In front of a rabid crowd at D23 – and for now, for their eyes only – Marvel have unveiled a trailer for the much-anticipated Captain America: Civil War.
Introduced on stage by Cap himself, Chris Evans and his Winter Soldier co-star Anthony ‘Falcon’ Mackie, the footage shown was, quite simply, incredible.
Starting with Captain America, Falcon and Black Widow in pursuit of Crossbones, the footage quickly moves into the continuing thread from The Winter Soldier, with Crossbones telling Cap, “He remembered you, you know. Your pal, your buddy, your Bucky”. We then cut to the end-credit scene from Ant-Man with Steve Rogers and Falcon with a restrained Bucky, who tells Cap that he remembers his mother’s name and recollections from their earlier friendship, showing that memories remain despite the Hydra work that went into transforming Bucky into The Winter Soldier.
We then get William Hurt reprising his Incredible Hulk role as General ‘Thunderbolt’ Ross, with Ross telling Cap, “The world owes you an unpayable debt – a great many people see you as a hero, but there are some who prefer the word vigilante. People are afraid.”
This leads to a scene with Cap and Tony Stark discussing what happens next, culminating with Iron Man telling Cap; “Sometimes I want to punch you in your perfect teeth.”
The clip then gives us a quick shot of Black Panther, before ramping up the emotion factor by giving us Black Widow squaring off with Hawkeye: “We’re still friends right?” Black Widow asks. “Depends on how hard you hit me” replies Hawkeye.
There is still time for one more character to be introduced, that being Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man. Stepping out of a van, he comes face-to-face with Captain America, and appears to immediately develop somewhat of a man-crush, stumbling over his greeting;
“You know a lot of super people, so thinks for thanking of me.”
Civil War stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Emily VanCamp, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Frank Grillo, Tom Holland, William Hurt and Daniel Bruhl.
It will hit screens on 6 May 2016.