While the storyline remains largely the same as the famous mid-2000s Marvel Comics crossover event, exact details about how the MCU versions of Cap and Shellhead come to blows remain to be seen. But what we have seen so far has shown that they will indeed come to blows - wearing some new costumes, to boot.
Fanboy scoopbreaker El Mayimbe broke the Civil War promo art of the "Cap vs. Iron Man" fight that you see above - and also this new image below, which depicts Iron Man's supposed armor design for the film:
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Now numbering can be tricky when it comes to Iron Man armors; there can be jumps in design across movies, or films like (Iron Man 3) throw so many suits at us that it's mind-numbing. In Avengers: Age of Ultron, Tony Stark started in the Mark 43, broke out the Mark 44 (aka "Veronica") for the Hulk fight, and ended the battle with Ultron in the Mark 45. Logic would then dictate that this new design (barring any models skipped over between films) is the "Mark 46" - which many fans are already labeling as the MCU version of the "Bleeding Edge Armor."
In the comics, the Bleeding Edge armor was developed after the Extremis armor, basically upgrading Tony Stark into a superhuman. The armor employs advanced nano-technology that essentially turns Tony's whole body into a living Iron Man suit. He can mentally control the nano-tech inside of him to manifest armors, clothes, or other devices at will; his intelligence and processing skills are boosted beyond human levels; and a "man-made star" power source in the chest node gives Iron Man more power than ever.
Based on how the MCU has treated Iron Man's armor evolution over these Phase 1 and 2 films, it's far from a guarantee that Captain America: Civil War will delve into something that requires as much screen time and explanation as Tony Stark developing the Bleeding Edge armor. He could just unveil the newest, fanciest armor he has in order to battle Cap and his New Avengers, and leave it at that.
On the other hand, the issue of how Iron Man can keep up in a world that has now seen A.I. like Ultron and The Vision come to life is something we talked with Robert Downey Jr. about long before Age of Ultron was in theaters. (Check out what he had to say in the video above.)
Now that Androids are walking the Earth, perhaps Tony feels the need to evolve himself into something that can compete on their level, in order to continue to protect the world. And having Stark once again playing god with evolution is something that would not sit well with characters like Steve Rogers and Wanda Maximoff, who have seen firsthand how much damage he can do.
No matter the explanation - what do you think of Iron Man's new armor for Civil War?
Captain America: Civil War - The events of the Age of Ultron left an imprint on the world, the collective governments of the world pass an act designed to regulate all superhuman activity. This polarizes opinion amongst the Avengers, causing two factions to side with Iron Man or Captain America, which causes an epic battle between former allies.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron is now in theaters, followed by Ant-Man on July 17 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.