As most comic book nerds know, Civil War is a story line where Cap and Iron Man are at odds about a new “Superhuman Registration Act” passed by the American government after a catastrophe by another superhuman villain killed 900 people including an elementary school. The Act calls for superheroes to become payed employees of the government whereby they cannot act as vigilantes with unlimited power, but rather a supervised task force. Some, like Steve Rodgers (Captain America) are against this act, while other, Tony Stark (Iron Man) are for it. Two teams form around these leaders with various heroes switching sides throughout the conflict.
The main story of Civil War is several issues long with many intricacies about the morality of the Act, public sentiment towards these so called “superheroes” and lost Avenger comraderies. I doubt Captain America: Civil War will go nearly as in depth in a two hour film, but it’s the spectacle that folks really pack the theaters for. As long as there is lots of explosions with shiny suits and RDJ being sarcastic, people will love the film.
Scenes of the trailer show the conflict revolving around The Winter Soldier’s antagonist Bucky Barnes, a.k.a. The Winter Soldier. Now a good guy (or at least now on Cap’s side), he’s globe trotting from country to country, running from whatever agency wants to hold him responsible for his crimes over the past half century (see The Winter Soldier). Being a very old friend of Cap, he tries to defend Bucky, knowing he’s aiding a fugitive. It seems Cap is operating on his own moral code, which only he can justify to himself. Iron Man is called on to take him down, and thus the “Civil War” moniker is appropriated. The destruction of Sokovia from Age of Ultron is hinted at through a document Thunderbolt Ross (who we haven’t seen since The Incredible Hulk) hands Cap. Makes sense that the world would be pretty miffed about a whole city being destroyed by The Avengers.
We get our first good look at Black Panther (played by Chadwick Boseman) in full action. He’s only in a couple seconds, but he looks sufficiently badass. We also see Scarlet Witch, Black Widow, Hawkeye, War Machine and Falcon. Missing are Vision, Ant-Man, and most notable the new Spider-Man (played by Tom Holland). In the comic book continuity, Spider-Man is pivotal in the Civil War story line. It remains to be seen how large of a role Spider-Man will have in Captain America: Civil War, but some reports say he’ll only have a short cameo.
Not expected to figure into the fray is Hulk, who was last seen in a jet flying to an unknown location, and Thor, who blasted off back to Asgard at the end of Age of Ultron.
The trailer looks awesome. I’m loving the uber technical fight sequence at the end between Cap and Bucky vs. Iron Man. As I’ve stated before, I love the Marvel Cinematic Universe and am on board with almost decision Kevin Feige makes. Captain America: Civil War opens May 6.