** Contains spoilers for the Civil War comic books **
So the Super Bowl has come and gone for another year; people did sport with a ball and won points and made touchdowns and we all got every excited.
Not so much by the sports though, no for us the highlight of the Super Bowl was the round up of new TV spots dropping left right and centre for this year's superhero showdowns, and they certainly didn't disappoint.
Most of all was the teaser for [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409), which made us even more excited for the upcoming film. Check it out below if you haven't seen it already!
Bucky Is Back To Stay
So like the previous trailer the Super Bowl TV spot puts Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) - aka The Winter Soldier - front and centre. This may seem a little odd in terms of the comic book from which Civil War takes its source, but in the continuity of the Captain America narrative of the Marvel Cinematic Universe it makes a lot of sense.
Because Civil War doesn't just see Captain America / Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), Iron Man / Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and the rest of the Avengers dealing with the repercussions of the Sokovia Accords. It also addresses the influence that the reappearance of The Winter Soldier - "your pal, your buddy, your Bucky" - has on Steve Rogers himself.
And there was one scene in particular in the teaser that got a lot of people talking, when Bucky Barnes attempts to SHOOT TONY STARK IN THE FACE WHAT!?!
So, let's break this moment down.
Bucky's Gonna Getcha
Firstly Bucky looks pissed off. Like, super pissed off. If being pissed off was a super-power he'd be SuperPissedOffMan. He's also got a gun, which isn't good news for Tony Stark. Thankfully Tony's superpower is being a mech creating genius billionaire, and his neat little Iron Man watch/glove gadget saves the day.
Tony, not surprisingly, looks more than a little shocked that Captain America's best bud just tried to bring the pain in the form of a bullet through his head. But why would Bucky be attempting to off Tony Stark in the first place? There's a couple of reasons we can speculate upon now, though I'm sure Civil War will still be able to throw us for a loop.
Everything we've seen in Winter Soldier and the Civil War promos and heard from directors Anthony and Joe Russo up till this point suggests that we'd be seeing Bucky's redemption in Civil War. But him going off shooting people in the face doesn't ring true with this, especially when you remember that in the trailer he tells Steve "I don't do that anymore".
By the time Steve and Sam Wilson / Falcon (Anthony Mackie) find Bucky with his arm trapped in a vice (silly Bucky) he appears to have regained his memories, becoming closer to the James Barnes of Captain America: The First Avenger than the brainwashed Winter Soldier, so why would he attack Tony?
There's one scenario in particular which might explain Bucky going after Tony with his SuperPissedOffMan expression on, one which mirrors the original comics but spells disaster for the titular character.
The Death Of Captain America
Post-Civil War in the comic books Steve Rogers is seemingly killed, assassinated by Crossbones / Brock Rumlow and a brainwashed Agent 13 / Sharon Carter (who will appear in the movie portrayed by Frank Grillo and Emily VanCamp respectively).
As you can imagine Bucky Barnes isn't best pleased about this. As Steve's assassination happened whilst he was being taken into custody after surrendering himself to stop the fighting, Bucky places the blame for his death upon the guy who headed up the pro-registration movement - Tony Stark.
In his grief he goes after Tony in an attempt to kill him as revenge for the death of his best friend. He doesn't succeed, but it's a tricky time for the two men until Bucky takes up the shield as the new Captain America, something which has been speculated upon happening in the MCU due to Sebastian Stan having many more films left on his contract than Chris Evans.
Does this mean Steve's gonna bite it in Civil War? Hopefully not, as we've previously discussed here, but there have been a lot of "leaks" and rumors floating around regarding the possibility of that particular narrative being brought to form.
It's difficult to tell exactly when his attempt on Tony's life takes place in terms of the continuity of the film too. As Bucky appears to switch between his civilian clothes and his Winter Soldier fatigues it does suggest that this happens near the beginning or in the middle of the narrative, but without clarification on the chronology we really can't say for sure.
Of course in terms of Steve dying this would only make sense if it happens towards the end of the film, so perhaps Bucky's fashion choices are a mark against Steve kicking the bucket? Let's hope so.
There are many other possible explanations for why this happens though; everything from the suggestion that the Winter Soldier brainwashing is persisting in Bucky's mind to the fact that Tony Stark has a proven track record of just being such a dick that people want to off him. What do you think?
If the recent teaser showed us anything though it's that Captain America: Civil War is shaping up to be one of the most exciting Marvel movies yet; time to choose your sides people.