King Kong vs. Godzilla, Batman vs. Superman, Daredevil vs. Punisher: these days it seems that both big and small screens are dominated by legends going head to head. The allure is obvious, as pitting two heroes (or antiheroes) against one another not only makes for an entertaining battle, but also asks fans to get engaged and pick a side. This divide will be on full display with Marvel’s latest blockbuster offering, Captain America: Civil War.
The third film in the Captain America series will find Avengers teammates Steve Rogers a.k.a. Captain America (Chris Evans) and Tony Stark a.k.a. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) dividing their fleet of superheroes and fighting with one another over both the fate of Bucky Barnes a.k.a. The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) and the regulation of superheroes.
With only a month to go before its wide release, promotion for the film has been in overdrive with an international trailer focusing on the emotional stakes, set photos showing heroes going to battle, and sneak peek features announced regularly. Marvel has now released a new TV trailer for Civil War, and while it doesn’t reveal any new plot, it does feature some additional action-driven footage in the film; including, a close-quarters scuffle between Cap and Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman). You can check out the full Civil War TV spot, above.
“Do you really want to punch your way out of this?” Natasha Romanov a.k.a. Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) asks in between action shots that makes the answer clear. Regardless of whether he wants to or not, Rogers (and his team) will be fighting Stark’s side tooth and nail as they argue over the matter of whether the government should have some control over the Avengers and, one would assume, the Inhumans as well.
This trailer hits largely the same beats as the promos that came before: strong ideological differences infused with the personal pain of friendships ending and allies battling one another. Perhaps the most interesting part of the trailer is the new look at Black Panther, who is clearly on Team Iron Man. Since this film will be his first film appearance in the MCU before his own standalone vehicle, his introduction is one of the most intriguing. With the film so close to release, it won’t be long now until we know exactly where he stands in the fight, and why.
Captain America: Civil War opens in U.S. theaters on May 6, 2016. Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man – 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.