“Captain America: Civil War” Trailer Review

On Tuesday night, the official trailer for the third Captain America movie debuted on Jimmy Kimmel’s talk show. The Marvel heroes themselves Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans made a special guest appearance to promote the new film, and by the looks of it, this movie is definitely going to be something special.

Before I fully unleash my inner fangirl, I have to say that these next few months are going to be tons of fun. We’re getting Star Wars Episode VII in mid-December, Batman v. Superman in March, and now Captain America 3 in May. Wrap your head around that for a second. What a time to be alive! I only pray that these films are just as good as the trailers make them out to be.

Anyways, back to Civil War. The trailer is absolutely amazing. The editing, the music, the shot sequences, everything comes together beautifully. It’s the type of trailer that isn’t just trying to make everything look cool, but it’s also introducing the heart of the film. You clearly sense the tension boiling between Steve Rogers and Tony Stark as they’re contrasting ideologies (which were evident in Avengers and Age of Ultron) finally come to a head. And at the center of it all seems to be Bucky Barnes, a.k.a. the Winter Solider.

Although we have a variety superheroes coming together, this isn’t Avengers 3. Far from it. This is very much a Captain America story, since his strong relationship with Bucky is essentially the cause of conflict. Bucky seems to be regaining his memories piece by piece, and while Stark and the government are hunting him down, Steve is desperately trying to protect his friend. In the meantime, a law has passed that requires all heroes to register with and respond to the government. From further research, I understand that Stark will be more pro-gov and Captain Rogers will be against the law. So it’ll be interesting to see how both aspects of the story intertwine.

I like how we get glimpses of Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye, Falcon, and so on. We didn’t see Ant-Man in the trailer, but taking into account his knack for shrinking, I think he was there and we just missed him. A new character I’m especially excited to see is Black Panther, who appears briefly in only a few shots. I’d be lying if I said he didn’t look cool, and since he’s the king of an African nation, it’ll be interesting to see what his mindset is and which side he’ll choose.

The money shot, for me, was the three-way confrontation with Bucky, Cap, and Iron Man at the end of the trailer. By filming it at a wide shot, we’re able to see the fight clearly and in all its glory. Thankfully, it seems that directors Joe and Anthony Russo are once again handling the fight scenes with care. Similar to Captain American: Winter Soldier, the fight scenes look intense, brutal, and, most importantly, personal.

Now let’s stop for a moment and talk about Bucky Barnes. I could talk endlessly of how I love Bucky Barnes. He’s also a complete badass, but at the same time he’s such a compelling and emotionally resonating character. I personally think that he is going to be the best thing about this movie. There’s so many layers to explore with him, and his friendship with Steve is so powerful. Major props to actor Sebastian Stan for being able to convey so much raw emotion through looks and unbridled rage through actions.

Overall, the trailer for Captain America: Civil War was fantastic. It presented the serious tone, the intensity, and just enough of the narrative in the best way possible. If anything, it had me asking so many questions. Whose side will Black Panther be on, or will he side with anyone at all? How will Cap’s new nemesis Baron Zemo (played by Daniel Bruhl) fit into this conflict? Will Spiderman make an appearance? Will it be mentioned that Winter Soldier is the one who killed Tony’s parents? These are things I need answered! But alas, I guess I’ll just have to be patient.

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