It is difficult to see anything beyond the release of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens I have to admit, but there is another interesting year waiting for us post December as far as Hollywood is concerned. One of the biggest movies lined up for 2016 is of course Captain America: Civil War. The third movie of the Captain America series, this one is as good as a mini-Avengers story given the number of recurring superheroes apart from Cap. It was initially lined up for a head-to-head collision with the DC Comics based Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice before the latter blinked first and chose an earlier release date. Captain America: Civil War has now come out with its first trailer and this one is as impressive as you would have wanted it to be!
The movie sees the return of the Russo brothers, Anthony and Joe, as the directors. The duo had done such a terrific job with Captain America: The Winter Soldier which got them the director’s role for the next Avengers flick as well after Joss Whedon called it quits. So I expect Captain America: Civil War to be strongly interlinked with the Phase III of Marvel’s cinematic universe, which could give us a good idea in which direction this superhero universe is headed.
Captain America: Civil War brings back Chris Evans as the superlative Captain America, though this time facing a dilemma on helping his friend at the cost of his duty. Evans has been nothing short of terrific in his portrayal of Captain America over the last five years, and there has been a strong buzz for sometime that this would be his last outing in the famous red and blue colors. Many of us would be gutted if that indeed were to happen.
We can’t get enough of Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, can we? He wears the armor of Iron Man once again even though two years back, in the manner that Iron Man 3 had concluded, there was a sense of ending for this character. But he is still the most popular guy of this Avengers universe, and I bet Disney is not flinching much to keep paying him his huge wages until they can get a new cast of Avengers truly connect with the audience. The beauty of Captain America: Civil War will lie in the internal conflict that it is going to portray amongst the superheroes here, forming two teams led by Iron Man and Captain America. There has always been a rift in thoughts, ideas and actions in this superhero world, ever since Joss Whedon craftily bounced these big personalities against each other in 2012’s Avengers. But now for the first time we will get to see a full-blown rivalry. How will the Russo brothers still be able to protect the ‘hero’ status of the members of both teams by the end of this film is what I am excited to see. When you watch that last scene in the trailer when Captain America has doubled up with his friend Bucky against Iron Man, don’t tell me it did not make your blood boil!? Those are the kind of emotions that Captain America: Civil War is going to bring out, and how the movie ends will set this franchise on a new path.
Captain America: Civil War is also bringing back many other actors from the Marvel cinematic universe, Sebastian Stan as Winter Soldier, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Anthony Mackie as Falcon, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch, Don Cheadle as War Machine and Paul Bettany as Vision. We will also have William Hurt reappear from his The Incredible Hulk days (of 2008!) as General Ross. The trailer also shows us the first glimpses of Black Panther in his superhero suit which is a delight, even though a brief one. Chadwick Boseman is playing this character; there is a standalone movie on Black Panther slated for 2018. Not seen in the trailer, but we know he is there somewhere, is Tom Holland as Spider-Man who is going to make an appearance in the Marvel cinematic world for the first time after Sony and Disney agreed on a tie-up for the famous web-slinger. If he has a really small appearance then I would prefer that he’s not shown in the upcoming trailers as well, leaving us with a pleasant surprise in the cinemas.
Captain America: Civil War is going to be massive – it has to be as along with Thor, Captain America is the only one left to continue with a standalone movie from the original Avengers team. As the likes of Doctor Strange and Black Panther will be judged by the audience in the next two years, the verdict on Captain America is already out. We just love him! Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the fifth biggest movie of the Marvel cinematic universe so far, after the two Avengers flicks, Iron Man 3, and Guardians of the Galaxy. The challenge for Captain America: Civil War is to beat those mighty box-office numbers of its predecessor. It’s a war alright!
Captain America: Civil War is scheduled to release in the USA on May 6, 2016.