November 25th, 2015 by Shohan Cagle
I’m just so excited at the release of this trailer I had to put together a review! Here you’ll get a little background on the “Civil War” story from the comics as well as a some theories on what we’ve seen so far in the this first trailer. This is the day that MANY a nerd has been waiting for! Ever since Marvel Studios announced that they were incorporating the hugely popular comic book story called “Civil War” into the next Captain America installment, we’ve been trying to figure out just HOW they were planning to accomplish such a massive feat!
In the comics the “Civil War” that occurs between our favorite heroes is triggered by a fundamental disagreement between Captain America and Iron Man. An inexperienced team of young heroes decides to attack a villain near a suburban neighborhood. Unbeknownst to them, this villain has the ability to spontaneously combust on a massive scale. So just when the the team thinks they have him on the ropes, he detonates, killing the hundreds of innocent families who lived within the blast radius. This tragedy sparks a heated debate amongst both the super heroes and the Government as to whether or not it’s right for super powered people to run the streets autonomously without any form of regulation or accountability. The answer that the Government, along with Tony Stark puts forth, is the “Superhuman Registration Act”. This act would require all super powered individuals who “fight crime” to register their secret identities with the United States Government. This does not sit well with Captain America. He believes that in doing so, that the families of the super powered people who put their lives at risk to help others, would be put in grave danger. If just one of their enemies were to ever get their hands on their personal information, they could easily use it against them.
(Warning: Spoilers ahead for Captain America: The Winder Soldier)
Now, considering that in the last Captain America movie we discovered that Hydra had been infiltrating “Shield” since the 50’s, Cap may have good reason for concern. Having said that, it’s hard to tell just how they are going to portray this story in the cinematic universe. For one thing, the movies have FAR less super heroes to work with. In the comics almost every Marvel character in the world was coming to blows over this Registration Act! Which made for an actual WAR that spanned for many issues! So it’s pretty safe to say that this movie won’t have anything on that type of scale. Also, in the cinematic universe most of the heroes have already unmasked themselves! Everyone knows the identities of Cap, Iron Man, and Thor! Although Thor doesn’t have much to worry about, what with him being a GOD and all! lol
Based on the trailer it seems that the story is going to be centered around Cap and Sam Wilson as they search for Cap’s friend Bucky Barnes (The Winter Soldier). It also looks like Bucky will be held accountable for his actions as a black ops assassin for Hydra. There is a moment in the trailer where a document is passed to someone with the title “The Sokovia Accords”. So I’m guessing that rather than having the change in Government policy be caused by a team of inexperienced super humans, that they’ve decided to use the events that occurred in “Age of Ultron” as their reasoning for establishing the Registration Act.
General “Thunderbolt” Ross (who you might remember from “The Incredible Hulk” movie) is back to head the investigation into Captain America and his friend Bucky. Black Widow makes an appearance, but it’s hard to say which side she’s on. All we can tell is that she wants to help Cap protect his friend from the Government. We also catch a couple glimpses of The Black Panther who looks friggin’ awesome! For those of you unfamiliar, The Black Panther is King of the sovereign African nation of Wakanda. He’s endowed with similar abilities to Captain America so it will be interesting to see what role he’ll play here. There’s also a quick shot of a titular “Civil War” villain. In this case it seems like they’ll be using this person in the same way that they were used in the comics. So I’m not gonna say who it is because if you haven’t read the comics, it will make for an awesome surprise! Interestingly enough, there are a couple moments where Tony Stark (Iron Man) get’s sentimental about having to go after Cap! Which I found a bit odd, considering Tony has always seemed to look down his nose at Cap. But then again, Tony is known for having complicated relationships.
Looks like we’ll be getting more of the groundbreaking suspense thriller vibe that we saw in “Winter Soldier”. But this time by adding a bunch of superhumans to the mix, we’re gonna have much more bombastic action sequences! I really dig this new direction that Marvel has taken with the Captain America series. It’s almost like if you took an episode of “24” and combined it with the super hero genre! You get all the insane action scenes you’d expect from the Avengers, plus the intrigue and espionage that is rarely, if EVER seen in this type of movie! So needless to say I am PUMPED for this next Marvel installment! With massive films like this plus Batman v. Superman, Deadpool, X-Men: Apocalypse, Doctor Strange, Warcraft, and Ghostbusters, it’s safe to say that 2016 is definitely going to be the year of the NERD!