In case you've missed it somehow the internet has been alight with rumors recently regarding the fact that we're going to get to see the first official cinematic trailer for the hotly anticipated Captain America: Civil War landing with the worldwide release of [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158) next month.
Some lucky fans have already seen the trailer, first at the Disney D23 Expo then again at private screenings. From descriptions posted online by said fans we've been able to piece together a pretty solid breakdown of the trailer, though - disclaimer - this is all information drawn from fan descriptions and should be treated as such until we get our first official look next month.
Obviously there's a metric shitload of spoilers in this article, so keep that in mind before reading any further. Alrighty, here goes...
It Opens With A Serious Action Sequence
The trailer begins with Captain America / Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) standing at the window in what appears to be a hotel room. Via radio he talks to Falcon / Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) who is standing on a rooftop looking over an African market. Wilson is in full Falcon gear complete with Redwing (his bird like drone) which he deploys down to sweep the streets below. Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) is there too, looking inconspicuous at a cafe on the street as she keeps an eye on things.
Redwing focuses in on an armored car, using x-ray type scanners to determine that the vehicle is filled with explosives. Falcon takes flight towards it and Black Widow heads through the streets in an attempt to cut it off. Then suddenly Crossbones / Brock Rumlow (Frank Grillo) appears, piling out of another van alongside a bunch of other generic looking bad guys. We get our first proper look at his armored suit and skull mask.
Crossbones chucks a magnetic bomb at Captain America so he's forced to chuck his shield away and fight him hand to hand. "Remember me? You dropped a building on my face!" Crossbones growls. Black Widow and Falcon take on the rest of the goons whilst Crossbones and Cap go at it, and Falcon demonstrates the power of his wings by literally using them to deflect bullets. The fact that they seem stronger than in [Captain America: The Winter Soldier](tag:254973) suggests they may now also be made of vibranium? This would explain the sudden appearance of Black Panther / T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) in Civil War, but I guess we'll have to wait and see.
Anyway, the star spangled Cap takes some serious hits but finally manages to get the upper hand over his adversary, pulling off Crossbones' skull mask to reveal his scarred face.
"He remembered you. Your pal, your buddy, your Bucky…" Crossbones sneers, taunting Cap as the action scene ends. Obviously we don't get to see how this battle ends, but presumably this is the "international incident" referred to in the plot synopsis.
First Look At Black Panther
After a very quick shot of Vision (Paul Bettany) sitting in an official looking armchair wearing a formal black suit and tie we get our first brief look at Black Panther, sporting vibranium claws which retract into his suit. He's fighting Captain America, which makes sense given that the promo art we've seen shows the Wakandian Prince standing on Iron Man's side.
Tony's Got A New Suit, Things Explode
Another quick glance at Iron Man / Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) looking a bit the worse for wear as he suits up in a new version of the Iron Man armor, presumably the Mark XLVI.
Cut again to Tony and Steve in a meeting room. Tony isn't happy: "I want to punch you in your perfect teeth" he tells Cap.
We also get our first look at Martin Freeman here, though we're still not sure who or what his role is exactly. Cap attempts to stop a helicopter from taking off from a landing pad with just his own strength, which is pretty impressive and also a good way to lose an arm.
We see some more action shots and hear the narration of General 'Thunderbolt' Ross (William Hurt) as Cap runs through an exploding building (there had to be at least one). General Ross also shows up later in the trailer speaking before an important looking council group and looking a bit the worse for wear.
The Winter Soldier Returns
Back now to what looks like the post-credits scene from Ant-Man, Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) is being held in a basement by Cap and Falcon, his metal arm trapped in some kind of vice.
"Do you know who I am?" Steve asks his old friend and is rewarded with a smile. Bucky reveals that he does, saying he knows the name of Steve's mother (it's Sarah, in case you were wondering) and that he remembers Steve used to wear newspapers in his shoes.
So Bucky's back and ready to fight, hurrah!
Hawkeye vs. Black Widow
This was one of the most discussed points from the D23 Trailer breakdown, but it's worth mentioning again here. The [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) trailer shows a host of heroes fighting, but specifically takes time to focus on Black Widow and Hawkeye / Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner).
As they beat the snot out of each other, with Hawkeye's hand at her neck, Black Widow asks the man whose kids call her 'Auntie Nat' if they're still friends, and he responds: "Depends on how hard you hit me."
Scarlet Witch Is On Captain America's Side
We finally get to see Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) who hasn't been seen in any of the promo materials so far. She's standing outside a van with Cap and Falcon; Falcon mentions that they have a "new recruit" and the door of the van opens to reveal Ant-Man / Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) snoozing in the back seat. He snaps awake and is super excited to see Captain America: "You know so many super powered people, thinks for thanking of me... Thanks for thinking of me... I'm still shaking your hand."
Once Scott finally releases Cap's hand he pats his muscular chest and says "wow", then turns to Scarlet Witch and says "I know you too. You’re great." (Thanks Lang, about time someone noticed.)
So even though we haven't seen or heard much of Scarlet Witch's role it does look like she's being set up here to be on Captain America's side of the conflict, which makes perfect sense given her previously established distaste for Tony Stark.
We still don't know whether or not Civil War will see the beginnings of a relationship between Scarlet Witch and Vision as has been rumored, and the trailer didn't give anything away on that account.
So what do you think about what we've heard of the trailer so far?