The Marvel Cinematic Universe officially concluded its Phase 2 earlier this year with Ant-Man, the second release of 2015 after Avengers: Age of Ultron. But, before the Avengers return in Infinity War Part 1 and Part 2, many of them will appear in Captain America: Civil War. The feature will work to complete the Captain America trilogy helmed by Anthony and Joe Russo, as well as introduce a number of new superheroes like Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Spider-Man (Tom Holland).
Fans got their first glimpse of Black Panther in action in the first teaser trailer for Captain America: Civil War, which also revealed the two sides of the titular civil war led by Steve Rogers a.k.a Captain America (Chris Evans) and Tony Stark a.k.a. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.). Stars Evans and Downey Jr. went on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to debut the trailer, along with the first poster for Captain America: Civil War. Now, Marvel has released two more posters featuring the pair of superheroes at the center of the fight.
The first poster released by Marvel features Captain America and Iron Man facing off, Tony without his mask on. But, for these character posters released by Marvel, both Captain America and Iron Man are fully suited up, Tony in his armor and Steve using his shield in a fight against his former friend. Additionally, the tagline from the first poster carries over to these two character posters: “Divided we fall.”
Although the images take a rather minimalist approach by only featuring two of the superheroes and villains in Captain America: Civil War, others set to appear include Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), War Machine (Don Cheadle), Vision (Paul Bettany), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), Agent 13 (Emily VanCamp), and Crossbones (Frank Grillo). Additionally, Daniel Brühl will join the MCU as Helmut Zemo as well as Martin Freeman in an unspecified role – though rumors claim he’ll be playing Everett K. Ross.
Take a look at the posters:
If the trailer and these posters are any indication, it’s clear that Captain America and Iron Man will be more prominently featured in the marketing for Civil War than the other superheroes set to face off in the film. Of course, we know it’s their feud over the Sokovia Accords – and whether or not they support registration of superhuman abilities – that sets off the titular civil war and divides the Avengers into two sides, which we glimpsed in the trailer.
That being said, although Civil War will be another installment in the Captain America series, it has the packed cast of an Avengers movie and it’s unclear how much of the film will be focused on this large cast. From the trailer it’s clear that Steve’s friendships with Bucky and Iron Man (however tenuous the latter has been in the Avengers movies) will be a major focus in Civil War, with Cap caught needing to decide where his loyalties lie. However, with so many other superheroes set to return or be introduced in the film, it seems unlikely they’ll do more than act as supporting roles to the major players of Captain America: Civil War. Of course, if the positive fan response to the scene in the trailer that shows Bucky and Cap teaming up against Iron Man is any indication, viewers won’t be too disappointed by that.
Captain America: Civil War will release on May 6, 2016, followed by Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man – July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on May 1, July 10 and November 6, 2020.