We all know this, but I'm going to go ahead and say it anyways: the folks at Marvel are not stupid. They certainly know how to design trailers in a way to get us psyched and curious at the same time. They'll throw in a lot of scenes to keep you teased, and then they'll throw in a scene like this:
Amazing huh? I certainly can't wait for [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409). But Spidey cameos and creative editing aren't the only things to be found in Marvel's latest trailers. If you pay close enough attention, you might see some pretty major spoilers lurking behind-the-scenes.
That's right, I said spoilers. The information ahead is packed full of potential spoilers, so if you want to be surprised, click away now!
From the very first Civil War trailer, the spotlight has been hovering over Bucky Barnes, the Winter Soldier. The last time we saw Bucky, he was coming to his senses after being brainwashed by Hydra. The first Civil War trailer showed him reuniting with Cap and running away from a bunch of angry people, including Black Panther.
Another large point of interest in the trailers has been War Machine. Ever since the scene with Tony cradling an unconscious and badly-wounded Rhodey, fans have been wondering if Marvel showed us the death of an Avenger right off the bat. Well, let's take a closer look at the picture.
The Setting Is Key
You see that in the background? That's the airport where the big climactic battle takes place. Which means that whatever happened to Rhodey happens after the dozen-hero throwdown. The battle is obviously a big turning point for the film, and it's heavily theorized that some heroes might drop out of the fight after that sequence. Unfortunately, Rhodey might have dropped out of the fight for good.
In the most recent trailer, the scenes have been edited to make it look like Bucky was the one to take War Machine down. This was already theorized from the first trailer when we saw Bucky trying to rip Stark's arc reactor out of his suit, but it can't be that easy. They wouldn't have spoiled all of that without trying to fool us.
Well after a lot of thought, I think I've found out who pulled the trigger. And you'll never guess who it is...
Well, kind of. I believe that there is a reason that Bucky is such a big deal in Civil War, and not just because he's Cap's old pal. You see, Bucky was a brainwashed mercenary for Hydra for quite some time, giving them plenty of time to replicate him. He is a master assassin after all, so why keep only one?
Hydra has always been infamous for their crazy experiments, so what if one of those experiments was cloning? They could have created a copy of Bucky after he went AWOL at the end of The Winter Soldier, and sent the clone to do their dirty work.
A Clone? Really?
Yes, really. A clone of Bucky would explain a lot of questions, such as the UN explosion. If Bucky has really turned over a new leaf and left his evil assassin-y ways behind, then why would he blow up the UN? Perhaps Baron Zemo, the Hydra villain that we haven't seen in the trailers yet, sent the clone in order to take out targets and frame Bucky at the same time.
I think this very clone might have landed the shot on Bucky as well. In the second trailer, we see both Iron Man and War Machine flying away from the destroyed airport, almost like they are running from something.
My theory is that the entire civil war is orchestrated by Baron Zemo, and that him and Thunderbolt Ross were working together to try and wipe out all the Avengers in one blow. That way, when both teams have assembled at the airport for one massive battle, Zemo and the Winter Soldier clone step into the fray to deal the finishing blows.
That's when the heroes scatter, and as they flee the clone manages to land a shot on War Machine, taking him down. Then some of the heroes drop out of the fight, and Cap and the real Bucky search for Zemo's base, where they meet up with Stark once again for the final battle.
Sure, it might seem like a little bit of a far cry, but it's not all too different from the comics, where Tony makes a clone of Thor which ends up killing the superhero Goliath, and making more than a few superheroes swap sides.
Whether a Bucky clone is responsible for War Machine or not, it's clear that Rhodey isn't going to escape the airport unscathed. I guess we'll just have to wait until May 6th to find out. Until then, check out this awesome trailer!
Do you think I'm on to something? Or do you have your own theory? Either way, make sure to let me know in the comments below!