In case you somehow missed it, the second trailer for [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) landed the other day and set the internet alight. This second trailer offering after the short Super Bowl teaser contained a lot of footage we'd seen before, but also gave us our first look at the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Spider-Man (Tom Holland) and contained quite a few intriguing new clips.
Passing The Buck(y)
The focus of the Civil War marketing thus far has been focused upon James "Bucky" Barnes / the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) and the repercussions rippling outwards from his reappearance into the world.
And also the fact that he somehow managed to get his arm stuck in a vice. Silly Bucky.
Both Sebastian Stan and the Civil War directing duo Joe and Anthony Russo have commented previously on how the Bucky we'll see in the upcoming movie is neither the Bucky of The First Avenger nor the Winter Soldier of
[Captain America: The Winter Soldier](tag:254973); he's someone knew and different, still struggling with his newly formed identity. And Civil War is set to break him down before building him back up as a new person.
When the Super Bowl TV spot dropped last month it featured plenty of Bucky, but also hinted towards a darker plot. From the moment where he tries to shoot Tony upside his head (rude), to the opening itself wherein Steve finds the Winter Soldier strapped into a very suspicious looking piece of machinery. A very Hydra looking piece of machinery... Uh oh.
The Winter Soldier Returns?
We'd previously theorised that the Super Bowl TV spot looked like it could be hinting towards Bucky getting a dose of the old brainwashing, but the new Civil War trailer added in another piece of information which changes everything.
The trailer seems to suggest that Bucky is once again being held against his will, but by whom and for what purpose? The moment where Tony unexpectedly punches Steve in the face quite clearly takes place in the same chamber we saw the Winter Soldier held in during the TV spot, and see again throughout the new trailer.
The opening of the new trailer coupled with the TV spot suggests that this could be taking place in a base somewhere snowy and mountainous. Perhaps even the place in Russia where the Winter Soldier was originally housed and brainwashed by Arnim Zola (Toby Jones) and the as yet unseen Vasily Karpov (Gene Faber). But there's another explanation which could also make sense.
The Raft / Prison 42
Now we always knew that Bucky was going to be a tension point which contributed to the cracking apart of the Avengers team, and the first trailer set up Bucky and Steve versus the government as the authorities came after the Winter Soldier for a crime he may not have committed.
Could it be that Bucky is being held not in Russia but by the American government in a prison along the lines of the Raft? There is a precedent for a superhero containment facility being used here as the Civil War comic book features a holding establishment called Prison 42 in the Negative Zone, used by Team Iron Man used to contain non-registered superheroes they had captured.
Whilst it's highly unlikely that we'll see the Negative Zone brought into play in the Civil War movie it does look like the aforementioned scene could take place in a holding facility along those lines. There's a shot in the trailer where we see a huge structure rising out from the sea, which recalls the floating Raft / Spider-Island from the Marvel Comics, a super prison located off the coast of New York.
It's entirely possible that - following the epic fight we see between Black Panther / T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) and Winter Soldier - that Bucky is apprehended by the government and sent to the Raft.
This is supported by the fact that when Steve and Tony have their punch up Tony tells him "you just started a war", suggesting that Steve's refusal to let Team Iron Man keep his friend locked up is what really throws all the shit onto the fan.
Obviously it's tricky to work out the continuity from the trailers though, and this likely will comprise only a few scenes in the movie as most of what we've seen so far involves Bucky running around causing trouble, which honestly is what we've really been looking forward to as much as the Iron Man / Captain America showdown.
One thing is for sure, Bucky is going to be up shit creek with only Steve to use as a paddle when Civil War releases in theatres in the not too distant future. Whose side are you on?