Since Disney's acquisition of Marvel Studios in 2009 they've taken several steps towards creating a pretty solid Marvel cinematic universe, especially by announcing plans to release a dozen movies in the next 10 years. This means we can expect movies such as: Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and an as-yet-untitled Spider-Man movie.
In addition to this we can also expect the release of the highly anticipated Captain America: Civil War, where we'll see the ever-growing group of Avengers take sides and face-off, with one side led by Steve Rodgers a.k.a. Captain America, and the other led by Tony Stark a.k.a. Iron Man.
With Captain America: Civil War and Batman v Superman both scheduled for release in 2016, it's going to be a big year for superhero showdowns. It seems that despite The Avengers being well-underway and DC's Justice League still in the early stages, both Marvel and DC are pitting iconic heroes against one other.
Both Captain America and Iron Man—as well as Superman and Batman—have huge followings, and the build up to the epic battles is definitely set to split the communities of loyal superhero fans.
The Big Story
Heroic Hollywood recently reported that the trailer for Captain America: Civil War will be released during the premiere of James Bond movie Spectre. However, it has since been revealed that Disney will instead be releasing the trailer during the premiere of none other than Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
It makes sense, not only are Civil War and Star Wars both under the Disney banner, but the premiere of Star Wars is set to draw a huge crowd, with tickets selling at a record-breaking pace. So it seems we can expect to see the trailer for Civil War on December 18th!
The Star Wars VII premiere will not be the first time the Civil War trailer has been seen. The trailer was shown at Disney's D23 expo, and although unfortunately most of us have yet to see it, reports suggest the video was rather well received.
Although the trailer never found its way online, a few key facts have been released, which I'll quickly summarize below.
1. The Absence of Spiderman
(Image from DeviantArt: AndrewSS7.)
- First of all, we know that Spider-Man was absent from the trailer, which is strange considering we know that his inclusion in Civil War was announced as a pretty big deal.
- It's noteworthy his role in the movie is still a secret, likely due to his significance in the narrative. We know that he starts off in Iron Man's corner, but it is possible he'll follow in the footsteps of his comic book counterpart by switching sides at halftime?
- Apparently the short began with Captain America, Falcon and Black Widow attempting to stop Crossbones from blowing up a truck.
- Crossbones then antagonizes Captain America by mentioning his old friend Bucky Barnes, a.k.a. Winter Soldier.
“You know, he remembered you. Your pal, your buddy, your Bucky.”
- Although it's unclear exactly what role Crossbones will play in Civil War, we can at least expect a few good fight scenes.
3. Tony Stark and Captain America
- Naturally the trailer reveals growing tensions between Captain American and Iron Man, with the latter saying:
“Sometimes I want to punch you in your perfect teeth.”
- Iron Man supposedly offered his own definition of a hero, which shows his darkening perspective with traditional Steve Rodgers on-the-nose bluntness.
“In this job, you try to save everybody you can. Sometimes that doesn’t mean everybody.”
- The main focus of the Civil War story arc is of course the two sides of the divide centered around Steve and Tony; however, it seems they haven't revealed much in the trailer, which is a refreshing change of pace.
4. Black Panther
- Black Panther is a hero whose allegiance is yet to be revealed, except of course to his home of Wakanda.
- The trailer didn't reveal much about his character, other than a shot of him utilizing his retractable claws.
6. Hawkeye and Black Widow
- I'm sure many of you were surprised to find out Hawkeye and Black Widow are on apposite sides of the line for Civil War. I suppose it makes sense, spies should look out for themselves first.
- Well it seems the trailer revealed the two old friends fighting and still sharing a little back-and-forth dialogue.
- Black Widow says:
“We’re still friends, right?”
- To which Hawkeye replies:
“Depends on how hard you hit me.”
7. Ant Man
- Finally, the trailer shows Paul Rudd's Ant-Man in action with Captain Steve Rodgers. Supposedly the inexperienced Ant-Man is starstruck by Captain America, saying:
“Captain America! This is awesome! Thinks for thanking of me.”
- No doubt this is a continuation of the post-credit sequence of Ant-Man, in which we see Captain America, Falcon and Bucky Barnes; during this encounter Falcon implies he knows someone who can help them... Ant-Man.
We still have a while left until Captain America: Civil War, so there's plenty of time for more information to be released. I'll update you as soon as I have anything! Until then, we don't have long to wait until the trailer is released alongside Star Wars: The Force Awakens, on December 18th.