Well, that certainly blindsided me! It had been teased all day that Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. had something special for Jimmy Kimmell’s show tonight, but no one really expected this. I certainly didn’t, at least. At most I figured we’d get a poster and maybe a teaser for the trailer. We certainly got the former, but they went above and beyond when it came to the latter. For those that haven’t seen it yet, click on over to the trailer for Captain America: Civil War HERE and watch it right now.
Did you watch it? Good. There’s a lot to unpack here. Naturally, the trailer illustrates the split between The Avengers as a team and does a fairly good job of explaining why. It does make it seem like the disagreement is entirely a personal one for Cap, which is partially true, but certainly not the whole truth. No worries though, as there’s another 6 months of trailers and TV spots ahead of us to fully convey that to the public at large.
What this initial trailer is meant to do is shock and awe audiences. After all, we’ve seen these guys & gals take down aliens, Asgardians, and sentient killer robots, but never each other. Sure, there was a minor scuffle in the first Avengers film, but never anything like this. What stands out the most to me amidst a sea of money shots (Black Panther looks great!) is the renewed relationship between Cap & Bucky and the destroyed one between Cap & Tony. That and the restraint being shown by not stuffing Spider-Man into this. I hope that holds for at least awhile.
There’s no guarantee that the Russo Bros. will stick the landing here when it comes to the great drama that can be mined from this tale, but my love of Captain America: The Winter Soldier makes me believe that they will. Not only that, but between that film and what I see so far of this one, I have great faith in them to bring it all home at the end of Phase Three with both installments of Avengers: Infinity War. Things got rocky for our heroes in the second act of their journey (Phase Two), but now the shit is about to hit the fan as we enter Act Three.
Without further adieu, here is the new teaser poster for Captain America: Civil War. You have to admit, that’s a pretty killer tagline. Divided We Fall indeed.