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.
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.
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.
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!
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.