While Star Wars: The Force Awakens continues to break records in the box office, fans can start looking forward to the release of what is expected to be 2016's big hit, Captain America: Civil War. With that in mind, brand new concept art has officially been released, revealing a little bit more about what fans can expect to unfold in the upcoming film.
According to ScreenCrush, the new art was created by Andy Park and Ryan Meinerding, two of Marvel Studio's top artists. Fortunately for fans, the artists released the new images on Instagram, offering a few hints concerning some of the character development in the movie.
The images that were released feature a massive fight between the two lead characters in the film, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Captain America (Christ Evans). Included in the epic struggle are a variety of characters that will fighting for one side or the other, including Falcon (Anthony Mackie), War Machine (Don Cheadle), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), Vision (Paul Bettany), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson).
Park also revealed that he had an extra fun time painting three particular characters because of his past work with them in other Marvel films. "It was especially fun painting [Ant-Man, Black Widow, and Hawkeye] b/c I also got to concept design their looks for all their film appearances (except for Iron Man 2)," he wrote along with the images.
Meanwhile, the new art actually reveals a number of different insights into the movie. For starters, the inclusion of the Vision and Ant-Man into the posters is a new development. Although the characters were expected to make a showing in the film, neither superhero was seen in the movie's opening trailer. That being said, Ant-Man's depiction is a little strange, especially considering how the character appears to be getting ready to unleash a punch aimed directly at Black Widow.
At the same time, Hawkeye is also included in the new poster art, although it is unclear exactly what he is doing. While all of the other superheroes are engaged in the fighting, Hawkeye appears to be just standing in the background doing nothing in particular. Perhaps he is waiting for the right moment to strike? Or the maybe the character is unsure where he stands in the conflict? Given his close friendship with Black Widow, it would be understandable that Hawkeye would have conflicting loyalties.
Eventually, this new accountability leads to the group of Avengers splitting up into two groups. The first group is led by Captain America, who wants the Avengers to be free to do whatever they see fit in order to keep the earth safe. The second group is headed by Tony Stark, who is acting on the side of the government and hopes to have more control over the actions of superheroes.
Captain American: Civil War is set to premiere in theaters May 6, 2016.
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