Wednesday, November 25, 2015


Talk about a prelude to war...

During last night's episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, Chris Evans and Robert Downey, Jr. stopped by to premiere the first trailer for their upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe film Captain America: Civil War.

The two-minute, twenty-five second trailer follows up on the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, with Captain America attempting to help his old friend The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) while fending off government interference and a huge rift with his fellow Avenger Iron Man.

Picking up after the mid-credits bonus scene in Ant-Man, we first Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson/The Falcon (Anthony Mackie) trying to see if Steve's old pal Bucky Barnes remembers him after being brainwashed by the Russians.  

"Your mom's name was Sarah," Bucky replies.  "You used to wear newspaper in your shoes."

"You're a wanted man," remarks Steve as we see an explosion followed by a crowd of panicked people running for safety.  This seems to hint that the Winter Soldier is responsible for the act, or has been framed by someone else.

"I don't do that anymore."

"Well, the people who think you did are coming right now...and they're not planning on taking you alive."

We then see the return of William Hurt as his Incredible Hulk character Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross.  "Captain," Ross begins, "while a great many people see you as a hero, there are some who'd prefer the word vigilante.  You've operated with unlimited power and no supervision.  That's something the world can no longer tolerate."  To emphasize the point, Ross slides over a copy of the Sokovia Accords, recalling the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) offers Cap her sympathy for his situation, along with a warning.  "I know how much Bucky means to you," she says.  "Stay out of this one.  Please. You'll only make this worse."

"Are you saying you'll arrest me?" asks Cap.

"There will be consequences," remarks Ross as we see armed agents and Iron Man showing up to take Captain America into custody.  

"Captain," begins Iron Man after removing his helmet, "you seem a little defensive."

"Well, it's been a long day," Cap replies.

"If you can't accept limitations," says Tony Stark in a different, presumably earlier scene, "we're no better than the bad guys."

"That's not the way I see it," counters Steve.

"Sometimes I want to punch you in your perfect teeth."

We see The Falcon diving into action, as Sam tells Steve while hiding out in a bar, "I just want to make sure we consider all our options, because people that shoot at you usually wind up shooting at me, too."

"You know what's about to happen," warns Black Widow as we see Iron Man and War Machine (Don Cheadle) facing off against Cap, the Winter Soldier, Hawkeye, and Scarlet Witch.  "Do you really want to punch your way out of this?"

"What do we do?" asks The Falcon as we get a quick glimpse of Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther.  

"We fight," replies Cap as we see him and his "side" charging into action.  Black Panther lays into the Winter Soldier, Hawkeye faces off against Black Widow, Captain America chases after Black Panther, Steve Rogers struggles to keep a helicopter from taking off, Black Widow watches an explosion at an airport, and Winter Solider fights Iron Man.

"I'm sorry, Tony," Steve says in a voiceover, as we see Iron Man caring for a wounded War Machine.  "You know I wouldn't do this if I had any other choice...but he's my friend."

"So was I," responds Iron Man, just before the last thing we see is him squaring off against a brutal double-team of Captain America and the Winter Soldier.

If you'd like to check out this great trailer, you can view it below thanks to JImmy Kimmel Live's official YouTube account...

Captain America: Civil War arrives in theaters on May 6, 2016.

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