No Spider-Man, no Ant-Man, no Vision, no Baron Zemo, no Crossbones. Still one of the best trailers of the year. The 'Captain America: Civil War' trailer finally landed last night and it seemed appropriate to share my thoughts on it, like I will be doing with other trailers in the near future. This was a trailer I was eagerly anticipating, not just because it's the latest installment in what must be one of the greatest franchises of all time, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but also because Civil War, the comic this film is based on, is my favourite comic book run of all time. The comic is just so epic in scale, so many things happening, yet none of it dull. I have high hopes for this film and I had high hopes for this trailer, and it sure did deliver.
The trailer opens with an alternate version of the post credit scene we got in this year's Ant-Man. Instead of Cap (Chris Evans) and Falcon (Anthony Mackie) discussing how Falcon "knows a guy," Cap communicates with Bucky, trying to get him to remember him and then going on to warn him about the men coming up to kill him. While this discovery didn't have that big of an impact on me the first time I saw it, what dawned on me after a couple of viewings was that, when asking if Bucky remembers Cap, he started talking about how he remembered Cap's mum, and I, for some reason, just found that hilarious. The scene feels really cut down and I'm sure it'll be much longer in the actual film, but the way it's edited just made me laugh.
What I loved about this trailer was how it dealt with the relationship between Cap and Bucky, and this is in there right from the opening scene. We last saw Bucky leaving Cap unconscious and running off, later catching up to him at a museum, trying to remember who he was. Clearly it worked because their relationship seems to be in full effect, just like it was back in the first Captain America. Their friendship is also what seems to be the catalyst for this war, as evident in the next twenty or so seconds of the trailer.
It's here that we get a glimpse of General Thaddeus 'Thunderbolt' Ross for the first time since 2008's The Incredible Hulk, and this is really the first notable time where the MCU seems to accept that that film happened. He's approaching Cap, Falcon and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), explaining how some see Cap as a hero, whereas others see him as a vigilante, presumably because of his friendship with Bucky, who's a known criminal. I really like this dynamic as, in the comic book, the civil war was started because of an explosion in the aftermath of a superhero battle, and the government forced all superheroes to publicly announce their identity. While this could've worked in the film, we're talking about a Captain America movie, and so making this film more personal to him, I feel, is a very wise move.
The next portion of the trailer shows us the tension building up between the various Avengers, particularly between Cap, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Black Widow. Widow, who was a key alley in the previous films, is unsurprisingly siding with the government on this one, and they make that abundantly clear in a conversation she has with Cap, warning him about only making matters worse. I got the sense that they're not enemies, they're just opposites, and this will obviously be resolved by the time we get to Infinity War, but I doubt that will be a surprise to anyone.
Fortunately, the same can't be said for Iron Man, as it really didn't feel like they're going to play friendly. Obviously, this is exactly what the film needs. Conflict. We're talking about a film where Avengers take on other Avengers. I don't want them playing nice. I want them to kick some ass, and this trailer straight up shows us that nobody's holding back. That end fight with Bucky and Cap taking on Iron Man? Um, fuck yeah. That's what I want. That's the type of insanity and thrills I want to see in this movie, and I hope it delivers a whole lot of it.
This end fight scene is epic and all, but what made it even better was the dialogue between Cap and Iron Man. "But he's my friend." "So was I." It was at this moment that my heart was ripped from my chest, beat mercilessly and then thrown down a drain and washed away. It hit me right in the feels, and I hope it has an even bigger impact on me in the context of the movie because by the looks of this trailer, the footage and the audio are taken from two separate scenes. I really don't feel as though that line of dialogue takes place during that end fight, but it's certainly edited that way.
Among the battle montage is our first glimpse of Black Panther, and damn, he looks cool. Black Panther is an awesome character and I'm a fan of his comics, but he's never been in my top 3 superheroes or anything like that. I don't obsessively read his comics, yet for some reason, I'm insanely excited to see him appear in the MCU. It's about time the on-screen universe got some diversity as their Netflix universe, which has only been going for about six months, is already more diverse. Not only is the diversity side of things a step in the right direction, but he's Black fucking Panther. He's badass. I wouldn't mess with him. He could kill me in a heartbeat. I'd be more scared of him than I would be Captain America if I were to ever be put in this scenario. HE KICKS BUCKY IN THE FACE! NOBODY KICKS BUCKY IN THE FACE! NOBODY!
However, what I loved most about this trailer is how little it showed. Like, sure. The trailer showed a considerable amount of footage, but it's just a teaser. It doesn't give away any big plot points, it doesn't show some characters at all and it has just a second or two of others. As we get closer to the film's release date, I'm sure we'll be getting glimpses of these other characters, and I'm almost certain that Spidey will be making an appearance in the next trailer, but if they don't, I have no complaints. This is a Captain America movie. The trailer doesn't need to focus in on all the supporting characters. But yes, Spidey would be nice.
As a whole, though, I adored this trailer. It's everything I wanted it to be, and I hope the film is as well. From the money shots to the score and even to the little moments, this trailer delivered. Can we appreciate for a second that Captain America manages to hold a helicopter with his left hand? Can we? Or that Bucky attempts to pull out the one thing keeping Iron Man alive. It's just insane. This movie is going to rock. After the trailer was released, James Gunn, the director of Guardians of the Galaxy, went to Facebook to say that he's talked to people who have seen the film and they say it's incredible. James, I have faith in you. Don't you go and lie to me.
Check out the trailer below and let me know what you thought of it. The film opens in Australia on April 29th, 2016.