“Our job,” says Tony Stark, “is to save as many people as we can. Sometimes that doesn’t mean everybody. But you don’t give up.” These words play over the visuals of the destruction and mayhem in New York, Washington D.C., and the Marvel universe fictional country of Shekovia. It’s all coming to a head. Tony Stark believes that the heroes need to be put in check, and whatever form that takes, he’s up for it. Captain America, however, refuses to turn a blind eye to trouble when he’s needed, and that’s what sets the two heroes on their separate —and opposing — paths.
All the familiar cast from The Avengers movies are back, including Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Captain America, Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow, Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson / Falcon, Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch, Paul Bettany as The Vision, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton / Hawkeye and Don Cheadle as Jim Rhodes/War Machine.
Sebastian Stan will also be back as Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier, but we get some new characters and actors in the mix as well. Chadwick Boseman comes on board as T’Challa / Black Panther, , Daniel Brühl plays Baron Helmut Zemo, Frank Grillo is Brock Rumlow / Crossbones, Emily VanCamp joins the cast as Sharon Carter / Agent 13, William Hurt plays General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross, and Paul Rudd reprises his role as Scott Lang / Ant-Man.
Watch through to the end, though, because something we’ve all been waiting to see is the addition of Peter Parker / Spider-Man, played by Tom Holland. That cool facial animation trick Marvel Studios did with Deadpool’s eyes in Deadpool is used again here, to give Spider-Man some facial expression that hadn’t been possible in previous films. It’s exciting to see Spidey make his surprise appearance, landing on top of that truck after having swiped Captain America’s shield, but the classic three point landing looks a teensy bit wobbly. Parker is still just a kid, technically, so if he’s a bit unsure of himself in this high powered, high stakes scenario, we’d like to think this was a creative decision more than an accident of production.
Captain America: Civil War is based loosely on the 2006 Marvel Comics limited series Civil War, and is the thirteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far. Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo from a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, Captain America: Civil War will debut in theaters on May 6, 2016. The film has a running time of 2 hours and 27 minutes, making it the longest Marvel movie to date.