Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War trailer was finally released after months of anticipation. It definitely takes a different route for Captain America, who seems to spend most of the film running from the law. It was met with some fairly emotional reactions from fans, particularly after one scene in the trailer showed Captain America and his friend Bucky taking on Iron Man.
This is the first official trailer we’ve seen for the third installment of the Cap’s adventures, and it fills in much more of the movie’s plot. Marvel fans who haven’t read the comics have been wondering what would cause a civil war between some of the Avenger’s most loyal compatriots.
It opens up with a scene between Steve Rogers and his friend Bucky, who is now known as the Winter Soldier. Rogers asks Bucky if he remembers him at all, and it becomes clear that the Winter Soldier has some recollection of their old friendship.
He tells Rogers, “You used to stuff newspapers in your shoes.”
After this touching scene, it moves on to some of the politics of the show. We see that Bucky is going to be tried for his actions, and he escapes. It’s also revealed that the government will be enforcing some kind of action that limits the authority of superheroes. Captain America begins a quest to help his friend and preserve his right to continue protecting the country according to his designs. He and the Winter Soldier team up with Hawkeye, Falcon, Ant-Man, and Scarlet Witch.
On the flip side, Iron Man and Black Widow begin the pursuit to track down the vigilante team and bring them into custody. They believe in the government order, and with their team members, they begin a hunt for the Cap’s team. Their team members include The Vision, who you might remember from Avengers 2, Spider-Man, who will be making a cameo with the Avengers in the Marvel films, and War Machine.
What develops is a heart-wrenching battle between the two forces of good. In one scene that’s particularly difficult for Avengers fans to stomach, Captain America and the Winter Soldier take turns delivering blows to Tony Stark in his Iron Man suit.
At one point, the voice over shares Chris Evans telling Iron Man, “Sorry, Tony. You know I wouldn’t do this if I had any other choice. But he’s my friend,” to which Robert Downey Jr. replies, “So was I.”
It zooms in on Iron Man’s sad eyes.
The makers of this film and the trailer seemed to have done a wonderful job at evoking strong emotions in their viewers. To see Captain America’s strong devotion to his childhood friend come between another strong bond is very difficult to take for many of the viewers.
It’s an emotional journey, and many fans took to Twitter to share their feelings about it.
One user tweeted, “Not gonna lie, the ending of the @CaptainAmerica Civil War trailer got me a little emotional.”
Another fan stated, “Mixed feelings about Captain America: Civil War… I want to see the movie now, but the ending will kill me.”
The split between the two teams is an interesting philosophical development. It’s clear that all superheroes have a moral propensity to do some good in the world, but there is definitely a limit to what they view as good and evil. It’s a perfect representation of the fact that not all decisions are black and white.
Either way, it’s got fans at the edge of their seats, waiting for the upcoming release. Captain America: Civil War is set for release in theaters on April 29, 2016, in the United Kingdom, and May 6, 2016, in the United States.
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