By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)
When Marvel Studios took to the stage at this year’s D23 Expo, president Kevin Feige brought the first look at footage from Captain America: Civil War. While we wait for the official release of what the audience saw, there are enough descriptions of material to get a detailed account of it.
Here’s a summary of the Captain America: Civil War footage, followed by my usual rambling of what it all might mean.
It begins with Falcon (Anthony Mackie) using his drone, Redwing, that launches from his backpack in search of Crossbones (Frank Grillo). Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) is also on hand fighting some henchmen, while Captain America (Chris Evans) takes down the villain. After his defeat, Crossbones reveals to Rogers that he has some information regarding Bucky Barnes, aka The Winter Soldier, and taunts him with “You know, he remembered you. Your pal, your buddy, your Bucky.”
Then it cuts to Steve Rogers being lectured by General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross (William Hurt) at the Avengers headquarters, saying, “The world owes you an unpayable debt. A lot great many people see you as a hero. There are some who prefer the word vigilante. People are afraid.”
Captain America finally confronts Bucky, who confirms that he remembers their childhood together, while, later on, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) tells Rogers, “Sometimes I want to punch you in your pefect teeth.” There’s a very brief look at Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and his retractable Vibranium claws, but it isn’t clear whose side he’s on.
Near the end of the Captain America: Civil War clips, both teams on either side of the civil war rush towards each other revealing the line-up of the pro-registration and anti-registration groups. Old friends Black Widow and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) are back to fighting each other, but this time without the influence of Loki’s scepter. Black Widow asks him, “We’re still friends right?” Hawkeye responds with, “Depends on how hard you hit me.”
Finally, the Captain America: Civil War footage ends with Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), not yet suited up as Ant-Man, practically geeking out over meeting Captain America. He shakes Rogers’ hand and says, “What an honor… I’m shaking your hand too long. Thanks for thinking of me.” He then turns to Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and says, “I know you, too, you’re great.”
What Does It Reveal For Captain America: Civil War?
The Captain America: Civil War footage confirms that the pro-registration side will be comprised of Iron Man, War Machine (Don Cheadle), Vision (Paul Bettany), and Black Widow. Opposed to the Sokovia Accords are Captain America, Falcon, The Winter Soldier, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, and Ant-Man.
Spider-Man (Tom Holland) is expected to be on team Iron Man, while I expect Black Panther to be on team Black Panther, based on Feige’s remarks back in June.
The big surprise is that Black Widow is teaming up with Iron Man, but I wouldn’t put it past Captain America to order her to spy on the pro-registration side. She is a spy after all, and it wouldn’t be the first time she tricked Stark. It also seems that there won’t be too much of a fight between Rogers and Barnes, who seem to team up together rather quickly, making Captain America: Civil War less of a search for his missing friend.
Lastly, with Ant-Man and Hawkeye on the same team, I am desperately hoping that they make a live action version of this shot somewhere in the film.
Captain America: Civil War will premiere in theaters on May 6, 2016.