Marvel has delivered a trailer for Captain America: Civil War that has me excited for this MCU instalment.
Captain America: The First Avenger was an okay movie, but rightfully (IMHO), was the least successful of Marvel’s Phase 1 films. Still good, but overshadowed by the other chapters of Phase 1.
Captain America : The Winter Soldier exceeded expectations for a number of viewers and for many rates as the best Phase 2 film excepting perhaps the Guardians of the Galaxy.
So the third instalment, and the last solo movie Chris Evans is contracted for, has pressure to deliver. The selection of subject matter is brilliant. The Civil War storyline is one of the better, and better known Avengers story arcs.
We know already that using any storyline as a basis does not equate to a recreation of the original story. But Civil War was always going to give us some Avenger vs Avenger battle action. Goody!
Mostly my own thoughts and re-voicing some rumours from here, but potential spoilers ahead!
With Avengers: Age of Ultron receiving some lukewarm reviews, and Fantastic Four bombing, the question has been asked whether superhero movies are in decline. As the flagship of Marvel’s Phase 3, which is intended to culminate in the climactic Infinity War, Civil War will have a lot of pressure on it to prove that theory wrong.
It seems Hulk is absent from this one, but given that he has ended up fighting other Avengers in both of the Avengers films to date, that is probably a fair call. It allows greater focus on the rest of the now expanded team which at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron included Scarlet Witch, Vision, Falcon (one of the best adaptations of a fairly mediocre comic book character, ever), and War Machine. Add to this that the new incarnation of Spiderman is expected to make his first onscreen appearance, and Ant Man should join in following his solo movie, and not forgetting Black Panther making his first MCU appearance, there are lots of players on the board.
Perhaps the largest risk is of hero overcrowding, even with key figures like Hulk and Thor not expected to make an appearance.
The recent trailer, has a strong hook. It confirms the basic conflict is set as being between Captain America and Iron Man. Shows some very cool action scenes. But also I am intrigued by some of what is specifically not shown.
– No sign of Spiderman. With Black Panther popping up, avoiding having too many new characters appear in the trailer makes sense. But leaves Spiderman as a big point of reveal for a movie.
– Inclusion of Thunderbolt Ross (William Hurt). Rumours include Ross’s inclusion could signify his transformation into the Red Hulk in line with his comic storyline. That could give our heroes a common threat to bury the hatchet with toward the end of the conflict. If Red Hulk is in the works, the fact that they resisted giving so much as a teaser about it is fantastic and leaves the potential for a truly awesome in theater reveal.
– Not a single frame of the villains, Baron Zemo (Daniel Bruhl). Maybe half a moment of Crossbones – I’m not sure it went so fast. A superhero movie that glosses over its villains in its trailers? Yes, the hook is in the conflict between the heroes, but does this mean the villains are just filler? Or is there more to it?
Essentially, MCU have banked on the bankability of their brand, and that the scene of Cap vs Iron Man vs Winter Soldier alone would have people streaming to the cinemas to catch this one. It probably will.
But this puts them in the position to have spectacular reveals on screen that they did not need to tease in their trailers in any way, and THAT gives the potential to make this film one of the most memorable Marvel films ever. Here is hoping that the creators of the trailer were that clever.
The comic story arc effectively ended the Civil War story with the assassination of Captain America. It would be a high risk move – even if not a permanent death (anything could happen once the Infinity Gauntlet powers up). Dare they?
And the ever-present post credits scene(s). With Phase 3 building to the Infinity War, some link to Thanos is predicted. But given this film has no visible connection to the Infinity Stones, how could they do that well? Would it be better to link to the upcoming Black Panther or Doctor Strange films instead to help promote those? Or even to the Thor: Ragnarok movie – confirming that Hulk would appear there?
So now, I am excited to see this film and will be doing so at the first opportunity to experience the hoped-for reveals before the spoilers start leaking. Perhaps I am building the film up to much and will face disappointment, but on this one, my Spider-Sense is tingling!