Captain America: Civil War Trailer 2 Breakdown

Pulling quite a dirty, yet highly strategic move, releasing the second (and hopefully final) trailer for their next big project just two weeks before DC enters the ring with this month's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Marvel Studios fired back with a phenomenal tease at one of their most anticipated films yet, May's Captain America: Civil War. Packed with a plethora of new footage, from further scuffles between Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark and Chris Evans' Steve Rogers to a peek inside the origins of some of the film's newest characters, the second trailer for Civil War didn't just cement my anticipation for the film, but it also managed to leave me with many burning questions. Here with a breakdown of the somber yet explosive tease, I'll give you my thoughts on just what might go down come May 6th.


After a quick glimpse of Sebastian Stan's Bucky Barnes, looking to be less than happy and imprisoned behind closed doors, we're introduced to the central conflict of the film, as the massive damage caused by the Avengers is put under investigation. From the battle of New York in 2012's The Avengers to Steve Rogers' personal pursuit to take down the terrorist organization of HYDRA in 2014's Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the titular super-soldier's leadership is questioned by somewhat of a familiar face. Reintroducing William Hurt's General Thaddeus Ross from 2008's The Incredible Hulk, the film pushes forward its political focus as the government begins to consider how superpowered beings should be regulated. Whether Hurt plays a major role in the film or not (we probably won't see him turn into Red Hulk anytime soon), it's definitely an essential task Marvel is pulling off in bringing back a character that many fans might have forgotten.

Following another major international incident involving a very distressed T'Challa aka Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) -- which may be the reason the Wakanda native enters the conflict -- another prominent player also steps into the ring, this one much more familiar. Siding with the government and their mission to regulate the actions of the Avengers, Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark plays the devil's advocate, as he begins to challenge everything Chris Evans' Steve Rogers believes in. Getting a peek at the duo's intense verbal banter, as well as a glimpse at some sort of under-water prison, many questions arise as the conflict only elevates from there.


As the action in the trailer begins to ignite, we get many shots of Bucky Barnes, Black Panther, as well as Rogers and Stark. From a costumed T'Challa taking down an evading Barnes on a motorcycle (with a troubled Rogers not to far behind) to Barnes taking a shot at Stark that looked a little too close for comfort, we can easily assume that Rogers' war-time pal will be at the very center of this political conflict. Possibly provoking T'Challa's Black Panther -- and subsequently Tony Stark -- as the brainwashed assassin is blamed for the mysterious terrorist-like incident that ignites the conflict in the film, it looks like Bucky Barnes aka The Winter Soldier will be quite a pivotal character in the film.

Speaking of pivotal characters, another face masked in ambiguity and looking to be quite the essential character in the film's turning point would have to be Don Cheadle's James Rhodes aka War Machine. Shown in the trailer as being shot down in battle (possibly by Barnes as the trailer teases), the return of Stark's loyal buddy-in-armor Rhodey very well could be his last. Evoking a strong response from Stark after his friend is left incapacitated, he utters the phrase: "I was wrong about you...the whole world was wrong about you." Whether he's talking to Barnes, Rogers, or even Tom Holland's Peter Parker (for the sake of speculation), it's evident that Rhodey's "injury" could play a massive part in how the film concludes.

Continuing on, we get many quick glimpses at a number of important scenes in the film, including what could be one of the movie's first scenes. Showing Rogers and Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow in what looks like T'Challa's home country of Wakanda, fighting some sort of military force led by Frank Grillo's Crossbones -- an antagonist we last saw in 2014's Winter Soldier -- this scene could be pivotal as to how Black Panther gets involved in the affairs of the Avengers. Showing more bouts of Stark vs. Rogers and Barnes vs. T'Challa, one of the most intriguing shots we get -- other than Paul Rudd's Ant-Man riding on Hawkeye's (Jeremy Renner) arrow -- is Elizabeth Olsen's Scarlet Witch overpowering Paul Bettany's Vision. Lovers in the comics, and a pair of super-powered spectacles in the films, this could be our first peek at what's in store for these two mysterious characters. Both introduced just last year in Avengers: Age of Ultron, this division of allegiance between these two lost souls could be a very interesting theme that's explored in the film.


Finishing off the trailer with a generic -- yet highly satisfying -- wide shot of our opposing heroes running towards one another, guns blazing and such, the last shot in the trailer was both unexpected and fantastically teasing. With a weary Tony Stark becoming inpatient as the battle subsides for a moment, he yells the odd word of "underroos". Suddenly swinging just out of frame, in the process whisking Rogers' trusty shield from his grasp, we get our first glimpse at a character we know all too well. Providing fans with a stellar pose among our fighting heroes, as well as a teched-out new suit, the famous wall-crawler known as Spider-Man finally graces the screen in a spot where he's always belonged. Finally inserted into the Marvel Cinematic Universe after years of some brilliant, some highly flawed attempts with Sony Pictures, the wall-crawler's mysterious role in Civil War has yet to be revealed. One things for sure, however, is that he'll definitely play a much bigger role than we anticipated.


Well, thus concludes my breakdown of the most recent attempt at Marvel to sell me even more on their films. Offering up both nail-biting action and intense political themes throughout, the newest tease at May's Captain America: Civil War left me both anxious and perplexed. As many dying questions still await to be answered, and my anticipation to see Iron Man and Captain America duke it out growing with every new sneak peek, May can't get here quick enough. With that, what did you think of the trailer? What was your favorite moment? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below, and stay tuned for further sneak peeks at the biggest films coming soon!       

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