Marvel certainly knows how to build anticipation for a long awaited movie. After releasing numerous standalone films including Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Iron Man 1, 2, and 3, Marvel Studios is launching Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Captain America: Civil War. While technically this is the third film in the Captain America series, the action will pick up where Avengers: Age of Ultron left off. Focusing on the tension between Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr) and Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans), these two heroes will go head to head, battling it out over who should regulate all of the superheroes and how.
Despite very vocal requests from fans, no trailer has yet been released to the general public and instead footage is being unveiled at various conventions. This year Marvel Studios did not attend Comic-Con International in San Diego, instead choosing to tease Captain America: Civil War at Disney’s D23 Expo, where Chris Evans and Anthony Mackie screened the first movie trailer. We can now reveal more details about the film, as another group of fans has been lucky enough to see some new footage.
A new version of the Captain America: Civil War trailer was screened at this year's AsiaPop Comic Con in Manila, Philippines. The footage seems very similar to what was previously seen at D23, though attendees have reported on Twitter (via CBM) that the trailer contained some new and extended scenes from the first. The fight between Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) is extended, with the two former partners battling it out and Hawkeye landing some serious hits - possibly critically wounding her.
The Ant-Man scene has also been extended, with Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) effusively thanking Captain America for bringing him on board. Fittingly, Lang seems to be the comic relief in this tense and action packed trailer as - in a call back to Peggy Carter in the first Captain America - he reaches out and pokes Rogers pectoral muscle, to see how firm it is.
This film will divide the Avengers team, and in what may be an elaborate twist the Black Widow seems to be acting as a double agent, as footage shows her giving a report to Stark and General Ross. It will also serve to introduce new superheroes with Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) making his first major appearance and Vision (Paul Bettany) returning after being introduced in the second Avengers film. The latter will be going up against both Falcon and the Scarlet Witch. It's not all grim news; this trailer also included a long overdue hug between once best friends Bucky Barnes and Steve Rogers.
Fan response to both trailers has been overwhelmingly positive, and after the D23 expo it was widely expected that the trailer would later be released to the general public. It has not yet been announced if this updated trailer will arrive online any time soon, but it seems like Marvel is content to wait and let the positive word of mouth build excitement around this movie. If nothing else, the gradual unveiling of the footage is excellent marketing.
While high expectations can be a dangerous thing for a blockbuster, this film seems poised to exceed them. If - as the trailer descriptions suggest - the third Captain America maintains the pacing and tight script that we saw in Winter Soldier, this might be the best installment yet.
Captain America: Civil War opens on May 6, 2016; Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man reboot – July 28, 2017;Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Black Panther – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – November 2, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; and Inhumans – July 12, 2019.