[WARNING: This post contains Mild SPOILERS for Captain America: Civil War.]
Ant-Man, Marvel's next cinematic installment and the swan song to Phase II, is exactly two months away. But that hasn't stopped the hype and anticipation surrounding its next next film, Captain America: Civil War, from overshadowing and, appropriately, squashing the small hero.
With its massive superhero roster, iconic comic book storyline, and the potential for Spider-Man to make his MCU debut, Civil War is, in every sense of the word, bigger than Ant-Man - and possibly any preceding Marvel tentpole. So it only makes sense for the film to already be making headlines with a steady influx of leaked set images, videos, and rumors.
Following glimpses of Black Panther's hometown, Wakanda, Frank Grillo as Crossbones, and most recently, Black Widow and Scarlet Witch on the run (or on a mission?), new videos from the African Market-based set feature Captain America and Black Widow in action and Anthony Mackie's Falcon taking flight during a battle sequence.
Check out the two videos below:
The first video provides a brief look at what appears to be a chase sequence through the streets of Africa, in which Captain America and Black Widow - or their stunt doubles - are seen doing what they do best: leaping over cars and weaving through traffic, respectively. As with any high-speed chase, the primary question becomes: Are our heroes the chasers or the chasees? And if the latter, who might be chasing them?
It's possibly the same kind of foe Falcon takes down in the second video. Judging by the man's all-black garb - and Crossbones' confirmed appearance in Wakanda - the most likely scenario is that Captain America and co. are being hunted by Crossbones and his men, possibly on orders from the United States Government.
If Civil War follows the plot of its comic book counterpart, Steve Rogers will oppose the some variation on the Superhero Registration Act implemented by the government, making he and his allies fugitives. Considering Crossbones' defeat and disfigurement at the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier - and the fact that he was previously employed by S.H.I.E.L.D./Hydra - it wouldn't be at all surprising if he were to realign himself with the government for a chance at revenge.
Whether or not that revenge takes a deadly turn by culminating in Captain America's assassination - as happened in the comics - remains to be seen. With Chris Evans contractually signed for one more appearance following Civil War, the film could very well deviate from its source material and spare the hero's life. Then again, he didn't actually die in the comics either - he was just unstuck in time for a while, which resulted in him appearing as though he were dead. (Comics, everybody.)
The Avengers: Age of Ultron is now in theaters, followed by Ant-Man on July 12, 2015, Captain America: Civil War on May 6, 2016, Doctor Strange on November 4, 2016, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on May 5, 2017, Spider-Man on July 28, 2017, Thor: Ragnarok on November 3, 2017, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 on May 4, 2018, Black Panther on July 6, 2018, Captain Marvel on November 2, 2018, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 on May 3, 2019, and Inhumans on July 12, 2019.
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