I've watched the new [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) trailer probably too many times to count and there's something that is bothering me. With all the interviews that have been posted this week, why does this trailer lean so heavily on Team Cap? This article will ask the tough questions about the villainous Tony Stark and a few others that you might not know needed to be asked! (Man, I really did love this trailer!)
This is a solo Captain America movie, but besides the interpersonal relationship between him and Bucky, this feels like an extended version of a better Avengers movie. In what way did that trailer portray Stark as a sympathetic character and not as some big schoolyard bully? The best thing that Stark is doing is owning up to past mistakes he made as an Avenger, and Rhodey's possible demise makes him more sympathetic. He was the sole reason that Sokovia fell from the sky (Bruce was just bro-ing out) and it's therefore only logical that he wants to make amends. And as of now, this movie looks to be following quite a few beats from the comic book version.
1. Superhero Prison
In the comics he created a prison alongside Hank Pym (Micheal Douglas) and Reed Richards to house non-compliant superheroes. Also, what is he wearing and what's up with his facial hair (that's an evil-looking beard)? Does Tony usually dress in leather? I am not sure what's going on, but his appearance sure is disconcerting for all fans of Mr. Stark.
2. He Punches Steve Without Warning
What superhero smacks another superhero when that superhero is not looking? WTF?! I really do believe that the Russos will give Tony a story that makes him as sympathetic as Cap, but this trailer did not try to shine any light on that story. Imagine you know nothing about Marvel's MCU and you saw this trailer; you would say that guy in that mechanical suit seems like such a dick. And who is that person in the yellow-lit containment facility? There's not really much else to say about this shot. Cap saying "I can do this all day" is almost my favorite part of the trailer.
3. He's Portrayed As A Bully
When Thaddeus Ross is playing the destruction the Avengers caused it was Cap who asked Ross to stop because of how uncomfortable it was making Scarlet Witch. Now, only from this trailer, do you think Tony would have shown Wanda the same courtesy?
During the voice-over, Tony says he's there to keep them in check and Steve replies (paraphrasing) that if he sees a situation, he's going to help. I am not trying to be biased, but after the initial shock I noticed how much I found myself hating Tony Stark and finding it harder and harder to stay objective.
He didn't call Peter Parker "Spider-Man," but instead made a joke of his abilities by calling him "underoos." At first I thought it was funny, but now I find it a dick-ish move (okay, it's still funny). When he's speaking with Black Widow and she talks to him about watching his back, this did not feel like a friendly conversation between teammates but something much darker. (As a side-not, at first I did not like Spidey's costume that much, but now time has passed I find it to be freaking awesome! I loved his "Hey everyone," that felt like he was talking to us in the audience, too.)
4. Who's Attacking Black Panther?
OMG, Black Panther looked amazing in this trailer! Regular people would not be able to swipe a motorcycle with their claws, that's for sure. I don't know if his abilities are all in his vibranium suit, but I cannot wait to see what he does in this movie. Who was firing at Black Panther? Logic dictates that it was the government hunting Bucky and Black Panther was going to be collateral damage during the pursuit of the Winter Soldier. If it was the government then Tony would be guilty by association. I don't know if this was Zemo's Hydra, but when the bullet ricocheted of his suit, it was absolutely amazing.
5. Will Pepper Bring Out Stark's Humanity?
Rumor has it that Gwyneth Paltrow will cameo, and after watching this trailer it's very easy to see why. Tony looks like he needs someone to show him that war is not the answer. You can't tell that he and Captain fought numerous apocalyptic threats together, he just looks angry at Cap for not following his lead. I'm sure he's upset with Bucky for killing his parents, but this trailer paints him in the darkest of colors.
I would love to hear what you think in the comments. Should Marvel have shown a trailer that was a little less Team Cap and a little more Team Iron Man?
Where Was Falcon?
This is Cap's best friend and he is nowhere to be found in the trailer. I mean, you can see him in a couple of shots, but did he even say a word? In the last trailer he had a few speaking parts, so maybe Marvel thought that was good enough. I find his and Cap's relationship very interesting and I wish we'd have received a little more information.
What Was Going On With Vision And Scarlet Witch?
There's someone lying by Wanda's feet, right? (Could it be Hawkeye?) In a recent interview, Elizabeth Olsen mention something about how their powers were both linked to the Mind Stone. This part of the trailer just sky-rocketed my anticipation for seeing this movie.
'Captain America: Civil War' will hit theaters on May 6th in the United States.