Earlier this month Captain America: Civil War stars Chris Evans and Anthony Mackie, along with executive producer Kevin Feige appeared at Disney’s D23 fan convention in Anaheim to debut the first footage of next summer’s big blockbuster movie that will pit the Avengers against one another. One team lead by Captain America and the other lead by Iron Man, played by Robert Downey Jr.
This past weekend during the Chicago Wizard World fan convention actor Jeremy Renner who plays Hawkeye in the Marvel movies and will reprise the role in Captain America: Civil War hinted that he would be siding with Captain America’s team. Spoiler Alert: assuming Captain America: Civil War will follow the Marvel Civil War comic story it comes as no surprise Hawkeye would side with Captain America to protect his family revealed in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Earlier this morning, Renner confirmed Hawkeye’s allegiance just as Marvel Studios posted the first promo images featuring which superheroes will be fighting for which sides:
Team Iron Man: Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), War Machine (Don Cheadle), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), the Vision (Paul Bettany), and newcomer Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman).
Team Captain America: Captain America (Chris Evans), Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Winter Soldier, aka Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), standing on his shoulder is Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), and Sharon Carter, aka Agent 13 (Emily VanCamp)
In the comics, Civil War dealt with the Superhero Registration Act that requires superheroes to register their secret identities to the government. Captain America opposed the law and fought against Iron Man, who sided with the government. The concept of secret identities will unlikely be an issue in Captain America: Civil War since all the Avengers secret identities are public knowledge, but the idea of Captain America rebelling against the government and Iron Man, who feels guilt and responsibility for the problems that occurred during Avengers: Age of Ultron, will probably be in the movie.
One of the best elements of the Marvel’s Civil War story arc was learning which superhero sided with Captain America or Iron Man. In some cases some heroes swapped sides, or were later revealed to be a spy for the opposing team during the conflict. So to see the two rosters raises interesting questions. Could Black Widow or Hawkeye be turncoats for the other side? For arguments sake is Black Panther the character who changes teams later in the movie? Comic Spoiler Alert: could Sharon Carter or Bucky Barnes be brainwashed and turn on Captain America?
There are two characters currently missing in the promotional art and that is Spider-Man (Tom Holland), and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen).
The rights to incorporate Spider-Man for Captain America: Civil War occurred towards the film’s final pre-production phase, and casting the role occurred during principle filming in Atlanta back in May. Currently, it is reported that Spider-Man will play a small role in the movie since Marvel Studios is currently planning his stand-alone movie. In addition, since last September when Chadwick Boseman was casts as Black Panther, and where Robert Downey Jr, and Chris Evans were tugging at Boseman back and forth at the El Capitan Theatre, it has been implied Black Panther will take on the Spider-Man role in the comics.
On the other hand, Scarlet Witch’s absence in the promo art could raise some questions about Captain America: Civil War plot. The paragraph below is personal fan speculation that holds no merit whatsoever:
Taking elements from two comic book arcs: House of M and the inciting incident that causes Marvel’s Civil War, what if during a mission Scarlet Witch’s hypnotic and telekinetic powers causes mass destruction that results in forcing the Avengers to register as government agents. Feeling responsible for the Avengers’ actions Iron Man will comply with the government, and Captain America will be against it due to Hydra’s influence seen in the events of Captain America: the Winter Soldier. Scarlet Witch could be the person responsible for the upcoming events in the next movie that will kick off the tone for Marvel Studios Phase III.
Hopefully the first teaser trailer for Captain America: Civil War will drop this Christmas, fingers crossed to debut before Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Captain America: Civil War hits theaters next May 6, 2016.