Who needs villains when you have heroes throwing punches at one another? That seems to be the question asked by the two biggest superhero movies of 2016, as both Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Captain America: Civil War predominantly feature storylines wherein the various costumed crusaders of either universe find themselves in a rather serious ideological dispute that sees them aim to settle things with their fists (and other implements of destruction, no doubt) rather than through calm, reasonable debate.
Clearly an unreasonable, physical debate is what fans are paying to see, and after the titanic tussle at the heart of DC’s universe-building effort, it’s now Marvel’s turn to demonstrate what happens when the folks tasked with keeping the world safe turn their incredible abilities on one another. Promos for Civil War so far have not shied away from giving the audience a glimpse at the action to come, but for the most part that action has been delivered in snippet form, free from context and a greater sense of who’s winning the battle against who.
No doubt most fans have already seen Tony Stark put on the ol’ Iron Glove to stop some hot lead from making the hero vs. hero conflict a brief and bloody affair. But there is still the question of why Tony finds himself going toe-to-toe with the Winter Solider without the aid of his trusty suit of armor. While that query remains mercifully unanswered in the extended fight sequence (above), the clip does answer the more immediate question of: What does it look like when Bucky goes up against, Tony, Natasha, Sharon Carter, and T’Challa all on his lonesome? The answer, of course, is: It looks pretty darn cool.
Civil War is now just a few weeks away from its release, and considering the already high anticipation for the star-studded film has been goosed even higher following a screening of the film at CinemaCon and several positive advance reviews, Marvel could release just about anything so long as it read Captain America: Civil War and it would likely be greeted with overwhelming approval. Of course, for those who aren’t averse to seeing a good chunk of a major fight sequence or bit of exposition without the normal build-up or payoff afforded those seeing the film in full, there’s always room for something like the Bucky V Everyone clip to continue stoking the proverbial fire.
But fight sequences aren’t all that Civil War has to offer, as the above batch of clips will demonstrate. While some of these scenes have been floating around the Internet for awhile – and some were even seen when the cast of the film made a joint appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live – watching them together does give a better sense of the film’s scope, while also suggesting it will be much more than a mere superhero throwdown.
The action sequences show Cap, Falcon, and Scarlet Witch going up against a team of commandoes in full body armor and playing around with automatic weapons – basically, they’re just asking for a punch in the face from Captain America. Naturally, the mask-wearing bad guys don’t stand a chance against Steve Rogers and his crew, but the focus on men equipped better than the armies of most small nations does hint at the film’s larger plot and perhaps even at an antagonist whose presence has been kept largely under wraps, so the film’s marketing can better focus on the superhero scenario du jour.
Such an intriguing proposition is definitely on the fringes of a sequence featuring Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang, who gets to shake the hand of Captain America and continue the one-upmanship he had with Sam Wilson when last they met. The sequence demonstrates how well the film will shift and adapt tonally depending on the needs of each particular scene. While this is nothing new for most Marvel films, the solemn nature of the film’s title (and its implications) and most of its marketing up until now has suggested a movie that will follow suit. Thankfully, in addition to the lighthearted appearance of Spider-Man – a.k.a. “Underoos” – Lang’s introduction to Team Cap adds some levity to an otherwise serious plot.
There is much more to be seen for sure. The behind-the-scenes featurettes focused on Scarlett Johansson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Emily VanCamp, as well as the one focused on the Russo brothers’ directorial style offers fans not only a glimpse of what it was like on the set of Civil War, but also some of the ideas that were central to the main storyline. While all of these clips might be more than some fans are willing to see for fear of the dreaded spoiler, it seems clear that there will be a great deal more going on in Captain America’s third (non-solo) movie than is seen in this collection of scenes and featurettes.
Captain America: Civil War will release on May 6, 2016, followed by Doctor Strange– November 4, 2016;Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017;Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok –November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 –May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans –July 12, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on May 1, July 10 and November 6, 2020.