(Update) Now that I have finally gotten some sleep, I have reexamined the trailer with a fresher mind and found some things of note.
Tonight Marvel stars Robert Downey, Jr. and Chris Evans appeared on Jimmy Kimmel to reveal the much anticipated Captain America: Civil War trailer. Since then, I have watched this 9 times. Back to back. In a row. Because, Captain America is awesome and here are some of my initial thoughts on the next chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Please bare in mind that this will not be reviewed in chronological order but will focus on some of the major scenes that I have chosen to highlight. Also, it's late and I'm both tired and exhilarated by what I've been watching.
The first thing that stands out is a character that has yet to be seen in any franchise, Black Panther. Wardrobe has done an excellent job in establishing The Panther's own identity without sharing any resemblance to another dark pointed-ear hero, Batman.
Perhaps it's the low ears (lower than Affleck's in Batman V Superman) and absent mouth piece that help you understand who this character is and who he is not. The added silver colored details to the mask, arms and collar bone area help bring out more of the character's heritage and help define his own presence with out even reminding you that he might look like some other dude in a cape.
In the above photo we are able to get a better straight forward look at the mask's details. The suit that appears in the film is very much on point with what was presented to us all those months ago in USA Today where they debuted the concept art for Black Panther. We can clearly see the unique and detailed line work on the hero's helmet as well as the eyes, which appear to almost glow. The Black Panther costume, though only seen in a few frames in the trailer, is well adapted from the Marvel Comics.
It is also incredibly exciting to see Black Panther fight Bucky, who appears to be no longer under the mind control of Hydra. There have been rumors that T'Challa is after Bucky because he assassinated his father...or was that Tony's dad? Well, maybe it's for the best that I don't know. After all I'd rather let the movie tell it's story than my Facebook feed.
There is also the distinct possibilty that the events in Avengers: Age of Ultron will no doubt be playing a role in Cap's next adventure. We know this because...
The Sokovia Accords. Sound familiar? It should. This is the country that Wanda (Scarlett Witch) and Pietro Maximoff (Quicksilver) are from, it is also the the country that Ultron tried to get all biblical by turning it into a damn meteorite and throwing back at Earth to destroy humanity. Naturally, you can see why world leaders would be a little nervous about what people in costume do and would demand accountability. This is also the same document that seems to label Captain America and his crew vigilantes. Though legal documents in a super hero movie can seem kind of boring which is why we have...
William Hurt coming back to the game as Thaddeus E. "Thunderbolt" Ross. This is such a smart move on so many levels. 1.) This ties in that Hulk movie that got swept under the rug, there by really showing us that Marvel is doing their job by creating the shared universe. 2.) Because of Ross's role in the Hulk film we know that he has had experience dealing with collateral damage done by "enhanced" members of society. I'm sure the dude has been shaking his head every time he turns on the news whether it be aliens invading New York, Cities rising then falling out of the sky or Norse Gods cutting loose and destroying some shit. Ross is a perfect and natural choice made by the government to be the voice of the Sokovia Accords. He'd be like that Bill that could sing on Capital Hill.
Of course the other big take away from all of this is the fact that we'll see Captain America and Iron Man go head to head because, after all it is called Civil War. We seem to be presented with a fragile Tony Stark.
The moment we see him in the trailer he is bruised and tired, of course we've seen him look like this before. However, there is a moment in the climax of the trailer (do trailers have climaxes?) where Cap explains: "I'm sorry, Tony. You know I wouldn't do this if I had any other choice...but he's my friend." He sounds exhausted as if in the middle of some heavy battle. It then cuts to Tony Stark inside the suit appeared to be hurt by those words.
"So was I..." Downey, Jr. responds with such a fragile display of betrayal. It cuts right through you. Again, we've see Stark hurt both physically and mentally before but this performance makes it seem as though Tony has never been hurt like this; I actually found myself caring for Tony in that moment, which I never did in the original series by Mark Millar.
I will say it also interesting to see Tony hurt by Steve Rogers. In all of their previous outings together Stark always seemed to give Rogers a hard time. Maybe it's like when a girl pushes you down at the playground. Either way, I'm sure the film with expand of the relationship. I believe that it was a wise decision to show the loss of that brotherhood. Otherwise, it's just two superheroes fighting and it looks like a toy commercial. We're now reaching a point in our pop culture obsession with these comic book characters where they need to be fighting for more than just Good Vs. Bad. In Civil War the lines continue to blur; your foe could lurk in the shadows or could be the person you stand closest to.
There also has to be something at stake for these guys(and the audience) to really give a damn about what they're fighting for and the idea that their values go way beyond "we're friends" is a really fresh and compelling story line. Whatever is going on in the MCU that is forcing these heroes to fight each other rather than the real enemy is just plain old interesting and has not been seen in the super hero genre.
There is also the return of familiar faces such The Falcon whose own costume seems to be coming in line with his comic origins; the red tips in his wings is a nice nod. Falcon seems to be more confident in his role as Cap's ally, despite saying, "I just want to make sure that we consider all of our options, cause people that usually shoot at you usually wind up shooting at me too."
Also joining Cap is Hawkeye and Scarlett Witch. Their motivations as to why they are joining him have yet to have been revealed. Black Widow's role in the war continues to remain unknown but certain scenes in the trailer seem to indicate that she maybe helping him from afar. Would have liked to have seen Paul Rudd's Ant-Man and Paul Bettany's Vision but I guess we'll just have to wait for that second trailer.
Also, did I mention how pumped I am that Black Panther is in it?
One can't judge a film based on it's trailer yet one can certainly judge the trailer. This perfectly seems up the conflict in the film and will no doubt grab many a Marvel fan's attention!
The war is set to begin May 6th, 2016.