So the second trailer for Marvel's flagship superhero showdown [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) landed yesterday to thunderous applause across the board, even giving us our very first look at the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Spider-Man (Tom Holland) and his Stark tech infused suit.
In case you missed it or just need to watch it again (we understand), here it is in all its glory.
Pretty exciting right? Not only did the new trailer give us our first look at Holland's 15-year-old Spider-Man swinging into the middle of the big kids' rumble on the playground, it also showcased less obliquely the division between Tony Stark / Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Steve Rogers / Captain America (Chris Evans).
This runs contrary to the previous trailer and Super Bowl teaser which kept the focus largely upon Cap and James "Bucky" Barnes / Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), but solidifies the battle more so in terms of who is on which side of the divide and why.
But while the majority of the Avengers roster are suiting up for Civil War there are two who are noticeably missing, the two whose story will be picked up again in Thor: Ragnarok.
We speak of course of Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Dr. Bruce Banner / Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), who will buddy up for a cosmic road trip for the third installment in the Thor series, set to land November 3rd, 2017 in the US.
Neither Thor nor Hulk feature noticeably in the graphic novel from which Civil War takes its name (if you discount Ragnarok - the cyborg clone of Thor who does play a major part), but if they were still kicking around for the MCU's Civil War, whose side would they be on?
Such was the question posited to Civil War stars Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. and one half of the directing duo Joe Russo during a recent Buzzfeed Q&A.
Chris Evans (Captain America) speculates that Mark Ruffalo's Hulk would side with Tony due to the fact that his [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035) love interest Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) is Team Iron Man:
Chris Evans: "They may be on Tony’s side. Ruffalo [Hulk] would probably be on Tony’s side. He’s got Scarlett [Black Widow]. Maybe we get Hemsworth [Thor]."
But Joe Russo isn't so sure, citing the long running animosity between General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross (William Hurt) and his almost son-in-law Banner, as well as Banner's general mistrust of the government and the military, as reason enough for him to side with Captain America.
As for the Thunder God himself, Russo isn't so sure, correctly pointing out that Thor is a bit of a "wildcard":
Joe Russo: "Can’t imagine Banner siding with Ross and the government. Thor is more of a wildcard."
And Robert Downey Jr.'s take on the matter? He capitalizes on the nickname dubbed online for the relationship between Tony and Banner - "Science Bros." - as proof that Banner would side with Iron Man in the conflict.
Robert Downey Jr.: "It's a forgone conclusion. Bruce and Tony are Science Bros."
Fair points all round, but in regards to Banner / Hulk we'd have to agree with Russo on this one. It's nigh on impossible to imagine either side of them being willing to team up with General Ross after the hell he put them through in The Incredible Hulk (which does form part of the MCU canon even though Banner was portrayed by Edward Norton, not Ruffalo himself).
As for Thor? Given his past interaction with his team members it's tempting to say that his past animosity with Tony Stark ("Doth mother know you weareth her drapes?") is an indicator that he'd team up with Captain America, a theory which is supported by his intense reaction to Tony during Avengers: Age of Ultron.
There's definitely a deficit of trust there, not to mention both Thor and Jane Foster's (Natalie Portman) previous run-ins with the government and S.H.I.E.L.D., siding with the government over Cap doesn't seem particularly in character for him.
Then again, the Thor-cyborg clone was Team Iron Man in the comics, but he bears little resemblance to our MCU Thor and was – after all – a robot clone, not the real deal. As Hercules says in the comics "Thou art no Thor!"
What side do you think Thor and Hulk would take if they were in 'Captain America: Civil War'? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!
Source: BuzzFeed (via Tumblr)