civil war trailer

Earlier today, a rumor circulated that the first trailer for Captain America: Civil War would be attached to Spectre, which is set to make its North American bow next week. On one hand, this makes sense – why wouldn’t Marvel Studios want to piggyback off one of the most successful movie franchises of all time to hype their own massively successful movie franchise? But on the other hand, you wonder why they just don’t wait a few weeks. After all, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is out in December and that seems like a nice way to keep everything under the Disney-owned umbrella.

Well, the other hand seems to be right. The counter-rumor says that a Civil War trailer is on the way, but we shouldn’t expect to see it in theaters until Star Wars makes its grand return. If nothing else, Disney is a master of synergy.

This report comes to us from Collider, whose sources have proven to be reliable in the past. If their unnamed sources aren’t proof enough for you (and honestly, you should carry salt with you wherever you go on the internet), they offer some strange evidence that also feeds into another ongoing mystery.

To fully appreciate this evidence, you have to understand that there is an unverified Twitter account that claims to represent Joe and Anthony Russo, the directors of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War. This feed consists entirely of extreme close-up shots of, uh, stuff. Costume textures. Props. Text. By itself, it never looks like much, but when carefully examined, it could indicate a first look at Spider-Man’s new costume or a major plot point. Now, Collider thinks that this feed predicated the Civil War trailer news a few days ago.

Look at this tweet. On the right is a portion of the American flag. On the left is something else.

You may not know it, but chances are strong that you’ve seen that image on the left before. It’s part of this famous poster for the original 1977 Star Wars:

star wars poster

So if Collider’s sources are right about the Civi War trailer being attached to The Force Awakens (and it makes too much sense to not be true), then this Twitter feed knew about it in advance. That also means that we might as well put a blue check mark next to the name because this is totally affiliated with the filmmakers.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set to open on December 18, 2015. Captain America: Civil War will arrive on May 6, 2016.

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