Well, after months of waiting, several false alarms, and much speculation online…the Captain America: Civil War trailer is finally here!
And I super underestimated just how emotionally painful this trailer (and ultimately this film) is going to be. Packed with tons of heroes, strong dialogue, and a truly dividing problem, this trailer has me as excited for Civil War as the teaser for Age of Ultron had me for its respective film. Let’s take a look at this anything-but-civil piece of cinematography and what it might ultimately mean for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Premiering on the Jimmy Kimmel show , this first big trailer for Civil War answers one major question:
What exactly are we divided about?
The general whispers and rumors from the studios about Bucky Barnes, AKA the Winter Solider, being at the center have been confirmed. Though the trailer remained somewhat vague about the exact plot, the general argument seemed to be what to do about a newly reformed Winter Soldier.
Naturally, Captain America wants to give everyone the benefit of the doubt and wants to help his old friend.
On the other end of the spectrum is Iron Man, who aligns more with the forces that are on the matter of limiting the superheroes. Unrestricted power is dangerous no matter who has it.
So we’ve got a beloved, brainwashed character who is trying to atone for his sins while Captain America is forced to choose between Bucky and Tony, neither of whom would take it well if they weren’t chosen, because they can’t get along.
Is…..is this a love triangle?
The trailer also revealed the return of General Ross, from the vaguely still included Incredible Hulk movie from 2008. Remember? Neither did Marvel until now.
In addition to a more solid understanding to the disagreement between Captain America and Iron Man, the trailer showed how the entirety of the Avengers team is divided between the two sides. Most notably, Black Widow (who famously allied herself with Captain America in his previous title role film) is shown encouraging the good Captain to stay out of the political fight, to which he asks: “Are you going to arrest me?”
This film is going to divide the Marvel universe right down the middle, nevermind the fanbase.
However, while there are a lot of reasons to be worried about your favorite characters, there are just as many reasons to be excited. For one, the Russo brothers are returning to direct this film, and after the narrative success of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, that alone is a reason to be excited. Characters like Black Panther are being introduced (thought Spider-Man seemed to be absent from the trailer).
Moreover, several cast members have come out saying they agree with Iron Man’s point of view, showing that the film might do a good job of balancing the argument rather than just making Tony the antagonist to Steve’s protagonist. Though no one can say for sure until the film comes out, as a die-hard Iron Fan, I am hopeful.
Then again, there are a lot of reasons to be worried. While the film itself might be a masterpiece, it could permanently split the beloved Avengers team forever. I can’t say my heart didn’t break when Tony said “So was I,” in response to Cap’s sad “He was my friend.” In addition, there is a lot of online speculation about the possibility of a major character dying in this installment. And what exactly are we going to do about that controversial Black Widow/Hulk ship that suddenly set sail in the last Avengers film? This film could create as many loose ends as it has to tie up.
So what are fans to do?
Option 1: Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst
The trailer sets this film up as a dark, action packed, thorough experiment worthy of deep discussion. Whether that turns out to be true, only time will tell.
Option 2: Assume the Worst, Be Surprised
Maybe this film will leave fans disappointed and upset. Maybe it won’t. But if you really don’t want to see your favorite characters in pain, you might want to skip this one. Maybe you should consider not being in this fandom altogether.
Option 3: Blame Joss Whedon
It just seems to be a trend.
All kidding aside, I was moved by this trailer and am utterly impatient for this movie to be released (sorry Star Wars, you’re only second on my anticipation list). This trailer got my heart pounding, my brain racking, and my inner (and outer) nerd reeling about what storm is coming for these characters. Whether you agree with Iron Man or Captain America, the one thing we all can agree on in that this film looks to be anything but “civil” and just might be the critical mass tipping point of this franchise. I highly recommend you see the trailer and if you can pick up a copy of the source material. Though the film will be vastly different from its inspiration, it will at least give you a taste of the kind of emotional (and physical) drama the MCU has in store for both the characters and the fans.