The second Captain America: Civil War trailer was just released a few days ago, causing the internet to explode with excitement and joy. We finally got our first glimpse at the new Marvel Cinematic Universe/Sony version of Spider-Man, played by Tom Holland. We were also treated to an even better look at Black Panther in action. But the plot of Captain America: Civil War still has plenty that has yet to be revealed.
**Possible spoilers for Captain America: Civil War**
One circulating rumor is that Captain America himself, Steve Rogers, is going to die by the end of the film. The Civil War story-arc in the comics, which the film is loosely based on, has Captain America being shot (seemingly) by Crossbones, who will be played by Frank Grillo in the film-adaptation.
Actors Chris Evans and Frank Grillo shared some humorous jabs at one another on Twitter, teasing their physical confrontation in the film.
@ChrisEvans I can read the hospital report for you after wake up from that that little snooze your gonna take hero boy.— frank grillo (@FrankGrillo) May 7, 2015
From the two trailers that have already been shown, along with set photos that surfaced several months ago, Grillo’s Crossbones only appears to be in one major scene in the film, taking on Cap. Grillo went to Twitter to tell fans that he had finished filming, but was quick to reassure everyone that his work on the project may not be completely done.
Is Frank Grillo teasing the death of Captain America in Civil War? It’s very possible, unless he is intentionally throwing up red herrings, just to confuse fans. Maybe Grillo returned to set at a later date and filmed his final scene – with his character killing Captain America. This would certainly fit with the direction Joe and Anthony Russo claim the MCU will be heading in following the events of this film.
“It’s not for all characters because like any fight people take sides and some people have stronger motivations than others, and as the fight gets worse people drop out because they don’t have the stomach for it,” Joe Russo told Collider. “We have a couple characters that go to the end and they go to the end pretty hard and pretty ugly.”
“We don’t like anything to come easy,” Anthony added. “That way you have to have consequences, there are consequences there is a price to pay for people.”
Captain America: Civil War directors Joe and Anthony Russo made a very interesting reference in 2014, to a story in Marvel comics taking place directly after the events of Civil War. It was a five-issue series called Fallen Son, exploring how other characters in the Marvel Universe reacted to the fact that Steve Rogers was killed.
Would Marvel Studios even be willing to go that far, to get rid of one of their top tier characters? It would be a brave, bold move and at this point, it’s not out of the realm of possibility. The only superpowered character to die in the Marvel Cinematic Universe thus far has been Quicksilver, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson in Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. So while the studio isn’t known for killing off characters and keeping them dead, it’s possible that they would choose to go against that in order to further develop their universe.
However, Captain America: Civil War featured three different death scenes, according to Point of Geeks, none of which featured Chris Evans’ Captain America dying. Instead, death scenes for Falcon, War Machine, and Scarlet Witch were shot, with one of them possibly dying in the film, and one of them being heavily injured in the middle of the film.
At one point during both Captain America: Civil War trailers, War Machine is seen being shot out of the sky, with Tony kneeling by his friend, who seems to be either dead or just unconscious. Now, the idea that the studio would clearly give away a death scene in the trailers for the film doesn’t sound too smart, so it’s safe to rule this option out. Perhaps Rhodey is the character who becomes injured during the middle of the film. That doesn’t sound too farfetched at all.
Killing off Scarlet Witch/Wanda, played by Elizabeth Olsen, after she made her debut in last year’s Age of Ultron, would seem like a big waste of a great, complicated character. Olsen’s character will likely go through a romantic arc with Paul Bettany’s The Vision during the film, as the two have a romantic history together in the comics. Killing her would ruin any chances of these two becoming romantically involved, which again, would be a bummer in terms of story-potential. But, seeing as she does not carry a huge presence in the MCU, that could make her a likely candidate for being taken out.
Cap’s other best friend, Anthony Mackie’s Falcon/Sam Wilson, dying in the film feels like the most unlikely out of all three possibilities. Sam Wilson is currently the new Captain America in the comics, though it seems unlikely that the studio will go in that direction with their Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, there are even more speculative reports claiming that Sharon Carter, a.k.a. Agent 13 (Emily VanCamp), Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) and Sam Wilson each picked up Cap’s shield at the end of the movie. All three actors individually shot a scene in which their character seemingly takes on the Captain America mantle after the character’s funeral. If this report is true, it would rule out Falcon being killed off.
Though there seems to be one death that has been confirmed, Hayley Atwell’s Agent Peggy Carter. Set photos of Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson leaving a funeral made their way online, definitely indicating that someone will be dying in the film. Peggy was last seen in The Winter Soldier, where she looked to be knocking on death’s door, to put it bluntly. Her death would not at all be surprising and in fact, does help fuel the story. Peggy would be Steve’s last connection to his old life, in the ’40s before he was frozen in ice and reawoken in our modern times. The only other person Rogers would have left is his friend Bucky.
Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther/T’Challa will finally be making his cinematic debut in Civil War. The character himself may also be dealing with a personal loss during a key moment in the film. In the trailer, a building is blown up and destroyed – one that appears to be a United Nations building. T’Challa is present in the conference room, likely because the Sokovia Accords are being voted on and he is a representative of his country, Wakanda.
T’Challa appears to be crying and holding someone’s hand – who could possibly be his father, King of Wakanda T’Chaka. Either he is dead or gravely injured, and the explosion may or may not be Bucky’s fault. This could be enough to send Black Panther on Bucky’s trail, hunting him down and siding with Iron Man.
With all of that, there are still a number of factors that have yet to make themselves known.
One thing that has not been shown in any of the trailers and advertisements, is actor Daniel Brühl as the villain Baron Zemo. The character is a classic Captain America villain and is in the movie, but his role in the story is being kept under wraps. The trailers are already jam packed with plenty of plot points and characters, so the fact that his character has not been given away is quite telling.
Baron Zemo would definitely be the adversary both Team Cap and Team Iron Man would both head after, following the two fractured groups temporarily putting aside their differences. For all we know, his character could be responsible for War Machine being shot out of the sky.
And what other characters might we see pop up in Captain America: Civil War? Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury certainly is a possibility, though there has been no confirmation of him appearing in the film. Fury is the ultimate spy and a character who always has his eye on everything going on within the Marvel universe. It would certainly make sense for the film to mention the character in some capacity. And Nick Fury could very well be aiding Cap in leading the New Avengers, with Black Widow, Falcon, War Machine, Scarlet Witch and Vision.
Peter Parker’s aunt May, played by Marisa Tomei, is rumored to be in the film – which would make sense. Parker/Spider-Man is supposed to be around 15-years-old, and it wouldn’t make much sense to see him without some sort of parental figure.
Since Sony and Marvel Studios have joined forces to craft a new Spider-Man franchise, it’s possible that there could be Spider-Man villains/side characters introduced in this film, that may appear in stand alone Spidey films. Norman Osborn, perhaps, or Peter’s best friend Harry? Even if it is only a surprise cameo.
Captain America: Civil War hits theaters on May 6, 2016.
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