The long awaited teaser for Captain America: Civil War has everyone going crazy for reasons both good and bad. There is no question that the movie is set to be one of the biggest blockbuster of 2016 and a hugely important installment for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, fans of the comics will not find comfort in the drastically different story that is displayed in the first trailer.
At first glance, it would appear that the focal point of this movie and the reason for the superhero civil war is simply Cap's desire to protect Bucky. It can certainly be assumed that there is much more at stake, but the only information we know for sure is that Captain America is fighting with Iron Man and his team of heroes over the fate of his old friend.
With this being the only concrete information currently at our disposal, is it not safe to assume that Cap is in the wrong here? The 'whose side are you on' question seems like just an afterthought at this point. Cap is waging war, destroying thousands of lives to protect one. What would Widow think?
And that's not the only thing separating the film from the comic. Aside from the obvious absence of characters that we already knew would not be present in the film, there is also the lack of involvement from Maria Hill and the prominent presence of General Thunderbolt Ross. We also have no direct mention of the Superhuman Registration Act, though that is hinted at with a document presented by Ross.
So with Bucky potentially being the catalyst for the SRA and Ross perhaps spearheading the push for it, it is clear that this story will vary greatly from the source material. But fear not, Marvel enthusiasts, there is still plenty to be excited about.
Don't write off the involvement of Maria Hill and S.H.I.E.L.D. just yet. Cap and Falcon are seen meeting with Agent Carter (Sharon, not Peggy) in the trailer. It appears that they are confiscating the equipment from Cap's new Avengers. Nick Fury rebooted S.H.I.E.L.D. at the end of Age of Ultron, but to the public he's still MIA. Someone has to be running S.H.I.E.L.D., and it's possible that he put Hill in charge.
In that same scene, standing next to Agent Carter, you can see Bilbo Baggins. Ok, that's not entirely true, but we can see Martin Freeman, who is playing a yet undisclosed character in the film. Clearly he has some kind of involvement with S.H.I.E.L.D., but we don't know exactly who he is just yet. Odds are he is just another agent in charge of handling superhuman activities, maybe one whose name we know from the comics. If nothing else though, it's exciting to speculate on the possibilities. (He's totally Norman Osborn!)
Another thing to be excited about is first official shot of Black Panther in action! T'Challa looks awesome and will almost definitely be a bright spot in the film. He has been one of the most highly anticipated characters and his first appearance in the trailer did not disappoint.
There's also a silver lining to one of the negatives I mentioned previously as well. Thunderbolt Ross could be a very interesting addition to this story. Wa already know Baron Zemo will be in the movie, and though we do not know his exact role just yet it is possible we eventually see a reformed version of the character. Perhaps a similar one to the one we saw leading the Thunderbolts in the comics. Let me say the name again: Thunderbolts. Make the connection yet? Could Ross and Zemo be working together in some way?
And of course, there's always the action. One thing you can always count on in Marvel movies is the impressive action. The fight scene at the end of the trailer that pits Cap and Bucky against Iron Man looked awesome! Not to mention more action for characters like War Machine, Falcon and Scarlet Witch is something I'm definitely looking forward to.
We also need to be patient with this one. I have faith in the people at Marvel to give us a great story, even if it is completely different from the story we were given on another platform. We know we won't have The Fantastic Four and Project 42. We won't have Spider-Man unmasking on live TV. We won't have a Thor clone blowing a hole in Goliath. But we can certainly get a very exciting story out of what we saw in the trailer and what we have yet to see. Perhaps the most exciting thing about the trailer is that there is still so much that we haven't seen. Zemo is still a mystery, we don't know how Ant-Man will be involved and we haven't gotten our first glimpse of the new Spider-Man.
I'm not counting on seeing a movie taken from the pages of the comics, but I do expect to see a great movie. This trailer seems to promise exactly that.