In just over two weeks time, Marvel Studios will be launching Phase 3 of their Marvel Cinematic Universe with the premiere of Captain America: Civil War breaking out on the big screen. The film centers on the conflict between Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) and fellow member of The Avengers, Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), who are each joined by a team of heroes from the MCU (including Spider-Man and Black Panther) as they battle it out against one another in an all-out war.
As a bonus, if you happen to be standing in line with a bucket of popcorn and an IMAX ticket at an AMC theater, then you might be eligible to take home a collectable poster to commemorate the occasion. IMAX’s official Twitter account has exclusively revealed that three separate posters will be distributed at the theater chain over three consecutive Sundays in May. Check them out below:
Illustrated by Matt Ferguson, perhaps best known for his artwork on Marvel’s Phase 1/Phase 2 box sets, the first poster features Team Cap members: Captain America, The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), while the second presents Team Iron Man affiliates: Iron Man, Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and War Machine (Don Cheadle). The third and final poster features heroes from both sides, with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) front and center, alongside Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), The Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Vision (Paul Bettany) on the borders. AMC/IMAX hasn’t revealed which poster will be assigned to which date yet, but confirmed that they would be available at screenings on May 8, May 15 and May 22.
Over on the other side of the Internet, talented artist Alexander Lozano unveiled some stunning artwork of his own. The piece features the team leaders, Captain America and Iron Man, taking their gloves off in a brutal face-to-face encounter. He manages to perfectly capture Civil War’s two leads and the intricacies of the showdown, including the damages on Captain America’s suit and Iron Man’s half-destroyed armor. Take a closer look at the full image below:
Lozano posted the Captain America: Civil War concept art to his Tumblr page and wrote alongside it:
"…This was an unused piece that I was inspired to create at the end of working on the project. I wanted to show them fighting with their gloves off. Hope you like it!"
It seems like a tragedy that this breathtaking piece wasn’t used as official promotional art but it will surely serve to further excite fans for the star-studded scenes that are due to unfold next month. Aside from Captain America and Iron Man, who have been central to the film’s marketing hype, there are a large number of diverse characters making appearances and deserving their fair share of the limelight - something that has become one of the biggest concerns for some prospective filmgoers.
Rest assured though, as most critics who’ve seen the film have eclipsed these doubts with their early reviews, praising Joe and Anthony Russo’s ability to handle complex storylines and action sequences, all while building on the existing Marvel Cinematic Universe. If Captain America: Civil War is executed in a manner that also manages to showcase the roster of superheroes by way of sufficient screen time, then the film could prove to be a real game-changer.
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: Homecoming – 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.