In case excitement and anticipation for Captain America: Civil War wasn't at a peak level already, the first official trailer that released earlier this week managed to surpass our already high expectations. Captain America: Civil War will kickstart Marvel's Phase Three in May, followed by Doctor Strange in November, further expanding the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
As seen in the trailer, the movie will focus heavily on Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier and his return after being tortured and controlled by Hydra for decades. The last time we saw the Winter Soldier he was visiting the Smithsonian's exhibition on Captain America, where he came face to face with his own picture and life story as James Buchanan Barnes. There's also the post-credits scene in Ant-Man, which is a scene from Civil War that, in a way, serves as a prelude to the Civil War trailer. Clearly a lot has happened with Bucky since Captain America: The Winter Soldier; fortunately, Civil War will fill in the gaps.
During the international press tour for The Martian, Bucky Barnes actor Sebastian Stan revealed that we will see more of the Winter Soldier's story and what he went through in between Captain America movies.
"Where we find him after Winter Soldier, he's in a place where he is learning about himself, and he's discovering – as you saw in the last scene of The Winter Soldier, at the museum – he's starting to put the pieces together, starting to learn about the past. Where he's been. What he's done. And as you'll see in the next movie, it doesn't come without a huge price: emotionally, mentally and... yeah, it's not easy for him to learn about what he's done."
As seen in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Bucky was responsible for Howard and Maria Stark's deaths. Civil War will bring together the Winter Soldier and Tony Stark, which could result in a personal battle. As to whether this will come up in the movie or not, Sebastian Stan said that, "Without giving anything away, all I can say is that he's a problem for a lot of people."
Bucky Barnes was heavily tortured and had his memory wiped by Hydra countless times, but the terrorist organisation is still the reason by Bucky is alive. This makes it a complicated relationship, as explained by Stan himself.
"You have to remember it is the same Hydra in a sense that is responsible for him still being alive. And what happened before the movie Winter Soldier – and there will be a lot of things sort of made more clear in Civil War about what happened with him – kind of set up this relationship that he may always have with Hydra, one way or another. Because in a way they are like his second family. If that makes sense."
Although the ensemble for this movie is composed mainly by members of the Avengers and New Avengers, this is – first and foremost – a Captain America movie, meaning that it will likely focus on Steve Rogers' relationship with his old pal Bucky Barnes, and the conflict this causes with new pal Tony Stark. That said, the Sokovia Accords will surely play a vital role in the future of the Avengers, and could set things in motion for The Avengers: Infinity War.
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.