The stars of ‘Captain America: Civil War’, Chris Evans and Anthony Mackie took the stage at D23 to unveil the first footage from the Marvel mashup movie, due next year on May 6, 2016. The film divides the heroes of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe into two factions after an international incident places them under increased scrutiny.
There are guest stars galore, as Cap is joined, not just by Mackie’s The Falcon, but Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch, Paul Bettany as The Vision, Don Cheadle as War Machine and Cap’s opposing ally Iron Man played by Robert Downey Jr. The clip also features William Hurt as General “Thunderbolt” Ross and Frank Grillo as Crossbones.
Setting the tone, Ross says to Captain America, “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 job,” Cap replies, “you try to save as many as you can. Sometimes that doesn’t mean everyone.”
The biggest news was that of the appearance of two new Marvel heroes. Chadwick Boseman is seen in civilian attire but then is seen donning the gloves of his Black Panther costume. But stealing the show was Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, who just debuted in his own movie this summer.
The comedic exchange showed Rudd’s Scott Lang getting a bit TOO friendly with Captain America. “Oh my god, Captain America, it’s an honor” he says, shaking hands with Evans. “I’m shaking your hand too long, right?” He then turns to the Scarlet Witch and says, “I know you too, you’re great.” He then grasps Cap’s shoulder and fumbles, “I know you know a lot of super people, so thinks for thanking of me. Uh… thanks for thinking of me!”
The exchange earned hearty laughs from those in attendance.
But Lang may be the only one this impressed by Cap. In once scene, Iron Man says to Cap, “Sometimes I wanna punch you in your perfect teeth.” Later, he is shown remarking “We have no boundaries, we’re no better than the bad guys.”
Like in the comics, the heroes divide into two sides, setting even the staunchest of allies against one another. In this case, former partners Black Widow and Hawkeye come to blows, with Natasha, mid-fight, asking “Are we still friends?” To which Hawkeye replies, “Depends on how hard you hit me.”
But since this IS a ‘Captain America’ movie, the whole thing can’t center around other characters. Like in ‘The Winter Soldier’, Black Widow and The Falcon play major roles in helping Cap track down Crossbones. Once Cap and Crossbones meet, they engage in a sweeping battle in the streets of the city, with the villain teasing “He remembered you, you know — your pal, your buddy, your Bucky.” This implies that Crossbones did something bad to him, but the Winter Soldier is seen in action in other clips, including standing against Iron Man.
Absent was Tom Holland’s Spider-Man who is due to debut in ‘Civil War’ before swinging back over to Sony for a relaunch of the web-slinger’s franchise.
What do you hope to see in ‘Civil War’? Are you worried that Cap may get crowded out of his own movie? Or is it the more Marvel, the merrier?