Last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the new trailer for Captain America: Civil War hit the airwaves, and you have to see this. It contains almost all new footage compared to the initial showing to the fans at D23 last August, and gives us a nice clear look at the awesomeness we were hoping would be there. The primary conflict of the film is the increased governmental regulation of superpowered individuals. Iron Man supports it, and Captain America doesn’t. This is a battle of ideologies, first in rhetoric, but inevitably it goes physical and everybody chooses up sides. It begins with Bucky (the Winter Soldier), and Captain America trying to keep his old friend safe. Things go very south from there. Towards the end of the trailer, we see Cap and Bucky pretty much taking Tony Stark apart one piece of armor at a time.
There is an important difference between Civil War and DC’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which is due out barely two weeks earlier on March 25, 2016: we already care about who these characters are and we’re already emotionally invested in the outcome. We’ve had several films to really get to know and understand Cap and the rest of the Avengers. DC has to introduce the entire Justice League team as an ensemble cast, and give you an action packed superhero movie while making you care about the characters, all in one film. That’s a mighty tall order, and they may not be able to pull it off.
Here’s the official synopsis for Captain America: Civil War:
Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.
Captain America: Civil War hits the screens on May 6, 2016.