Wow. We get yet another trailer for Captain America: Civil War and it just builds my confidence. Yes, there’s a lot of heroes in this, but it seems to very squarely focus on Captain America. His choices. His motivations. His internal struggle. And this trailer finally gives us our first tease of Marvel’s best known superhero making his way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Spider-Man!
I’m not going to show any shots we’ve seen in the previous trailer. If you’re curious about that, you can see our previous trailer breakdown. This one starts off with a shot of the Arctic, then this prison. Looking at the guns on the soldiers, this seems very likely a Soviet prison. So we are probably getting a small flashback scene in this movie.
We get a Captain America voiceover: “This job. We try to save as many people as we can. Sometimes that doesn’t mean everybody. But you don’t give up.”
Inside the prison is Winter Soldier in some sort of stasis. In the comics, the Soviets brainwashed him and kept him on ice to do assassination missions. Agent Carter season 1’s finale actually established that Dr. Faustus (brainwashing expert) and Arnim Zola (who started Winter Soldier’s experiments to turn him into a supersoldier) met. It’s also been implied that Hydra was responsible for the death of Iron Man’s father, Howard Stark, a founder of S.H.I.E.L.D. Maybe Winter Soldier killed him?
General Ross from The Incredible Hulk confronts the Avengers with video footage of the devastation resulting from their battles. Although, to be fair, the Avengers kind of STOPPED all those things. Loki, Hydra and Ultron caused the problems. The Avengers saved lives. Regardless, the world’s governments are nervous about how much power these people have. That’s fair.
Ross’ voiceover: “New York. Washington, D.C. Sokovia.”
Scarlet Witch is especially upset by the footage. And of course she is. Sokovia’s capital was destroyed and that was her home. She lost someone important in that battle.
Cap speaks up: “Okay. That’s enough.”
We’ve seen this bomb destroy a building in the last trailer. We don’t know yet but it seems like it’s a world government meeting along the lines of a UN meeting that gets attacked. While Winter Soldier/Bucky is clearly blamed for it, I think it’s more likely that he’s been framed by someone like Baron Zemo, who we know has been cast in this movie but we haven’t seen him yet. Either way, this explosion is the movie version of the Stamford incident that sets off the Civil War storyline in the comics, where innocent people died in an explosion, provoking a desire for superheroes to register instead of acting independently.
Ross replies to Cap from the last shot: “Captain. People are afraid.”
The bombing scene is slightly expanded this time and we see Chadwick Boseman has survived the bombing. He’s playing T’Challa, King of Wakanda. AKA The Black Panther.
Here’s Iron Man jumping out of a helicopter in stormy weather.
We hear Tony Stark in voiceover, cut to respond to Ross’ line about people being afraid: “That’s why I’m here. We need to be put in check. Whatever form that takes, I’m game.”
A large base comes up out of the ocean and the helicopter Iron Man popped lands on it. What massive structure could this be?
We hear Cap reply to Tony: “I’m sorry Tony. If I see a situation pointed south I can’t ignore it. Sometimes I wish I could.”
Well, the next shot is Tony Stark in what appears to be a superhuman prison. The cells remind me of the one they had for Hulk in Avengers, anyway. So if this is the inside of the structure in the sea, it’s probably the movie version of The Raft, a prison for superhumans.
Tony replies to Cap: “Sometimes I want to punch you in your perfect teeth.”
We saw, in the last trailer, Black Panther chasing Winter Soldier on a motorcycle but it’s extended a bit here. Captain America can run incredibly fast but Black Panther easily outpaces him. Cap may be peak human, but Panther is beyond that.
Cap voicover to Tony: “I know we’re not perfect. But the safest hands are still our own.”
Black Panther easily leaps over a speeding truck. So yeah, he’s powerful.
And he tackles Winter Soldier off of his bike. He seems to really, really hate Winter Soldier. Like, beyond even the bombing. Could Winter Soldier have ever assassinated someone from Wakanda, perhaps?
This is fairly explicit confirmation that Tony has evolved his armor into the Bleeding Edge armor. In the comics, that’s a type of nanotech that can pop out and surround him when he needs it. It’s pretty much his most powerful suit yet.
And he does it just in time to literally catch a bullet that Winter Soldier fires point blank at Tony’s head. Wow. Winter Soldier is willing to KILL Tony? He shook his brainwashing at the end of Captain America 2. But he obviously is still very, very dangerous. Look at how shocked Tony is.
The trailer shows this shot and the next as though they are related but the setting doesn’t quite match so it could be misleading. Here, Winter Soldier is somewhere dark and aims a seemingly normal rifle.
But the next shot is an energy weapon firing, outside, across War Machine’s chest. It seems to take out his arc reactor power source, shutting the armor down.
War Machine plummets from the sky and in the next shot, Tony removes his faceplate on the ground. War Machine isn’t moving. Could they actually kill him in this movie? It seems a bit extreme. It’s possible, but I’m betting with as few black superheroes as the movies have, they’d only wound him, not kill him off.
We hear a Tony Stark voiceover here: “I was wrong about you. The whole world was wrong about you.”
Here’s a shot of Black Widow easily taking out some heavily armed soldiers seemingly being led by Crossbones. Crossbones is Brock Rumlow, the Hydra traitor in the last movie.
Black Widow warns Tony about the road he’s going down. Interesting that we later see her teamed up with Iron Man, though. Also, we very clearly see that Tony has a black eye and his arm in a sling. He also has the sling in the shot above where he’s in the prison. When did he get so injured?
Tony says to Natasha: “They’re coming for you.”
She answers: “I’m not the one who needs to watch my back.” She then storms off angrily.
Iron Man and Captain America have a heated conversation in what could be the prison Winter Soldier was seen in. And Iron Man is seething.
Cap says: “This doesn’t have to end in a fight, Tony.”
He actually loses his temper and punches Cap, sending him flying across the room. There is a man sitting in a chair in a tube. Could that be Winter Soldier? Who else could it be? But why would he be back there? Maybe he’s still being manipulated after all.
Tony answers Cap: “You just started a war!”
Iron Man seems to have declared war, releasing missiles that blast Cap across the airport tarmac. Looks like the big team vs. team scene takes place at a German airport, based on the language in the background of these shots.
This scene features Winter Solder (not in his black suit) fighting Black Panther. It may take place immediately following that bombing, before Winter Soldier’s been brought in by Cap. There’s also a helicopter above them that starts shooting at them. Could it be the same helicopter we see Steve Rogers (not in his uniform) hanging onto in the first trailer?
Here’s Scarlet Witch throwing a hex on Vision that seems to depower him. Where is this taking place? Doesn’t look like the airport. Maybe at Avengers headquarters in upstate New York?
Here’s a really cool shot based on something these characters did in the comics. Hawkeye looses a special arrow that breaks into about six arrows. But one is carrying something extra.
It’s Ant-Man! He launches from the arrow between Iron Man’s fingers and lands on him. Not sure what Ant-Man can do to Iron Man, but it looks cool. I love a superhero team-up move.
If you’ve seen the current Lego sets out there, there could be a spoiler about what Ant-Man does next. But I won’t give that away. Just be aware that if you look in the toy aisle, there’s a potential spoiler.
Cap takes a beating in this trailer. This shot features a clear shot of Crossbones, with some sort of power fists, just whale on Cap, sending him flying across a marketplace. Ouch.
This shot is Cap fighting Iron Man in some sort of arctic area. Winter Soldier’s brainwashing prison? Iron Man aims a repulsor at Captain America and says: “Stay down. Final warning. ” In a really great callback to the first Captain America movie, Steve, totally beaten up, says: “I could do this all day.”
And we close with a shot of Captain America’s and Iron Man’s teams attacking one another at the airport. On Iron Man’s team are Vision, War Machine, Black Panther and Black Widow. On Cap’s side is Falcon, Winter Soldier, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, and Ant-Man. We don’t see her in this trailer but Sharon Carter/Agent 13 is back in this one, too, and would likely be Team Cap.
Iron Man calls in backup. “Alright, I’ve run out of patience. Underoos!” A web shoots down and covers Cap’s shield, yanking it away. Yeah, this is pretty exciting for comics nerds like me.
Cap loses his shield and finds his hands completely bound by webbing within a second.
And flipping in is none other than Spider-Man. An awkward teen voice behind the mask quips: “Hey everyone.” He flips and quips. He looks a little digital right now but the costume looks really good. Bright colors, good mask and emblem. Slightly overdesigned arms but I guess they have to do SOMETHING different for his third live action movie version.
Spidey’s eyes narrow, similar to what they just did with Deadpool in his movie. May 6th can’t get here soon enough!