A lot of people are ecstatic about Star Wars: The Force Awakens (illustrated by millions in advance ticket sales), Suicide Squad or maybe Superman v. Batman: Dawn of Justice and I understand the enthusiasm.
I really do, but for me, the trailer for the must see movie for 2016 dropped late yesterday, and that’s Captain America: Civil War.
Captain America: The First Avenger was for me a bit meh. Captain America was always sort of bland, truth be told, and while I was glad to see such an earnest portrayal of the character on screen, he didn’t exactly stoke the flames of geekiness in me.
That is, till I saw Captain America: The Winter Solder, and realized that Marvel Studios was able to do the seemingly impossible, which was to not only make Captain America relevant and dynamic, but more importantly to do so without altering what made him so interesting in the first place; namely the almost simplistic, black and white way that he sees the world.
It’s part of what makes the Captain so fascinating. It’s also a world view that’s in some respects shared by DC Entertainment’s Superman, which is one of the many reasons why Man of Steel disappointed me so much: the producers apparently had so little faith in the essentially goodness and child-like naïveté at the heart of the Superman character that they–apparently in an effort to make him darker and more palatable to what they thought modern audiences were looking for–essentially destroyed everything that made Superman, Superman.
So, without further ado, the six reasons why I am so jazzed about the Captain America: Civil War trailer!
1. Someone (Finally) Decks Tony Stark!
Which he frankly deserved after the creation of homicidal robot/doppelganger Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Robert Downey, Jr’s Tony Stark is the lynch pin that holds the Marvel Cinematic Universe together. But the thing is, he's also a bit of dick. The only thing that matches his brilliance is his arrogance, so it’s nice that first time in the trailer that we see Stark, he has a shiner, which implies that for once when he pushed, someone pushed back.
And I’m willing to be that that ‘someone’ is Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans).
2. The Falcon Can Actually Fight
When we’re introduced to The Falcon (Anthony Mackie) in Captain America: The Winter Soldier he was pretty awesome, though you’ll probably notice that the only things he brought to the party were a set of wings and a ready quip.
Which, coming from someone who can’t fly, is pretty awesome, but this time around he displays more martial prowess, which is in line with the idea that the Falcon is more than just the ability to fly and a sense of humor.
And did I mention he’s going to have a version of Redwing in this movie?
3. The Introduction Of The Black Panther
Based on all the pre-production artwork, I thought that the Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) would be sporting some sort of leather-like costume.
Looking at the screen shot from the trailer, he’s apparently wearing some sort of armor.
And he not only looks badass, but intimidating, which comes in handy with you're facing villains like Crossbones.
4. Captain America Shows Why He Could Clean Batman’s Clock
The Internet loves the Batman (much of that due to Christopher Nolan’s reboot), but can we just accept that Captain America would clean his clock?
In Avengers: Age of Ultron he tossed a motorcycle (he used momentum, but he still tossed a fraggin' motorcycle!) at Hydra’s advancing troops, and apparently in Captain America: Civil War he prevents a helicopter from taking off by grasping the landing gear in one hand, and the side of a building in another.
Sorry, but Batman just isn’t in his league.
5. Someone Is Strong Enough To Take Out War Machine
War Machine (Don Cheadle) is essentially Iron Man with heavier weaponry and someone who’s actually combat-trained, at the helm. Facing him is like facing a more potentially dangerous Iron Man, because of his greater grasp of fighting and strategy.
Yet, someone clearly beat the stuffing out of him, and I wonder who.
6. So This Is How Captain America Takes On Iron Man!
I have to admit that I was scratching my head over this one. As strong and capable as Captain America is, he’s no match for Iron Man. Stark’s genius, combined with a virtually invincible battle suit is a huge hurdle to overcome.
I was imagining that the producers of the movie would somehow cheat to make Captain America win (which is probably the only way that he would be able to do so one-on-one) but it appears that they teamed him with the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan).
Two battle-hardened warriors against Iron Man? One a superhuman fighter/tactician, the other a lethal (former) assassin with a bionic arm?
This makes sense. They definitely cracked the code on what looks like an awesome moviegoing experience!