‘Captain America: Civil War’: Conflict With The World’s Mightiest ‘First Responders’

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The Captain America: Civil War comic book movie trailer debuted a short time ago, and from the footage, it appears there are sides being chosen. Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier recalls in the trailer a memory of his friend, Steve Rogers, who adjusted his shoe size via newspapers. Now that he’s escaped Hydra’s clutches, he’s considered a fugitive.

Anthony and Joe Russo are the directors and, according to International Business Times, they explained how all the events within Marvel movies up until this point would be making an impact in their film. Even in Avengers: Age of Ultron, there was something revealing between Captain America and Iron Man regarding what they believed and may not be entirely on the same page. This could likely even be further evolved in Captain America: Civil War. According to Joe, after having watched the movie, “Nothing will be the same.”

Nate Moore, executive producer, explains the consequences of vigilantism and that regulation of those with superpowers would be necessary. That just because you have powers, that you shouldn’t just hop to it and take care of business.

“Just because you can be first responders across the globe, doesn’t mean you should be.”

That being said, fans of the comic book world may recall the Superhuman Registration Act, which required those to reveal their identities and register with the government. There had been some major conflict there when authorities were met with resistance from those who did not comply. It was then that Tony Stark was the enforcer of the act, and was going up against Steve Rogers and those on his side to get him to comply with the governing regulatory agency.

In Captain America: Civil War, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige explained in a featurette that a third element or party is being added to mix via Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther character. His character is being introduced for the first time in this movie, and is said not to even be involved in the conflict between Steve Rogers and Tony Stark. Spider-Man has also been confirmed to make an appearance in the Marvel film, according to International Business Times.

Spider-Man is also said to be joining the ranks of the Marvel film, along with Ant-Man, for the purpose of comic relief, according to Cinema Blend. For those who have seen the two in action in their own solo films, you’ll probably understand they were both good for some laughs, considering that Civil War is said “to be one of Marvel’s darkest movies yet.”

Anthony Russo explained the lightheartedness portion of the story as the two come in at a later time. They were described as having less baggage than the rest of the Avengers crew, and it looks like the director is vying for a healthy mix of dark and light content.

“So they don’t have as much darkness to deal with in the film, so they can be a little lighter and more fun. I think the movie has a healthy balance between very serious, interesting and very surprising storytelling, and sort of light, fun wits and humor.

It was said that Captain America: Civil War would introduce the two into movie at a later time. This is likely to counter the darkness. Afterall, Marvel historically has been known for it’s lightheartedness. If anyone recalls Guardians of the Galaxy, one may believe that it follows the same “tone” of Ant-Man, which is not unlike the funny comedic delivery of Star-Lord. Peter Parker had lent his own funny lines and zingers in his solo Marvel movies, as well.

Some may recall in Ant-Man the mid-credit scene of Steve Rogers, Falcon, and Winter Soldier all together in one room, which provided a nice tie-in to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Captain America: Civil War is scheduled to debut come May 6, 2016. Which side will you choose?

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