Finally, finally, finally, finally, finally.
We finally get a look at Spider-Man in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, albeit a very brief one. The latest Civil War trailer hit last week, revealing more about the plot, character motivations, rosters and the youngest (and most popular) Avenger.
The trailer opens up with Bucky, a.k.a. The Winter Soldier, a.k.a. the villain from the Cap 2, coming out of some sort of holding cell. My guess is he’s still working for Hydra, but their hold on him is beginning to break at the onset of the film. By the end of Cap 2, Mr. Winter Soldier is having second thoughts about his position in life with Captain American reminding him how they were once great buds. I’m guessing the film starts with Bucky working for the bad guys, then Cap saves him, then they all fight about whether or not Bucky should be punished.
Thunderbolt Ross, who we last saw in The Incredible Hulk, has a sit down with Cap and some of the New Avengers (Scarlet Witch, Falcon, Vision, War Machine) about The Avengers past battles and how they left major cities, like New York and Washington D.C., ravaged or completely demolished. Cap is standing strong on his principles. He feels that they’ve always done what’s right and what’s needed and that they’re still best qualified to defend the world.
“This job… we try to save as many people as we can. Sometimes that doesn’t mean everybody. But you don’t give up.”
Stark (Iron Man) feels differently. He wants The Avengers to be monitored, to be under certain regulations from the government rather than being their own judge, jurry and executioners. It’s strange considering Stark never wanted to work with the government before now, having built everything the New Avengers are out of his own pocket and having famously said, “You want my property? You can’t have it. But I did you a big favor, I’ve successfully privatized world piece,” in Iron Man 2. It stands to reason that he’s done a lot of growing up since then considering he’s had his house destroyed, created an AI that wanted to wipe out all life on Earth, exploded an entire city and fought aliens in space. Some would come out of those things completely mentally and physically wrecked; if his only side effect is believing the government should take over The Avengers, I guess he’s going alright. Plus, he’s got yet another cool looking suit for this film.
“That’s why I’m here. We need to be put in check. Whatever form that takes, I’m game.”
The Civil War comic had a super prison located in a different dimension for extra, extra security. The film version, which we get a good look at, has a giant, under sea prison that’s meant for Cap’s gang I reckon, and I don’t reckon very often. Of course super heroes will need a super prison. Besides the fact they’re trying to kill each other, it shows how far Stark is willing to go to contain the threat of Steve Rogers (Cap).
We get more awesome looks at T’Challa, a.k.a. Black Panther. We see him outside of his suit at the UN building as it’s exploding for some reason not yet known. From that we can surmise that he’s already a prominent figure in his country. Representing Wakanda, I’m thinking that’s why he’s on Stark’s team. He believes Bucky had something to do with the explosion at the UN building and he’s summoning the power of The Black Panther to bring The Winter Soldier to justice. We see some awesome scenes of Black Panther sprinting like an unstoppable force towards Bucky who’s riding his motorcycle. He pounces atop cars through a tunnel with Cap struggling to keep up behind him then lunges at Bucky’s bike just like a jungle cat catching his prey. Later on, we see Panther and Bucky fighting on rooftop when a helicopter comes to shoot Panther. The bullets bounce off his suit like Cap’s shield. That vibranium suit armor ain’t no joke.
An iconic Marvel Comics image brought to the silver screen, we see Ant-Man being shot up towards Iron Man by way of a Hawkeye arrow. Brief scene, but who know what kind of havoc Ant-Man can cause if he slips inside Tony’s suit. Also, I can’t wait for the funny back-and-forth between Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang and Downey’s Stark.
Before the title pops up, we see the heroes all running towards each other, what the director calls the “splash page” scene, referring to the comic panels of all the heroes fighting one another. Not as many heroes on screen as in the comic, of course, but still cool to see them all in frame at once, sans the one HUGE addition.
After the title rolls, we get our first look at HIM. In what looks like a break in the battle, Stark calls out, “Underoos!” which is the signal for young Peter Parker to flip out of hiding, snatch Cap’s shield from his arm and simultaneously web his hands together all in one motion. Parker (Spider-Man) does a super hero landing on top of a nearby van then sheepishly mutters, “Hey everyone,” which is meant to not only be a facetious hello to the heroes gathered around, but also meant to break the forth wall, saying hello to us, the excited nerds of the world.
Spidey’s suit isn’t looking it’s best, or better than it has in the past. The best it’s ever looked was in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 when it looked like it was ripped straight from the page, however waisted on such a terrible, almost franchise killing film. The suit looks fully fabric, no rubber like past suits. The lines look like they lay within the fabric instead of raised up. The logo on his chest is almost unnoticeable – very small indeed. He’s got a few extra black stripes on each limb; not sure if just for aesthetics to differentiate it from past suites or if they serve some function to the hero. Finally, most notable are the moving eyes. They start normal, big and white, but shrink to look like Spider-Man is squinting. They sound robotic making, and since he’s on Stark’s side (at least from this look) I’d guess Tony had been working with young Parker in the past and helped him develop his costume.
Captain America: Civil War, the third installment in the Cap trilogy, releases May 6.