Warning: All of what I’m about to say may very well be me speculating and theorizing. So if I say something that contradicts something that is revealed later than that is why. Also just to be on the safe side I’m just going to say there are possible spoilers below but I highly doubt there’s anything that will ruin the movie if I mention it.
Hello interweb, Nate here. So Captain America: Civil War finally has its first trailer released for the world to see and since I’ve done one of these “Review and Explained” for the past few trailers why not do this one. The trailer is at the top of this post so you can see what I’m talking about as I review this thing so let’s get into this trailer!
Now right off the bat before even touching the trailer, I real quick want to mention that the teams for the Civil War has been released as images that you can see here. On Cap’s side we have from left to right: Ant-Man (on Hawkeye’s shoulder), Hawkeye, Agent 13 (I admit I had to look her up), Captain America, Falcon, and Winter Soldier aka Bucky Barnes. On Iron Man’s side we have: War Machine, Black Widow, Iron Man, Black Panther, and Vision. Now the first thing you may notice is that Spider-man isn’t listed on any of those teams despite the confirmation of being in this movie. What I’m guessing is his role will be similar but altered from his role in the Civil War comics. In the comics Spider-man started on Iron Man’s side as he just wanted to avoid a fight and thus he revealed his identity to the public (but his identity was restored “thanks” to One More Day) but later switched to Cap’s side after he realized what was wrong with Tony’s views. I doubt that he would reveal his identity in this as this is his introduction to the MCU but maybe he switch sides right before he reveals his identity? This does seem like a more loose adaptation of the story so anything’s possible.
The second noticeable thing is how small these teams are. The original Civil War literally tore the Marvel universe in half but the comics have had decades of history and hundreds of characters that made it feel like a war. The MCU is still a fairly new universe and doesn’t have the movie rights to all of the characters present within the original story which means that the Fantastic Four, X-Men, Young Avengers, and characters like Cloak, Dagger, She-Hulk, Ms. Marvel, Hercules, Sentry, etc. will either not appear or is very unlikely to appear in the movie. Daredevil is possible (you can see him in the image above in the bottom left) but I have yet to hear any news about him in the movie so it’s probably not going to happen. Punisher (who did play a small role in the original story) has been confirmed to appear in Season 2 of Daredevil’s Netflix show but similarly to Daredevil I haven’t heard any news about him appearing in the film so it’s pretty unlikely he’ll show up either. I do kinda wish that this film would introduce some of these characters and mention how they’ve been doing their thing off-screen (like what they’ll likely do with Spider-man and Black Panther) so it feels a bit bigger like an actual Civil War but that’s very unlikely to happen based on what we’ve seen so far.
So the very beginning of the trailer (0:07-0:35) already shows some character relationships that will be important within the film. As most of you guys know, Bucky and Cap has been allies since the second World War and if you’ve seen Captain America: Winter Soldier than you already know Bucky’s past with Hydra after Cap got frozen in the ice. I feel like this is going to add up to the Superhuman Registration Act (I’m just gonna say SRA to make thinks simpler) since Cap would help Bucky despite his criminal history. After all, what right does Cap have legally speaking to just tell everyone to ignore a criminal? On top of that, when Cap asks Bucky if Bucky remembers him all Bucky needed to say was “yes” but instead went with a more emotion-filled reply. This could show the history these two characters have but it may also be Bucky playing Cap so we’ll just have to see.
I do want to point out this explosion at 0:23. This whole war is about the SRA and the reason the SRA is such a hot debate is because everyone has a different opinion on it. Should the government limit superhero’s powers or should they keep them in check? So this explosion (depending on who’s exploding what in this scene) could push towards the SRA. In the original story, the SRA was thought up due to a younger group of superheros accidentally blowing up a school and killing a bunch of kids. So something of that nature would suffice for the act to even be made in the first place.
This entire chunk of the trailer is starting to give out the reasons for the SRA (0:39-1:15). General Ross (you can see him at 0:50) is a military leader who is famous for his hatred towards superheroes and his line “Captain, while a great many people see you as a hero, there are some who prefer the word: vigilante” is a good argument for the SRA to pass. Realistically speaking behind the costumes and the flashy powers, it is easy to see how these people can be viewed as such. They may be protecting people with high tech gadgets, high level training, or superhuman abilities, but at the end of the day they are doing it outside the law and with these people remaining unchecked it is possible for them to do some damage. As general Ross says, “That’s something the world can no longer tolerate.”
At 0:57 you can see Scarlet Witch (I think it’s Scarlet Witch) given a document labelled “SOKOVIA ACCORDS” which I think is a reference to the Avengers: Age of Ultron where they faced Ultron on the floating city. Considering how much damage was done and how many people probably died there, this is just one more reason for the SRA considering that it was the Avenger’s fault (well, mainly Tony’s) for Ultron in the first place. Frankly with everything that has happened in the MCU up to this point there is a lot that can push for the SRA: the destruction of NYC in Avengers, the destruction of Sokovia in Avengers: Age of Ultron, heck Ultron himself in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and I’m pretty sure Tony Stark destroyed his mansion in one of his movies during a party so that could make people see him as unstable.
At 1:02 you can see Black Widow talk to Captain America as Bucky rides off on a motorcycle. I feel like this trailer is pushing how important Bucky’s going to be as this is a Captain America movie and Bucky is the only thing Cap really has from his old life. Black Widow and Captain America are both close friends but considering how much Black Widow sides with the government it isn’t really surprising that she’ll be on Iron Man’s side so it will be sad to see these two fight each other. However that is the main point behind civil war and I will get to that more in a bit.
And now we have Iron Man in the picture and the trailer’s showing the conflict between these two (1:16-1:30). Iron Man seems to have a black eye here so I’m wondering if this isn’t their first scene in the movie. Iron Man’s line “If we can’t accept limitations, we’re no better than the bad guys” only for Cap to reply “That’s not the way I see it” is just building up with opposing sides to the upcoming battle. The whole point to Civil War is that it’s a not a fight among a team of superheros, it’s a fight among a family of superheroes. If you read comics than a lot of times you’ll notice that when a group of superheroes remain as a team for long enough than they become less of a team of superheroes and more of a family of superheroes. Friendships form and trust is developed, but the reason Civil War is so heartbreaking is because the war is literally destroying the friendships of these heroes as well as their trust. Although war can strengthen the trust between friends too which can be seen when Cap grabs Bucky’s shoulder at 1:28.
We get to see some Falcon action here and considering the ties Falcon has with Cap it’s really no surprise that he’s on his side (1:32-1:41). One thing that I am curious about is that Falcon is currently Captain America in the comics so I wonder if they’ll ever do that down the line. I doubt it, but it would be fun to see. They could have Steve Rodgers arrested at the end of the film (like the comics) and Sam Wilson could take it up afterwards.
And now we finally get to see some of the fights going on among the two teams (1:46-1:59). We finally get to see some screen time for Black Panther and his presence in the film kinda confuse me. In the original story, Black Panther remained in Wakanda (the African kingdom that he rules over) and remained neutral to the war as he didn’t see any reason to get involved with American politics. So the fact that he’s on Iron Man’s side here really makes me question what they’re planning on doing with him. He really has no reason (as far as I can tell) to side with Tony but maybe Tony managed to convince him so he can use vibranium with his armor.
Right at 1:52 we see Cap’s entire team running off to battle. Not really much to say here but I can’t see Ant-Man so I wonder if he’s just really small at the moment or if he’s not in this scene yet. I’m actually really excited for Scarlet Witch and it’s interesting that they’re going to let her fly during this scene. I’m still confused on her powers here as I don’t know how they are the same or how they differ from the comics so anythings possible. Still kinda ticked that Quicksilver isn’t here though but I’m not going to spoil why for those of you who haven’t seen Avengers: Age of Ultron yet.
Right at 1:57 I find this moment really bad@$$ since Captain America is preventing a helicopter from flying! This is just showing off his superhuman strength and I couldn’t love it enough. We all know that Cap is a super soldier but I kinda feel like his strengths are rarely ever pushed like this so it’s nice of them to show it off.
At 1:59 Bucky places something on Iron Man’s suit so I think it’s probably designed to shut the suit down or something. I don’t know for sure but that’s my guess. Although I kinda expect Tony to have a back up plan for if that ever happens (which is always my response when people tell me that an Iron Man vs Batman fight would result in an EMP batarang).
This next few seconds of the trailer kinda summarizes what the entire film is suppose to be at 2:00-2:16. Cap tells Iron Man “Sorry Tony, you know I wouldn’t do this if I had any other choice, but [Bucky]’s my friend” and Tony replies with a sad “So was I”. It’s sad, it’s depressing, you should feel like you don’t want this to happen, and this is what the story was all about. This film should have broken hearts all over the place and these lines seem to deliver. Then we have a fight scene where Cap and Bucky is just beating up Iron Man and it should feel hard to watch. I do want to add that I like how the fight is done with Cap throwing his shield at Iron Man, having it ricochet towards Bucky who catches it, and than seeing Bucky toss it back. Happens so quick but is just so well done.
Overall a really well done trailer. I really don’t have much more to say beyond what I’ve already said. I am kinda nervous about how it’ll play out considering the lack of characters available and how young the MCU is compared to the comic universe but considering that the films have developed these characters so much and at this point they do feel like friends it should be fine. This film also seems to be pretty political in nature which does make sense since comic books often have political meanings behind metaphors so it will be interesting to see this film tackle that. If you have any thoughts or theories about the trailer or what’s been revealed about the film and let me know in the comments below, I wanna hear your guys thoughts on this.
So two polls today. Poll 1: Do you stand with Iron Man or Captain America? Poll 2: What are your thoughts on the first Captain America: Civil War trailer?