[Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) screened for critics this week at last, and the clear consensus is that this is a smart movie with a strong emotional grounding and some fairly astonishing action sequences — and, as if to prove the latter point ahead of the film's release this month, Marvel just unleashed another new clip.
In this one, Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) faces off with Team Iron Man, and the Russo brothers' distinctive style of action — fast-paced, back-and-forth, with a ton of quick cuts — makes for a memorable, if mismatched, fight between the Winter Soldier and his adversaries. Check it out:
Looks pretty killer, in more ways than one.
Tony Stark uses a sonic wave to briefly shock Bucky, who recovers almost instantly and, after some quick arm-to-arm combat, throws Stark crashing across the room like a rag doll. Knowing Tony, that's gotta be a bruise to the old ego.
Next, Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) comes in for the challenge, but considering how easily Bucky smashes her through a table, she really shouldn't have bothered. Black Widow puts up a greater fight, climbing up Barnes's back to unleash a series of blows to the head, but he doesn't exactly break a sweat with her, either, and by the end of the clip his hands are wrapped tight around her neck.
And then this happens...
What does it mean? Do Natasha and Bucky have more shared history than we've been made aware of up until this point?
Minor spoilers ahead, so skim this paragraph if you don't want to go in blind: Civil War begins with a flashback set in 1991 that finds the Winter Soldier awoken from a cryogenic freeze state by Russian soldiers, and tasked with completing a mission.
Considering Natasha's heritage, it's not the wildest guess to imagine that these two could have encountered each other at some point during or soon after that flashback sequence. Perhaps there are more complex dynamics at play here than the trailers have lead us to believe.
Finally, check out the above clip of Ant-Man (the backward-aging Paul Rudd) trying and failing to exercise restraint as he meets his idol, Captain America, for the very first time. Considering how hard he tried to turn over a new leaf for Cassie, I'm not sure Scott Lang would actually jump back into criminal activity that easily, but hey, Ant-Man is my favorite Avenger so I'm not about to bite the hand that feeds.
'Captain America: Civil War' hits theaters May 6, 2016.