Marvel gave fans an early Christmas present on Wednesday that’s likely to get people looking past the holiday season to spring of the new year. The first official trailer for the studio’s big Phase 3 kickoff, “Captain America: Civil War,” has finally been released, giving fans their first look at the action-packed conflict.
At long last, the highly anticipated bout between superheroes and former friends Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) looks more like a reality than ever now that audiences were allowed their first look at what the film will be. However, with so much going on and such a rich film back catalog to pull from, many may have missed a great deal of the finer details in the new teaser. To help make sure nothing important falls by the wayside, below is a rundown of five things you may have missed on your first viewing of the “Civil War” trailer:
1. Bucky’s Back
Last time fans saw Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) he’d started to show signs that he remembers his pre-World War II identity by saving Cap from an explosion. Since then, both Cap and his friend Falcon (Anthony Mackie) have been scouring the globe looking for him. In the first moments of the trailer, it’s revealed that their search is finally over. They find Bucky in the same mechanical vice he was trapped in during the “Ant-Man” end-credits teaser and he’s clearly got all of his memories back.
2. The Accords
As the film’s synopsis notes, a great deal of “Civil War” will see the superheroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) deal with the fact that the public believes they need to be regulated. There was speculation as to what event would cause the public outcry, but it seems we may have already seen it. Cap, Falcon and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) sit down for a meeting with General Thaddeus Ross (William Hurt), reprising his role from the 2008 film “The Incredible Hulk.” He informs Cap that the public views him as an unregulated vigilante and hands him a document titled “Sokovia Accords.” For those that don’t remember, Sokovia was the fictional European city that Ultron almost destroyed in “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” While the mighty super team managed to save a great deal of people, perhaps the cost of human life that day was more astronomical than the “Avengers” sequel let on.
3. “There Will Be Consequences”
While the movie will mostly be a film about Captain America, it has always been billed as a sort of team up between him and Iron Man. It seems that, similar to the way he does in the comic books, Tony Stark is on board with the idea of registration and it may begin with the apprehension or assassination of The Winter Soldier. While Stark probably looks at Barnes’ capture as a necessary evil, Cap simply won’t let his friend be taken, which leads to a very tense hallway discussion between the two suited-up characters.
4. Black Panther
The trailer briefly gives fans their first look at the factions separating Cap and Iron Man. While the billionaire playboy has his best friend James Rhodes (Don Cheadle) donning his War Machine armor, Captain America seems to have The Winter Soldier, Falcon, Black Widow, Scarlett Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) on his side. From there, the trailer cuts to a bevy of very quick shots involving the newest character in the MCU, the Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman). While it’s unclear exactly how the new hero will get involved, it appears he’s in favor of registration given that he’s mostly battling Cap’s forces in the trailer.
The story seems like it will be about Captain America having to decide what’s more important, his friend or his greater mission to be a superhero. Unfortunately for Iron Man, it looks like the decision between friend and foe is made pretty easy thanks to a clear injury suffered by his best friend Rhodes. After what appears to be a clash between every superhero on the board, Iron Man is holding the unconscious body of War Machine in his lap, proving that this will be more than just a personal story for Steve Rogers.
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