Brother against brother. The highly anticipated “Captain America: Civil War” will have the entire world of characters choosing either to get behind Captain America or Iron Man.
In conjunction with the release of a brand new trailer, a lot of “Captain America: Civil War” items have been popping up on the Internet all week long – including a dozen Civil War posters highlighting the members on #TeamCap and #TeamIronMan.
For those keeping track, Team Cap consists of Captain America himself, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Winter Soldier, Hawkeye, and Ant-Man. In “Civil War”, Falcon isn’t just hunting the Winter Soldier aka Bucky Barnes, he’s also trying to understand what took place in “Age of Ultron” when the whole city collapsed from the sky.
“We find Falcon still looking for Bucky; checking in with Cap and gettin’ Cap back on course after everything went down in the last Avengers, I basically have to get him back on track to find Bucky. So that’s where we start off in this one,” said Anthony Mackie.
Meanwhile, Sebastian Stan’s Bucky Barnes is on the road to redemption after being brainwashed and turned into the killing machine, Winter Soldier. “It doesn’t just suddenly all come back to him. It’s not like he immediately has all these emotions and feelings and points of view about people and families that he’s dealt with — or Steve. The knowledge is there, but the emotions aren’t explored yet,” said Stan.
Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch is still grieving the loss of her twin brother, Quicksilver. Despite being one of the new recruits on the Avengers team, she feels more alone than ever.
For those wondering why on earth is Hawkeye on Team Cap, script writer Christopher Markus explains, “Hawkeye is a government agent, or was. He should be on Tony’s side — but then you’re like, well, he also doesn’t like anybody telling him what to do.”
During the “Ant-Man” post-credits tease, we saw Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man aka Scott Lang geeking out while shaking hands with Captain America. “I’m shaking your hand too long. I want to say I know you know a lot of super people, so thinks for thanking of me,” Lang tells Cap. Then he pause and corrects himself, “Thanks for thinking of me.”
Facing off against Steve Rogers is Tony Stark and his crew. There’s Black Widow, War Machine, Vision, and the new character T’challa aka Black Panther. “War Machine is back. He’s the guy who just supports Tony because Tony said so. I think Don Cheadle brings to the character a point of view that doesn’t always get to be expressed. But I think, in our film, he serves a very specific function and has some really emotional moments,” revealed executive producer Nate More.
According to Scarlett Johansson, Black Widow’s allegiance to Team Iron Man is shaky at best. “I think Natasha’s a very strategic thinker and that’s her strongpoint. Her superpowers, if you want to call them that, are her experience, her ability to make the right decision in a quick moment. And she’s not personally invested. I mean, that’s what she tells herself anyway,” said Johansson.
Screenwriter Stephen McFeely had previously disclosed that Vision was initially on Team Cap but they switched him to Team Iron Man in a later draft. “Some people have switched sides over the course of the drafts for the thing that would get the most out of them,” shared McFeely. It does make sense to have Vision on Team Iron Man. After all, the android is part Ultron and part Tony.
The only reason Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther is on Iron Man’s side is because he has a serious grievance against Cap’s bestie, the Winter Soldier. Entertainment Weekly reported that “Civil War” will also delve into the complex politics of T’challa’s African nation of Wakanda.
“There definitely is a sort of tradition that he’s torn between, in terms of how things were done in the past and how things need to happen now in this new world. I think there’s perhaps a bit of a maverick there, and then there’s also a need to live up to traditions and his father’s legacy. And not even [just] his father’s legacy, but the entire nation of Wakanda,” said Boseman.
You don’t need to be good in math to notice that Team Captain America has 6 members while Team Iron Man only has 5. That’s because we’re still missing one vital character: Spider-Man! We still don’t know much about Marvel’s new Spider-Man or what his story arc will be in the film. But the new trailer did offer us a very brief glimpse of the superhero.
Get ready to pick a side and join the non-stop action taking place on 2 fronts when “Captain America: Civil War” hits theatres on 6th May 2016.