Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans unveiled the first trailer for Captain America: Civil War tonight on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! You can watch the trailer right here:
Let’s talk about that trailer. For fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this is an incredibly emotional two minutes and 26 seconds. Forget Avengers: Age of Ultron, this is the movie that Marvel comic book fans have been waiting for since 2008 when the first Iron Man movie was released.
The trailer starts off with Cap (Chris Evans) and Falcon (Anthony Mackie) rescuing Bucky (Sebastian Stan) from the clutches of government forces who want him dead. It’s clear that Bucky will play a huge role in the division between the two sides of the titular conflict in the film, and the emotional stakes are higher than they’ve ever been before.
As the trailer goes on, we see our first real glimpses of Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) in action, and he looks glorious. Joining in the fight on one side or the other (not all of them appear in the trailer) are Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Paul Bettany as The Vision, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Don Cheadle as War Machine, and Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch. The film will also feature Daniel Brühl, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp, William Hurt, and Martin Freeman.
The focus of the trailer (and the film, it would seem) is a new initiative orchestrated (or at least delivered) by William Hurt, reprising his role as General Ross from 2008’s The Incredible Hulk, which is designed to create oversight for the Avengers, which has been operating with “unlimited power.” Whether or not Hurt will play a large role in the film remains to be seen, but it is notable that he is the first and only actor from The Incredible Hulk to show up in another Marvel film.
The trailer ends on an exceptionally emotionally charged confrontation between Captain America and Iron Man. Anyone who has invested time and emotional energy into the Marvel films up to this point will surely be affected by the palpable tension between the two characters.
On Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Robert Downey Jr. also revealed three posters for the film:
Captain America: Civil War opens May 6th, 2016. It is directed by Joe and Anthony Russo.
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