“I can do this all day.” No Marvel! No, we cannot! Stop with the emotional dialogue and the breath-taking set pieces and just give us the film already! For the uninitiated, Captain America: Civil War has been gearing itself up as the ultimate superhero film of all time, no mean feat given the team-ups the MCU franchise has already given us. Its previous trailers helped build the plot without giving away visuals. Fans have been hungry for more, and we finally got our wish.
Underlining the philosophical conflict at the heart of the film – whether superheroes need to be regulated for the greater good, or if they should be allowed to act according to their conscience to save lives – a montage of the Avengers’ previous exploits is juxtaposed with General Ross (William Hurt) firmly advocating the former to minimise damage. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) is on his side. Captain America (Chris Evans) is not.
What follows can only be politely described as a major fallout between the various heroes on the two sides of the debate culminating in a, you guessed it, civil war. Iconic comic panels, like Captain America and Iron Man facing off one-on-one, and Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) hitching a ride on Hawkeye’s (Jeremy Renner) arrows, are recreated flawlessly. At the same time, fresh scenarios, like an underground bike chase featuring the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) and Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), or a heart-breaking face-off between Scarlet Witch (Elisabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) are glimpsed at. And if it is villains the fans want, Crossbones (Frank Grillo) fights our precious Capcicle for a brief second.
But there are three shots that draw the most attention. The first is the role of the Winter Soldier in attacking an unarmed Iron Man, something that is evidently central to the plot which, miraculously, has not been spoiled despite the many trailers. The second is a detailed look at the serious injury faced by War Machine (Don Cheadle) and its psychological impact on his best friend – perhaps the reason he chooses to support regulation. And finally, we get to see Spider-Man (Tom Holland) cheekily swing into action in what might be the only light-hearted moment in the entire trailer.
If there is anything that can be insinuated from this jam-packed video – one which somehow manages to keep the intrigue of the actual plot details going despite giving away a lot of visuals – it is that it is going to be a cracker.
Sides will form and friendships fall when the film hits screens April 29th.
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