Captain America: Civil War is set for release in theaters on May 6, 2016 in North America and April 29, 2016 in the UK. If you already have the release date circled on your calendar, got your Iron-Man t-shirt picked out for movie night and can rattle off the locations of the infinity stones, this post probably isn’t for you.
On the other hand, if you haven’t been closely following all the superhero movies and like me haven’t read the Civil War comic book series, this will be a quick article to bring you up to speed. Here are five questions and answers about Captain America: Civil War.
“Why are superheroes fighting each other? It’s happening a lot this year.”
The good thing is that you don’t need to read a history book (or wiki) to learn about this Civil War. Basically, due to all the destruction across the globe which involved the Avengers, the government wants oversight and regulations on the superheroes. Captain America believes the heroes should have freedom and no interference from the government while Iron Man is strongly opposed. There is also a very personal reason why Iron Man is at odds with Captain America which the movie will reveal. The conflict between these two positions will force each hero to pick a side.
“Which heroes are on Team Iron Man and Team Captain America?”
Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey Jr.) need to control will extend to the Avengers themselves. On Iron Man’s side is of course his long-time friend War Machine (Don Cheadle), Vision (Paul Bettany) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). Making his first appearance in a Marvel movie is Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), he’s shown fighting for Team Iron Man in the second trailer. As a warrior prince of an African nation called Wakanda his main motivation is to protect his people.
Like his shield, Steve Rogers will not bend or break when it comes to his ideological point of view. Standing with Captain America is Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan).
“Why is the Winter Soldier important?”
The friendship between Winter Soldier and Steve Rogers is one of the driving forces of the film. Their loyalty to each other will spark a war that is already raring to go. The two main things to keep in mind heading into Civil War is that firstly, Winter Soldier is a brainwashed assassin who’s killed many people over the last 70 years. Secondly, at the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, he started to regain his memories including those of his long-time friend Steve Rogers.
“Why is Spider-Man working with Iron Man?”
Tom Holland’s Spider-Man will be the youngest Peter Parker seen in the movies. This will be a rebooted version of Spider-Man and Marvel Studio’s own take on the superhero. Tony will meet Peter when the gifted high-school student is awarded a scholarship sponsored by Stark Industries. Spider-Man, or as Iron Man nicknames him Underoos, is in a vibrantly colored, traditional costume. The most stunning aspect to his look are expressive CGI black and white eyes.
“How does Civil War fit in with all the other Marvel movies?”
Civil War is intended to be the conclusion to the Captain America movie trilogy. Shown from Captain America’s perspective, Civil War takes place a while after the events in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Chris Evans and Directors Anthony & Joe Russo will reunite again in the two part movie Avengers: Infinity War. Civil War marks the beginning to Marvel’s Phase 3 which will see the Avengers become divided, new heroes Doctor Strange, Black Panther and Captain Marvel star in their own solo movie and oh yeah, remember the name Thanos (Josh Brolin).
What do you think about the new Spider-Man? What excites you most about Civil War?