It was around this time last year that Marvel Studios released the first official teaser trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron which opened in theaters the following May. This is why fans are eagerly anticipating the first trailer for Captain America: Civil War (which has the same release window in 2016) - but as we learned this week, Disney is holding off and attaching it to Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens when it opens mid-December.
So, all we have to go on are unofficial set photos and leaked promo art, which have been quite revealing when it comes to determining which characters are on which side of the Civil War conflict - an event that arises out of a need to register and hold superheroes accountable. But of course, there will be twists and turns so what we see may not be what it seems.
We're going to delve into rumors and spoilers so if you wish to avoid knowing character and plot details for Captain America: Civil War, stop reading here. You have been warned.
Before we get into what characters may be switching sides, here are the team breakdowns:
- Steve Rogers / Captain America
- Bucky Barnes / The Winter Soldier
- Clint Barton / Hawkeye
- Sam Wilson / Falcon
- Sharon Carter / Agent 13
- Scott Lang / Ant-Man
- Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch
Team Iron Man/Pro-Registration
- Tony Stark / Iron Man
- James Rhodes / War Machine
- Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow
- Peter Parker / Spider-Man
- T'Challa / Black Panther
Outside of Scarlet Witch, who actress Elizabeth Olsen claims will have a "huge transformation" of powers, Cap's team is relatively under-powered. This is where the latest rumor comes into play. We've heard speculation that Black Widow may just be working undercover and is actually loyal to Cap but that seems too obvious and Tony Stark isn't that dumb. And of course, if the film is drawing inspiration from the comics, Black Panther and Spider-Man are probably not truly pro-registration, but the twist may come from Vision - Earth's walking, talking Infinity Stone.
The rumor comes from That Hashtag Show who claim that Vision will actually turn against Tony Stark in Captain America: Civil War. We should note this is the same source who claimed to have insiders revealing to them that Matthew McConaughey was in talks to play Norman Osborn in the MCU and we know he was offered (and turned down) the villain role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. They do claim however, that this Civil War scoop comes from the same source as their info on Avengers: Age of Ultron which correctly explained the origins of Vision and connection to the Mind Stone.
Their report continues to explain that Vision and Scarlet Witch do share a relationship in Captain America: Civil War but after "major events" Vision actually leaves Earth. This seems comparable to the Avengers 2 ending which sees Hulk bolting off (initially rumored to be leaving Earth as well) but Vision leaving Earth has major implications of Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If true, this means Captain America 3 is already beginning to lay the groundwork for bridging the gap between Earth and the Marvel cosmic side - an inevitable happening leading up to Avengers: Infinity War.