‘Captain America: Civil War’ Footage Debuts at D23 with Avengers Doing Battle

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Captain America: Civil War” stars Chris Evans (Captain America/Steve Rogers) and Anthony Mackie (Falcon/Sam Wilson) were on hand at Disney’s D23 Expo to debut the first footage from the hotly anticipated Marvel movie, which was previewed exclusively for the 7,500 fans packed into a super-sized hall at the Anaheim Convention Center on Saturday morning.

The action-packed reel positioned Evans’ Cap and his team against Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man and Don Cheadle’s War Machine, with Avenger pitted against Avenger in a battle near the end of the trailer.

“Are we still friends?” Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff asks Jeremy Renner’s Clint Barton/Hawkeye at one point during the brawl. “Depends how hard you hit me,” Clint quips.

The disagreement between the former allies seems to stem from a speech delivered by William Hurt’s General “Thunderbolt” Ross, who tells Steve, “The world owes you an unpayable debt — a great many people see you as a hero, but there are some who prefer the word vigilante. People are afraid.” Steve responds, “This job, you try to save as many as you can. Sometimes that doesn’t mean everyone.”

In one scene, Downey’s Tony Stark tells Evans’ Steve, “Sometimes I wanna punch you in your perfect teeth.” Perhaps having learned from his mistakes in “Age of Ultron,” Tony seems to be arguing for more accountability from the superheroes, while Steve is willing to work outside the government system — which makes sense, given S.H.I.E.L.D.’s betrayal in “Captain America: Winter Soldier.” Tony points out, “We have no boundaries, we’re no better than the bad guys.”

The footage also included Cap, Falcon and Black Widow on the hunt for Frank Grillo’s Crossbones in an urban environment (with Falcon deploying Redwing — a modified drone he used to scan the weight of a vehicle). When Crossbones revealed himself, it set off an action-packed brawl around the streets and marketplace, with Black Widow getting the chance to deploy some killer moves on a henchman while Crossbones went toe to toe with Cap — tossing him into cars and trading blows before gloating about Steve’s former friend Bucky (Sebastian Stan). “He remembered you, you know — your pal, your buddy, your Bucky.” The trailer delivered on the promise of “Captain America: Winter Soldier” and the stinger at the end of “Ant-Man,” showing Steve and Sam confronting Bucky in a bunker and trying to establish if Bucky remembered who he was (“Buck, you know me?”) with another scene showing Bucky going to battle alongside his best friend in the fight against Iron Man.

The footage didn’t show Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, but did give a hint of Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther in civilian clothes and extending his costume’s claws, and ended with an amusing scene that saw Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang (aka Ant-Man) meeting Captain America for the first time, and thoroughly geeking out over the encounter: ” I know you know a lot of super people, so thinks for thanking of me! Uh… thanks for thinking of me,” he stammers. Another shot from the film saw a funeral taking place, with the coffin draped in a Union Jack.

“Civil War” also stars Paul Bettany (whose Vision was seen wearing a suit in the footage instead of his caped ensemble from “Ultron” — perhaps because he was attending said funeral?), Emily VanCamp, Martin Freeman and more stars from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Marvel boss Kevin Feige also debuted a concept art trailer from “Doctor Strange,” which has not yet started production. Although Benedict Cumberbatch couldn’t make it to the Expo because of his commitment to “Hamlet” in London, he sent a video message, promising, “Girls, cars, explosions, a bit of astral projection — the usual fare.” Of his mystical titular role, Cumberbatch said, “He’s an extraordinary character and brings in a whole other dimension — multiple dimensions” to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”

The concept art footage, narrated by director Scott Derrickson, showed Stephen Strange — the world’s top neurosurgeon — embarking on a quest for healing after an accident damages his hands and ruins his career. His journey leads him to meet the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), who teaches him mystical arts that imbue him with power. In addition to sweeping landscapes and the familiar streets of New York, the art also featured surreal scenes of hundreds of cars floating in the air and streets skewed at odd angles in visuals reminiscent of “Inception.” The final scene showed Strange creating a ball of yellow energy between his hands.

“Captain America: Civil War” hits theaters on May 6, 2016. “Doctor Strange” will bow on Nov. 4, 2016.

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  1. Cindy says:

    Didn’t show Spider-Man??? That’s funny, cuz I saw something that looked a heck of a lot like the Iron Spider suit.

  2. Fan says:

    I’m sorry but what?! Without seeing the footage and just reading your article those lines sound incredibly cheesy. Nat and Hawkeye fighting? What the hell?! They were basically flirting in the first movie then we find out Clint is married and has children and Nat is basically an Aunty to his children now they are fighting?
    I get Steve and Iron Man as they have always had issues but Clint and Nat makes just about much sense as that stupid Nat and Bruce love story from AOU. (just to be clear I am NOT a hater, I loved Avengers 1 and CA TWS, and I also consider Iron Man to be one of the best comic book films ever made. I also adore Ant Man.)
    Anyways without seeing the footage the description sounds awful. I will see the movie regardless because nine times out of ten Marvel Studios get it right but by god it sounds awful particularly the cheesy/lame lines.

    • therealeverton says:

      Maybe my inability to see why Romanoff and Banner falling for each other is any kind of unlikely event blinds me to this, but with watching scenes being a very different experience to reading about them I’m OK with this. HAwkeye and Widow being on opposite sides of a debate is and a “war” is no kind of surprise. This happens all the time in actual war, siblings, spouses and friends can fall on opposite sides of an argument and then never get back in real life, let alone an allegorical superhero film.

      Now I can’t be 100% who is on whose side, but with the revelation about Hawkeye’s secret family in Age of Ultron it is very easy to see how he would fall in behind Captain America’s stance to keep his family safe AND allow others to do the same. NAtasha on the other hand has always worked for some form of government or the other, refusing to sign up for fear of the regime you may end up working for could be less of an issue for her and getting government (global government) training and support is precisely the kind of thing that may have kept Bruce “at home” is another tick in that column for her.

      We’ll see, but honestly I’m not sharing your doubts.

  3. ejq2323 says:

    i have a feeling that Ant Man will be like Quicksilver was in Days of Future Past (not the one in Age of Ultron). His part will be small but by far will be the scene stealer in the film, just like Michael Peña´s Luis was in his stand alone film. especially when there will be soo much drama going on, we can always trust Paul Rudd to bring the comedy. But i do think is unfair they dont put the trailers online for the entire world to see them, the big part of the box office this types of movies get is from the international markets so why not begin their excitment right away, seems bad to me

  4. IT 2 IT says:

    TAVISTOCK mind control FAKE spectrum ‘culture’
    really gassing up their POST America take down memes.

    TAKE HEED!

  5. Jack says:

    Reblogged this on Tome and Tomb.

  6. Seriously what’s the point of an article without the freaking trailer!?

  7. Zach says:

    Marvel announced a while ago that Black Widow is on Ironman’s side and Hawkeye is with Captain America.

  8. Matt says:

    Thats it just keep reporting there’s a trailer but don’t give a link to it

  9. Rupert says:

    I really just want to watch the trailer already!

  10. therealeverton says:

    Not a rumour, Spider-Man is in it. the rumours are more like Abomination

  11. I'm Ron Burgundy? says:

    no way, a movie with superheros fighting????

  12. Marc V says:

    The film may still be a work in progress, but for a non-Avenger movie, this is some Captain America follow-up since it’s loaded with other heroes/allies that have already appeared in past MCU movies, plus new ones that have yet to make their debut in their own films (namely Black Panther). There are also rumors that Spidey cameos as well, but is that really true? Or is it still that ongoing gossip?

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