Last night, while most of us were fast asleep, the Captain America: Civil War trailer debuted on ABC in the middle of Jimmy Kimmel Live. (This only a day after the cast of the new Star Wars movie took over his program. The marketing synergy at ABC/Disney is some amazing Jedi-level shit to behold.)
Now, even though this is technically a Captain America film, as many have noted this is really something more akin to Avengers 2 1/2, with a cast as overstuffed as the last Avengers movies. That’s partly a factor to Cap’s “man out of time” plot–since he can’t keep going back to the 1940s, he’s had to make his life again here, and that life is basically SHIELD (when it was still a thing) and the Avengers team.
Still, though the cast is already clearly bloated, with everything from Black Panther’s introduction, to Spiderman’s first official MCU appearance, to Martin Freeman allowing himself to be roped in to whatever Benedict Cumberbatch signed up for this time, there are high expectations for this movie. The Russo Brothers, who made Winter Soldier (which is the high water mark of the movie franchise) are back to direct. Let’s hope they can make this work.
Watch the trailer below.
The first thing that’s striking about this trailer is that the bloat I spoke of above is barely in evidence. This is a movie about three people: Steve Rogers, Bucky Barnes and Tony Stark, and Steve’s choice of his childhood friend, over a man who has always been more frenemy than loyal ally. The Superpowers Registration Act is alluded to visually, but never directly mentioned. Black Widow and Falcon are highlighted, but they were the major supporting players of Winter Soldier, so that make sense, continuity wise. Everyone else from the Avengers team, including Panther, are relegated to the periphery.
One thing I am hoping for, since it’s a major part of the plot is good superhero on superhero fights. It’s part of why I think the second Avengers movie dragged–the fight between Hulk and Iron Man was both too over the top to be believable, and neither seemed to really suffer from the beating. The Iron Man vs Captain and Bucky fight what closes the trailer suggests the Russo Brothers are planning on solving that.