[This article contains SPOILERS for Captain America: Civil War.]
It seems like just yesterday (a couple of months ago, technically) that Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe burst onto screens with the superhero warzone, Captain America: Civil War. Everyone’s favorite Marvel heroes were choosing sides over the Sokovia Accords when a fresh crop of superpowered cohorts arrive on the scene. Relative newcomer Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and MCU fresh-cuts Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Spider-Man (Tom Holland) are caught in the growing chasm - as superhero registration and the hunt for a rogue Winter Soldier further tears the Avengers apart.
Long before the rifts formed (at least onscreen), Marvel’s staff was planning out one of its most impressive superhero endeavors to date. In the thick of blueprints and schematics was Marvel Visual Development Supervisor, Andy Park.
Recently, Park has been kind enough to share a few conceptual pieces with fans on Twitter, including an early look at Black Panther and Scarlet Witch’s alternative costumes, as well as our first look at Mantis from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Park’s most recent piece offers a stunning look at Ant-Man and the Spidey’s battle from the Battle of Leipzig. Ripped from the pages of Captain America: Civil War – Art of the Movie, the image just managed to make its way online. Feast your eyes below:
— Andy Park (@andyparkart) July 18, 2016
The action-packed sequence is a great look at what became part of the climactic duel. After all the chips fell in Civil War, two of Marvel Cinematic Universe’s offbeat recruits wound up on opposite sides of the schism. The once-diminutive Ant-Man signed on with Captain America (Chris Evans), while the youngest recruit, the third live-action iteration of Spider-Man, sided with fellow quipper Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.). Just as Giant-Man seemed to tip the scales to Team Cap’s side, Spidey pulled out an old Luke Skywalker move, taking the massive hero down like an AT-AT.
At this point, fans will probably have to wait at least until Spider-Man: Homecoming (if not longer) to find out how extensive the fallout from Captain America: Civil War is. As fans await the events which bring Doctor Strange into the MCU, Spidey prepares for his Homecoming, and Ant-Man heads to sequel-land with Ant-Man and the Wasp, it will be interesting to see how things shake out throughout the more esoteric and astronomical side of Phase 3.
True believers might have to wait until interstellar baddie Thanos puts together his Infinity Gauntlet to see the entire Avengers assemble once more, in spite of their bad blood. In the meantime, fans can relive their favorite scenes from Civil War in the comfort of their own home when it arrives on Digital HD on September 2 and Blu-ray, DVD, and on-demand on September 13.
Doctor Strange opens in U.S. theaters on November 4, 2016, followed by Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.