There has been an awakening… only this time, it comes from another corner of Disney’s entertainment empire! Marvel Studios has unveiled the first teaser trailer for Captain America: Civil War last night, and it looks like we’re in for quite a ride:
Looking good so far, right?
What intrigues me most about this trailer aren’t the special effects or the blockbuster superhero brawls; we knew this film would have those, and we knew they’d be great. What this trailer emphasizes–smartly, I think–are the characterizations.
- I’m excited to see William Hurt returning as “Thunderbolt” Ross. He brought a lot of gravitas to the role in The Incredible Hulk (2008), and I expect he’ll turn in another strong performance here.
- Black Widow’s friendship with Cap breathed a lot of life into The Winter Soldier. Watching them fall into opposite camps during the superhero civil war will likely provide a lot of pathos. Both Scarlet Johansson and Chris Evans are outstanding actors, and they will make us feel every devastated heartbeat as their characters’ relationship is strained to, and perhaps past, its breaking point.
- Speaking of fractured friendships, I found Tony Stark’s sad acknowledgment of the situation surprisingly moving. When Cap tells Tony that Bucky is his friend, and Tony responsds, “So was I,” Tony sounds genuinely wounded. I don’t think we’ve seen that side of Iron Man much in the MCU; I’m looking forward to seeing it here.
- I do worry that Cap and Bucky’s relationship hasn’t been fleshed out enough onscreen to convince us that Cap would be willing to fight the Avengers for Bucky’s sake. I know they have a long and rich history in the comics, but we have really seen very little of Bucky as Bucky in the Marvel movies. Evans and Sebastian Stan have their work cut out for them if they want to convince audiences that Cap will go to such extremes for his friend… even, I wonder, showing that greatest love of which Jesus spoke (John 15.13)?