captain america civil war featurette

Ah, Captain America: Civil War. You always had our curiosity, but with that trailer your officially have our attention. While the next chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is still five months away, the marketing push has already begun. The first preview was just step one. Step two was a trailer breakdown from the film’s directors, Joe Russo and Anthony Russo. Step three was a barrage of photos from the film, information about Black Panther’s role in the movie, and official confirmation that Spider-Man will play a part.

And that brings us to step four: a new Captain America Civil War featurette that explores the conflict at the heart of the film while teasing us with tiny snippets of new footage and interviews with new and old MCU cast members.

This featurette debuted over at Entertainment Weekly and like that Guardians of the Galaxy deleted scene from earlier today, it’s part of the promotion for the brand new Marvel Cinematic Universe phase 2 box set. “Find this featurette and more in that lavishly designed and priced new Blu-ray package!” is the underlying message here and, well, it works. Hopefully, you’ve been saving your loose change for this one.

Anyway, here’s the featurette:

There isn’t a ton of new information there, but there are plenty of fun details to be had. Knowing that the movie won’t actively pick a side and will force us to challenge our personal opinions of Tony Stark and Steve Rogers is certainly enticing, as are the tidbits about Chadwick Boseman‘s Black Panther and Elizabeth Olsen‘s Scarlet Witch. At this stage in the game, everyone is being very careful about not saying the right or wrong thing, so the little gaps that spring up here and there (like which Avengers end up on each side of this conflict) are just as interesting as what’s actually being said.

Perhaps the biggest ray of sunshine surrounding this movie is how it looks so completely and utterly unlike the Civil War comic book event series. Although intriguing in concept, that 2006 series was a disaster, forcing superheroes to make painfully out-of-character decisions amidst rushed, chaotic plotting. Marvel Studios seems to have taken the core of that storyline – Captain America and Iron Man have a fundamental disagreement and battle it out – and built it into something that feels like it will actually matter.

Captain America: Civil War will arrive on May 6, 2016. The big box set that contains this featurette is in stores today.

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