Black Widow and Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye, battle each other one-on-one in the new Captain America: Civil War flick set to open May 6. The clash between Scarlett Johansson as the former spy Natasha Romanoff and Jeremy Renner’s sharp shooting Hawkeye is revealed in the latest international trailer for the upcoming movie from Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Pictures, just released last week.
While much of the trailer includes footage already seen by fans of the Marvel Avenger’s franchise, it’s the new clip of the Black Widow/Hawkeye clash that has set the internet buzzing.
Captain America: Civil War begins with yet another international incident that results in massive damage as a result of the Avengers’ involvement. There are calls for a governmental body to maintain control over their actions. As reported in the Daily Mail, the plot for Captain America: Civil War is fueled by a split in the Avengers caused by the prospect of establishing government oversight on their activities. Captain America (Chris Evans,) who has lived through his own government’s betrayal a couple of times already, is against the idea of any kind of governmental involvement. Perhaps surprisingly, Tony Stark’s Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) agrees to the move. Team Captain America – where Hawkeye’s allegiance lies – and Team Iron Man, which included the Black Widow, quickly form and the stage is set for a battle royale.
Despite being on opposite sides of the philosophical divide, however, the new teaser clip from Captain America: Civil War makes it seem like Black Widow and Clint Barton, after all is said and done, are still friends. “We’re still friends, right?” asks Johansson’s Black Widow. Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye, who has the Black Widow pinned to the ground as she tries to rip the bow from his hands, replies, “It depends on how hard you hit me.” Hawkeye even smiles to her as he says it.
The fight excerpt begins at about 1:31.
In addition to the Black Widow and Clint Barton/Hawkeye fight, clashes between friends is a theme that runs through Captain America: Civil War through a number of characters. It’s Captain America/Steve Rogers’ childhood friendship with Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) that leads him on a quest across the globe to hunt down the now Winter Soldier. A story in MStar News points out that Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) also find themselves fighting each other in the new Captain America: Civil War clip, with the Scarlet Witch apparently gaining the upper hand.
The international trailer for Captain America: Civil War features one other bit of new footage that also emphasizes strained friendships, but with a gloomier tone. There’s a heated exchange between Captain America and Iron Man about Winter Soldier. “Tony, he’s my friend,” says the Cap. “So was I,” Tony responds with a dejected look, just before the two launch into a fight.
Black Widow/ Natasha Romanoff and Hawkeye/Clint Barton have a longstanding friendship that has seen its share of tense moments and the fight in Captain America: Civil War is not the first time they’ve battled each other — but it is the first time that it’s been a conscious choice. There was that knock down brawl between Black Widow and Clint Barton in The Avengers after Hawkeye had turned evil under Loki’s influence. It was Clint Barton’s connection with Black Widow that brought him back out from his state of enchantment. Black Widow was the only one who knew about Clint Barton’s secret wife and family, as revealed in Avengers: The Age of Ultron.
Along with Scarlet Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner in the Clint Barton/Hawkeye role, Don Cheadle returns as War Machine in Captain America: Civil War, joined by newcomers Tom Holland as Spider-Man, Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, and Ant-Man Paul Rudd.
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