As the release date for Civil War draws ever closer, the excitement for what is set to be one of the biggest comic book blockbusters of the year is ever-mounting. At this week’s MTV Movie Awards, Marvel tantalised audiences further, with a snippet of what to expect from some of the action.
In this clip, we see team Captain America take on some forces, who are alleged to be Crossbones’ henchmen. If you look carefully, you’ll see a glimpse of Crossbones himself – blink and you’ll miss it. Press play to watch the new Captain America: Civil War scenes:
Marvel being the comic book heroes that just keep giving, have also released further details, including updated character bios and hints as to what role our friendly, neighbourhood Spider-Man will be playing in the Civil War conflict. Full bios are below!
Team Captain America
From the Civil War trailers, audiences are already aware that team Captain America are against signing the superhero registration act, and now we have a definitive list of who is on the Cap’s side.
Steve Rogers/Captain America
At the end of Age of Ultron, we see Captain America embarking on a new command mission, as head of the new Avengers. The introduction to Civil War follows this, until a mission goes awry and he and the team are held accountable. Rejecting a governmental regulation, in direct opposition of Iron Man’s compliance, this is where the core conflict in Civil War emerges.
In Civil War, we seemingly see Captain America eschew his sense of patriotism, and to some extent, go beyond the boundaries of the law in defense of his friend, Bucky Barnes. It is these actions that further progress the conflict between Steve Rogers and Tony Stark.
There have been some subtle changes to Captain America’s costume in Civil War. There are subtle changes to the colour, as well as details and cut, making it a hybrid of the Winter Soldier and Age of Ultron suits.
Initially introduced in The Winter Soldier, then again in Age of Ultron, Falcon is now an official Avenger. His loyalty is placed firmly with Captain America, thus opposing both the government and Iron Man. One of his roles in Civil War sees him recruiting Ant-Man – who he fought against in the standalone Ant-Man movie – for Team Cap.
Audiences will be seeing a lot more of Falcon in Captain America: Civil War, as he fights alongside The Cap, in full opposition to the superhero registration act. Hopefully, we’ll get to see some interesting action scenes similar to both his performance in Ant-Man and further developments on what we saw in the action scene snippet from further above.
We haven’t really seen much of Falcon’s suit, not since The Winter Soldier, anyway. However, his appearance in Civil War will be different again; slightly more high-tech and embellished with red wings, and a modified jet pack.
Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier
Bucky Barnes, central to The Winter Soldier and, indeed, Captain America’s beating heart, is also making an appearance in Civil War, and naturally taking on Iron Man as a firm supporter of Team Captain America! I don’t really like Bucky, so if you can sense intense sarcasm, then you’re on the right track.
Carrying on from The Winter Soldier, Bucky appears in Civil War with limited memories of his past, but beginning to remember who he was before Hydra intervention. I think his role in Civil War will see Bucky attempting to redeem himself, by fighting blindly for his friend, Captain America. Although, ultimately I think Hydra will re-intervene and he’ll end up being the antagonist that brings the team back together.
Civil War sees Bucky dressed in civilian clothes for the majority of the film, however, nearing the finale, he has a little wardrobe change and wears something slightly more reminiscent of The Winter Soldier (which gives way to my ‘secretly evil’ Civil War finale analogy, don’t you think?).
Following the Civil War trailer, my feelings towards Ant-Man have changed. While the standalone film wasn’t that terrible, his performance in the trailer has shifted my opinion. His reasons for joining Team Captain America are unclear, although it’s suggested he’s oblivious to the Civil War, but he is recruited by Falcon, following their little run in during the standalone movie.
I think Ant-Man will be an adorable addition to Captain America’s Civil War team, given his ‘I think we should call the Avengers!’ moment during his own movie, plus, we’ll get to see him shrink and wreak havoc on actual superheroes, this time (with the exception of Falcon!).
Given that he was wearing Michael Douglas’ suit during the majority of the standalone film, the Civil War suit has been streamlined and is more high-tech.
At the end of Age of Ultron, it looks like Hawkeye is leaving it all behind, however, in Civil War he is drawn out of retirement to fight alongside his friend, Captain America.
Given the revelation of his secret life in Age of Ultron, it is unsurprising that Clint stands alongside Captain America in Civil War. While he is a military man at heart, his love for politics is non-existent, so he stands firmly on the Cap’s side, willing to fight against his closest friends.
I’m quite excited about this one – while it does look slightly less comic book, and more tactical in terms of how sleek it looks, there has been a major colour change. Instead of the burgundy of former films, it’s now a purple colour – which is a nod to the comic books, I think.
Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch
First seen in Age of Ultron, Scarlet Witch is one of the newest Avengers. Initially an outsider, she sees herself central to controversy again, over the government regulation of the Avengers. Joining Team Cap as a result of her bond with, Hawkeye, she is bound to be a formidable force to the opposition.
Following Age of Ultron, she will be playing a more central role in Civil War, and developing her relationships with the rest of the team. I’m interested to see her relationship with Vision, given their intimate history within the comic book canon.
I’m assuming more of the same; she was very much a civilian in Age of Ultron, so perhaps the development in Civil War will see her look more like a witch?
Team Iron Man
From his development since the original Avengers movie, then more prominently in Age of Ultron, it doesn’t seem surprising that Tony Stark is pro-registration – although it does make him less bad ass in my mind.
Tony Stark/Iron Man
I’m not sure if it’s because he’s a business man, or if the fact that Pepper hasn’t been seen in what feels like a lifetime, but Tony Stark has changed. In Civil War, he is positively conservative, and agrees with world governments that the Avengers should be regulated. Whether this is through fear or something else is not yet revealed.
Tony Stark, international superhero and jokester is a conservative in Civil War, and seemingly a bit scared. The central conflict in the movie sees Captain America and Tony Stark pitted against each other from a political standpoint, but I’m guessing that politics isn’t enough to beat the crap out of your friend, so I’m assuming there are some personal developments brewing underneath the surface, that cause the two to be so at war.
Given that Tony Stark has access to a huge wardrobe of Iron Man costumes, there are some tweaks to his costume in Civil War. It seems somewhat sleeker, and the colours have changed somewhat, giving a more serious tone to the character’s overall appearance.
Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow
Given her loyalty to Steve Rogers, and appearances in his standalone movies, it is slightly surprising that Natasha is not fighting alongside her friend, Captain America in Civil War.
I’m hoping that it can only get better from where Black Widow was left in Age of Ultron; given how strategically minded she is, as well as being brave, bad ass and the ultimate female superhero, she’s an important asset to team Iron Man.
Black Widow’s costume seems to have moved away from the dominatrix type leather, and looks more like a tactical cat suit in Civil War. I guess moving away from leather is better for mobility, and she seems to look more like her comic book counterpart now, than ever before.
Col. James ‘Rhodey’ Rhodes/War Machine
His loyalty to Tony Stark in Civil War is a no-brainer, and his loyalty to his country goes further than that. Designed by Tony Stark himself throughout the Iron Man movies, he is Iron Man’s ultimate protector/side kick.
Being in agreement about a government regulation with Tony doesn’t seem like a character development, and it probably isn’t, but at least in Civil War, we’ll get to see him interact with other superheroes and see how and if that affects the dynamic between him and Stark.
Black Panther is the newest Marvel character and plays a pretty pivotal role in Civil War. He is the son of the King of Wakanda and he joins the supporting side of the government regulation after innocent civilians are made collateral damage following an Avengers mission.
We’ve never seen Black Panther before, so there is really no development there, however, we do know that he has his own agenda in the movie, which may affect his relationship with Tony Stark in Civil War.
Another hero, essentially, created by Tony Stark in Age of Ultron and new addition to the Avengers team. Being of logical mind, he joins Team Stark in the Civil War conflict, as he believes that it is the safest way to protect the world.
Given that he is a brand new member of Earth’s citizens, he is still trying to find his footing and understand the extent of his powers.
Vision can change his identity and project a disguise that makes him appear how he wishes. In Civil War, he shows an affinity for Howard Stark’s very own Edwin Jarvis.
Another new hero in the Marvel fold! Huzzah! Spider-Man has been personally recruited by Tony Stark, given that he is a brand new addition to the superhero fold, he is presumably fighting blindly for Tony.
I’m hoping that Marvel move beyond the tiresome development that Sony has been pushing on us since the dawn of the millennium, and focus a little more on the ever popular comic book character. Admittedly, I don’t like Spider-Man and would have preferred another version thereof, but I am still hoping he can surprise me.
As I’ve stated previously, I love the costume update for Civil War. While it is entirely brand new for Marvel fans, we have all seen previous incarnations and, I have to admit, this is currently the best.
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