2016 is going to be a huge year for superhero face-offs. DC and Warner Bros. Pictures' Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice has already been gaining attention (with various magazine covers and production stills), but Marvel fans are waiting in great anticipation for a first look at Captain America: Civil War. Their wish might be coming true, with Marvel Studios possibly releasing the first trailer for Captain America 3 in the near future.
While the first trailer for Civil War will be released soon, it is not the first time the footage will be seen by the public. Earlier in 2015, Marvel Studios released the first footage from Civil War at Disney’s D23 expo to a positive reaction. However, the trailer never made it online and has only been seen by those who attended the event - though descriptions of the trailer are floating around the Internet. Most notably, it mentioned the absence of Marvel’s newest superhero, Spider-Man.
Originally, Heroic Hollywood reported that according to the Russian theater chain Cinema Park, the first trailer for Captain America: Civil War will be attached to the latest James Bond film, Spectre, when it debuts in Cinema Park theaters next week. However, the site has since back-tracked on that claim, now that Collider (having heard back from its own sources) is reporting that the Civil War trailer will, in fact, drop with Star Wars: The Force Awakens - the more obvious choice since both Marvel and Lucasfilm are owned by Disney, of course.
As such, perhaps the bigger question is this: when the Civil War trailer does launch, what (or most importantly, who) will be in it?
The Civil War trailer could include most of the footage from D23, but there’s one character that fans have been dying to see: Spider-Man (Tom Holland). After his absence in the D23 footage, it remains to be seen if Marvel Studios continues to hold off on debuting the new Spider-Man. After all, the addition of the web-slinger was big news when Marvel first made the announcement - and the studio has made the hero a priority, even shifting Phase 3 to include Peter Parker.
However, with the sheer amount of superheroes in Civil War, it will be difficult to say who will make it in the first trailer. If Marvel really wants to please their fans, though, then maybe everyone’s friendly, neighborhood Spider-Man should at least be teased (if not appear outright).
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 – July 28, 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.