Marvelous Monday #46 – First Trailer Review: Captain America – Civil War

Last week on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on ABC Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans revealed the new poster and trailer for Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, which, essentially, is Avengers 2.5 centered around two friendships and the Sokovia Accord. Let’s take a look at some of the greatest shots from the new trailer!

Civil War 1

First up we have a scene taken from the Ant-Man post-credits scene. Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson have found the Winter Soldier, and they’re questioning him on whether he finally knows who Steve is – who Bucky was. Marvel quickly makes us aware of the fact that this is a Captain America film, and, indeed, a sequel to Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Civil War 2

Remember him? Way back in Marvel’s The Incredible Hulk William Hurt played Thaddeus Ross, and now he is back in the cinematic universe. In this shot Ross is explaining to Cap that not everyone sees the Avengers and Captain America as heroes, some argue that they are vigilantes. They need to be controlled, which goes against Cap’s beliefs.

Civil War 3

The Sokovia Accords. Sokovia is, of course, the country that most of Avengers: Age of Ultron took place in. It is a reference to the Superhero Registration Act in the comics, and we’ll see something similar in this film.

Civil War 4

Cap and Tony disagree. Tony is a changed man. You’d imagine that he’d be against this back in the Pre-Avengers days. However, since then he’s suffered from PTSD, he almost died battling aliens, he created a killing machine (literally), and he was given an ominous vision of the future. He is willing to relinquish some liberties, it seems.

Civil War 5

Here’s our first real look at Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther. I’m really excited to see him in this film, but we only get a couple of glimpses of him in the trailer. Only.


Civil War Rhodey

Up until this point it all seemed friendly. Even Stark’s line “Sometimes I wanna punch you in your perfect teeth.” sounds more like friends arguing than being in a heated argument or the like. Here we see Rhodey down injured. Maybe Bucky did this, maybe someone else did – but Tony’s upset. This is Tony’s best friend.

This leads to the greatest moment in the trailer. “I’m sorry, Tony, you know I wouldn’t do this if I had any other choice. But he’s my friend.” – a touching moment, but nothing beats Stark’s answer: “So was I,” – Tony and Cap are friends, but Tony’s clearly hurt. Also, we mustn’t forget that by defending Bucky, Cap is essentially defending the murderer of Tony’s father.

The Shot - Civil War

This is the shot – a great wide shot of Cap and Bucky taking Iron Man down. Tough to watch for fans of these characters, but extremely cool all the same. However, two things come to mind here. 1) Are we sure this isn’t just a suit that Tony’s remote controlling? 2) couldn’t he technically just blast them with lasers? Tony might be holding back.

The biggest reason why I think this trailer is absolutely brilliant is that the trailer doesn’t make Tony a villain. You can see Stark and Rogers as good guys, only struggling with each other due to ideological differences. It’s important that they make Stark a well-rounded character in this film, that they don’t just make him a villain. This trailer does a good job of making me care about both sides. Job well done, Marvel.

What’s your favorite shot from the Civil War trailer? Sound off in the comments.

I’m Jeffrey Rex

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