Marvel slugfest hits in less than two-months!
You've all seen it (over 100 million views on YouTube in a few short days! Wowza.), but here it is one more time. After Batman and Superman punch it out in a few weeks, it'll be Cap versus Iron Man's (plus a lot of their friends) turn in May.
Here are my ten favourite things from the trailer:
The Winter Soldier, Bucky Barnes, cryogenically frozen again, but this time absent of his red Soviet star that usually adorns his left arm. There's been buzz about a flashback sequence, so maybe this is it. Easy to figure that something the Winter Soldier does helps to precipitate the titular Civil War. My guess is we'll see him assassinate Howard and Maria Stark, a catalyst for Tony going against his former comrade, Captain America.
The shot of "The Raft," a maximum security prison that houses the worst of the worst, like Tony's ex-girlfriends. In the comics, The Raft is actually in the Negative Zone, but that license is unavailable due it being owned by Fox and THE FANTASTIC 4 films. Shame.
This was seen before in the previous trailer but well worth mentioning. Love how Black Panther runs away from Cap before leaping and clawing Bucky's rear tire out. Just a fantastic scene. I'm intrigued to see how Panther and Cap's relationship changes through CIVIL WAR. Panther is clearly on the side of Iron Man to begin the film. What it morphs into later is what I'm excited about.
The way the trailer is cut makes it seem like Bucky is the one who takes down War Machine, but I think that's a ruse. Nothing we've seen has introduced the character of Baron Zemo who is played by Daniel Brühl, so maybe it's him, or more likely one of his lackeys (Crossbones, perhaps?) who does the deed.
Even more intriguing is, what if Don Cheadle's James Rhodes dies? In the comics, the character Goliath was killed in battle, upping the stakes of the rest of the series. What if Rhodey is the one who bites the dust? We've seen War Machine in that (seemingly) climactic battle on the airstrip against other heroes, so maybe him hurtling towards the earth, and having Tony pop off his face mask is only intended to open this very speculation. Still, he looks dead.
I don't believe we've seen this apartment before. Could this be where Peter Parker calls home? More on him later.
Black Panther's suit is comprised of mostly vibranium, which is located in his native Wakanda. Vibranium is also one of the main components of Cap's shield, so it makes sense that the bullets from the helicopter fire just bounce off of him.
This is the best, most detailed shot of Panther's suit, so let's take a moment and appreciate it. Just a terrific costume design. What it does lack is sufficient breathability. Read a report from the set of the film and Chadwick Boseman, who plays Panther, and his stunt double had a helluva time while filming, mostly due to the heat. To have it look this terrific, though, has to be worth it. At least for me.
Lots going on here. Vision and Scarlett Witch are both powered by the Mind Stone, so it makes sense that they'd be matched up as equals. Seems to be reason that Scarlett Witch has improved her mastery of her abilities, as Vision came out of the womb just kicking all sorts of ass. On paper Iron Man's team has many more heavy hitters. You'd have to reason that Vision eventually sees the light and joins Cap? Maybe not.
You'll also notice what appears to be Hawkeye laying unconscious on the floor. Dude must have run out of arrows.
Total comic book moment here. Ant-Man leaping off an hour that Hawkeye just fired. Fantastic. This is a throwback from a comic book featuring the two Avengers, though the cinematic version tops it. It's incredible the way he weaves through Iron Man's fingers to land on his arm. Tough to notice here, but Ant-Man's costume has been upgraded too. I'm digging the new helmet.
"I could do this all day" is a return to a line from CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER, where Steve Rogers pre-Super Soldier Serum, gets pummeled by a bully outside a movie theatre. Bucky came to his rescue then; maybe Steve will return the favour.
This snowy landscape has been featured a few times. Somewhere in Russia where Bucky was originally held?
And finally, the highlight of the trailer (but perhaps one that they should have kept until the film's release?), the introduction of Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It was rumoured that Spidey would make an appearance in CIVIL WAR's last trailer before the film hits in May, and they waited until the last three seconds to do so. Still, it's a extraordinary moment to see his movements and the way he webs Cap's shield and then binds his hands in one fluid leap. It's a lot of fun to see.
Robotic eyes (courtesy of Tony Stark), mechanical web-shooters; he even has a utility belt! Again, this battle has to be early on in the film, right? War Machine is still intact, and the team has to come together to defeat Zemo, you'd imagine. Still, it certainly looks the Avengers team is going to take some serious casualties along the way, and it's going to take them a while to recover.
Incredible hype already for this film, and this trailer only added fuel to the fire. Is there a chance that CIVIL WAR could match THE FORCE AWAKENS at the box-office? We'll find out May 6.