April 19, 2016
New 'Civil War' Trailer Shows Team Iron Man's Muscle And Firepower, But Spider-Man Is A No-Show

Another Civil War trailer was released for the benefit of Team Iron Man fans. The new Civil War trailer shows Iron Man, War Machine, Black Panther, and Scarlet Witch throwing hands and flexing muscle. Although they don't look as coordinated as their adversaries in earlier footage that focused on Team Cap, they do look individually more powerful. War Machine has too much artillery for his own good. Vision splits a large vehicle with his body alone. Black Panther shows that he can probably beat Captain America in an arm wrestling contest, and Black Widow is still pretty much the same Black Widow from the last movies.

Noticeably absent is Spider-Man. Critics and people lucky enough to get to early screenings of Civil War have been saying this is the best version of Spider-Man ever on screen. After showing him doing a quick pose in a previous trailer, Marvel has yet to show him again. In the comics, he is critical to Civil War's storyline. To hide him from most of the trailers means they must be saving something huge for the full movie. Either that or Sony and Marvel still can't agree on how they want to publicize the character they co-own.

Director Joe Russo told io9 why Spider-Man is essential and refreshing to Civil War and how he offers something new for Marvel movie fans who have already gotten used to seeing Iron Man, Captain America, and the rest in many other movies.

"And we also wanted a much younger character who would stand in contrast to the more experienced heroes. [Someone] who'd bring a different point of view to that battle."

But Marvel Studios is also looking forward to what Spider-Man will bring to Marvel movies after Civil War is done. This version of Spider-Man is linked to the reality where the events of the previous Marvel movies took place rather than his original comics storyline. Kevin Feige hinted at how that might play out in future Spider-Man movies to io9.

"In the Cinematic Universe, strange aliens flew out of the sky when he was seven years old [in The Avengers]. That has to have an impact on him. An impact on what his views are of being a hero, and what it means to be a hero. So we were excited about telling that story across multiple movies and kicking it off in this film saying, 'Guess what? There's a Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.'"

Whatever the outcome of Captain America: Civil War and whether Team Iron Man or Team Cap prove superior, this is an exciting time for Marvel fans. Marvel continues to grow in ways that neither Marvel Comics nor comics fans could foresee. The Hollywood Reporter thinks Civil War could be one of Marvel's highest opening films ever if it reaches a predicted $175 million to $200 million on opening weekend. That would put it just behind Avengers: Age of Ultron and The Avengers. If the reviews are anything to go by, it will more than likely do better than that, but it probably won't beat Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the top spot.

While Civil War's fandom continues to grow before its full release, as Deadline reports, Joss Whedon spoke about his wishes to rejoin the Marvel Cinematic Universe and somewhat apologizes for publicly stating his disappointment with Avengers: Age of Ultron. But movies he could have directed have already been assigned to others, and the Russo brothers have taken his place as Marvel's top gun. Whedon sat down with Hulk actor Mark Ruffalo at the Tribeca Film Festival to share his thoughts and regrets, fondly looking at the franchise he helped build in hopes to rejoin it.

Civil War opens May 6 for United States movie watchers and opens earlier just about everywhere else.

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