Hayden: Oh. My. Goodness. I can’t even begin to describe my excitement after watching that trailer.
Bryson: Saying that I’m excited for Captain America: Civil War would be a massive understatement. I find myself fantasizing about this movie on nearly a daily basis. The original Civil War comic is one of my favorite Marvel story lines. I understand that this will not be the same, there’s no way it can be, but the references to it and the general plot line have me over the moon.
Hayden: Yeah, I have been very pleased with how much inspiration they have pulled from the Civil War comics. I’m really interested to see how they keep this movie from making Iron Man a “bad guy,” because that’s exactly how I felt about Tony Stark when I read through Civil War.
Bryson: How about Spider-Man? I screamed much louder than I would care to admit when Spider-Man swung into the frame, tied up Captain America’s hands, and took his shield away.
Hayden: Spider-Man’s arrived in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in dramatic fashion, to say the least.
Bryson: Man, what a moment. I honestly did not think we would see anything about Spider-Man until the movie came out. I figured he would be in a very small section of the movie, maybe even in a cameo appearance, but this unveil makes me believe he is a much bigger part of this move than I had initially thought.
Hayden: It would be fun to see him play a bigger part than we all thought, but I’m still not convinced. I know these trailers are so meticulously edited, but Spider-Man’s absence in the iconic shot of the heroes charging each other makes me think he won’t see much action in this movie. Initially, I figured he’d only appear at the end of the movie, but the fact that Captain America and Iron Man are still being somewhat cordial in the Spider-Man’s scene also leads me to think that he may show up earlier. I clearly don’t know what I’m talking about.
Bryson: There were a few other incredible moments as well. Ant-Man being shot through the air on Hawkeye’s arrow – a moment pulled straight from the comics – was very exciting. Scarlet Witch tying up the Vision with her spells, and then flying later on in the trailer, excited me a lot. And there were several other scream worthy moments as well.
Hayden: Those were great, but did you see Black Panther?! His suit looks simply amazing. And did you notice how he chased down the Winter Soldier, who was trying to flee on a motorcycle? He was running and pouncing on cars…just like, well, a panther. His cat-like movements looked true to the comics and not even the least bit ridiculous or forced.
Bryson: I do think something is overlooked here.
Hayden: Don’t ruin this for me, Bryson.
Bryson: Well, even though all these other heroes are a big part of the trailer, as they should be for marketing purposes, how much will they really be in the movie? The prevailing story of this movie revolves around Cap and Iron Man, and with Bucky being the center of the attention for both heroes. How much can we really expect to see Ant-Man, Black Panther, and the rest?
Hayden: I see what you’re saying. I know I keep telling myself, “this is a Captain America movie, not the Avengers III.” This film will, and probably should be, centered on Captain America and redeeming Bucky. The Civil War was such a huge event in the Marvel universe. It would be impossible to recreate everything that happened in that storyline. But at least it appears that the MCU has a solid core built around Cap and his team versus Stark and his team. Throw the WInter Soldier and how everyone has probably been affected by something he did over the last few decades, and I’d bet this will be the best MCU movie yet.
Bryson: Only time will tell. Until then, I’ll be trying to temper my excitement just a little bit. Like you said, this isn’t an Avengers movie, even though you could fool me by showing me that trailer. This is a Captain America movie. Iron Man might be stealing the spotlight a little bit, but I expect to see a lot more of Cap and Bucky than anyone else.
Hayden: Iron Man always steals the spotlight. Not complaining, but the Marvel Cinematic Universe is built around Tony Stark and his witty sense of humor. If they make him the antagonist, I have a hard time seeing what his future in the MCU will be.
Bryson: Okay, my final thought: If we see any hinting towards General Ross being able to transform into Red Hulk, I will lose my mind.
Hayden: And the last thing I will say: Either Captain America or Iron Man will die in this movie. Sorry to leave it at that, but it’s totally going to
Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War opens in U.S. theaters on May 6, 2016.