captain america civil war trailer breakdown

If you’re the kind of person who clicks on an exhaustive breakdown of the new Captain America: Civil War trailer, then you’re the kind of person who doesn’t need an introduction to Captain America: Civil War. In short: the movie looks fantastic and the trailer is a smorgasbord of goodness. Real catnip for nerds stuff.

And because I have a serious emotional problem that can only be assuaged through breaking down movie trailers, I went through this thing frame-by-frame, snagging interesting shots and moments of interest, and have compiling them below with some semi-expert commentary. Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

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The trailer opens in what appears to be a flashback. Here’s some kind of mysterious facility, located in in the middle of the (Russian?) wilderness. And like all mysterious facilities, it has a heavy-duty metal door…

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Behind that door is Bucky Barnes, otherwise known as the Winter Soldier, looking like he’s being woken up out of cryosleep. As you surely remember from Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Bucky was reprogrammed as an assassin and kept in stasis unless he was needed for a specific job, hence his still being alive. Here’s why a small shot like this matters: the fact that the film looks ready to delve into the history of the Winter Soldier makes it clear that this is a Captain America movie, first and foremost, and a direct sequel to the previous film. The gigantic cast of superhero support is nice and all, but this is still a Steve Rogers/Bucky Barnes adventure at its core.

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe has seemingly done everything in its power to ignore the existence of The Incredible Hulk, so it’s genuinely weird to see General “Thunderbolt” Ross show up to scold the Avengers for wreaking havoc all over the globe. Did I say weird? I meant great. First of all, his role here ties The Incredible Hulk into the MCU fabric, which is great for us continuity nerds. Second, a familiar face showing up to tell the Avengers that they’re doing a poor job is far more powerful than a stranger. And third, who could possibly say no to more William Hurt?

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Each of the Avengers have their own specific reaction to being shown clips from The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Avengers: Age of Ultron, but I like this one because poor Steve looks so down on himself. It’s easy to shame such an honest guy.

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How many Iron Man suits is this now? Eventually, they all start to blend together a little bit, but in true Marvel style, Tony Stark has most definitely acquired a new set of armor. Eventually, they’re going to run out of red and gold color schemes. But not today.

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Unless it goes by another name in the film, this certainly looks like The Raft, the Marvel Universe’s super villain prison. In the comic book world, this facility is located near Rikers Island off the coast of New York City, but it appears to be a bit more isolated in the MCU. Plus, it looks like it can submerge, which is awfully handy for a place that’s all about hiding dirty laundry.

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And here’s the interior of The Raft, which looks about how you’d except a comic book bad guy penitentiary to look. It looks brand new here (and the cells are empty), so its creation and existence will probably figure into the plot of the film in some way. Heck, Tony Stark probably helped design it.

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The previous trailer only offered the briefest of glimpses at Black Panther in action and this one is no different. However, we are offered this shot of Wakanda’s leader/personal superhero leaping over a car…

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…and leaping right at Bucky Barnes. It’s fairly obvious that Black Panther has some serious beef with Bucky. Perhaps the Winter Soldier caused some serious havoc in Wakanda in another age. And if you’ll allow some blind speculation, what happened to Black Panther’s father, the former ruler of Wakanda, in the MCU? I’m not saying that puzzle piece belongs in the bigger picture or even exists, but I know that I’m thinking about it.

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