Last week Marvel released the first trailer for Captain America: Civil War. Releasing the trailer now was a good idea as opinions on the film have been somewhat mixed. Most fans will expect Marvel to deliver a quality film, as all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe entries thus far have been at least above average for the genre. But there are those who worried about the adaptation due to the source material. Reception to the comic book crossover was notably divided. The good news is that the cinematic version appears to be a much more streamlined version, focusing on Captain America’s attempts to protect Bucky Barnes from retribution.
Captain America: Civil War looks set to continue based on the tensions that have been building over the previous Captain America and Avengers films. Captain America: The First Avenger set up Steve Rogers’ friendship with Bucky Barnes, while The Winter Soldier turned that friendship on its head, revealing Bucky to be the titular Winter Soldier. With Hydra’s destruction of S.H.I.E.L.D. from the inside, Captain America was left fighting to remind Bucky of their prior relationship. In the Ant-Man post-credit reveal, we saw that Captain America and Falcon had finally caught up to Bucky, now with all his memories intact.
What we can gleam from the trailer is that while Captain America has found Bucky, he’s not ready to give him over to the government to face trial or punishment. Captain America is operating on his own sense of justice and is fighting to be able decide Bucky’s fate. This prompts quite an interesting question of whether The Avengers are a law unto themselves or are an extension of the everyday police forces that simply deal with threats outside the realms of mortal men. And it’s a question that pits Iron Man and Captain America at odds.
Iron man isn’t normally one to side with the government, having spent much of Iron Man 2 trying to keep the Iron Man technology out of the hands of the government, but here he does seem to agree that Captain America isn’t acting lawfully. Iron Man and Captain America have never really gotten along, squaring up in The Avengers and actually fighting over the creation of Vision in Age of Ultron. Tony Stark says that they’re friends but they’ve never really been that close. Not as close as Rogers and Barnes.
The real question is whether either one is in full knowledge of who they are supporting. Though he made no appearance in the trailer, we know from interviews and press releases that Hydra will return with Brock Rumlow, played by Frank Grillo, appearing as Crossbones. Comic book fans will know that Crossbones is important in Civil War canon. But does that mean he may be on Iron Man’s side, implying that Iron Man may be an unwitting pawn of Hydra. I’m sure Hydra would love to be governing when or where the Avengers can be called into action. Or is it possible that Bucky Barnes is playing at being a double agent? It seems unlikely that Hydra are happy to just lose their best agent.
There are still a lot of unanswered questions but the trailers did reveal a few things, such as the fact that most of the team left at the end of Age of Ultron is on Captain America’s side. Iron Man has War Machine and possibly Black Panther, who is probably pissed that the Avengers waltzed into his country without jurisdiction. Missing, or at least unseen, is Ant-Man, although given Hank Pym’s hatred of the Starks, he may side with Captain America purely out of spite. Captain America: Civil War will hit screens in 2016, but hopefully we get a couple more trailers and a few more answers before then.