A rumor is making the rounds today that the first trailer for Marvel Studios’ highly anticipated Winter Soldier sequel Captain America: Civil War will arrive not in a few months, but next weekend attached to screenings of Spectre. As if this rumor didn’t obviously fail the sniff test, we can confirm that the Civil War trailer is not coming next weekend. After all, why would Disney waste such a massive debut opportunity at the beginning of November, attached to a decidedly non-Disney film? With its absolutely stacked ensemble (nearly every Avenger at least makes an appearance, plus a bevy of supporting MCU players), Civil War is primed to be one of the biggest moviegoing events of 2016. No way Disney launches its marketing campaign at such a random time, attached to a James Bond movie no less.
So when will we see the first trailer for Captain America: Civil War, then? Well it’s pretty obvious, but sources are telling us that the first look at the film will be attached to Star Wars: The Force Awakens on opening weekend. Of course. This is the kind of debut you want if you’re Disney—attach the trailer for your biggest 2016 release in front of your biggest 2015 release. The amount of people that will be seeing The Force Awakens opening weekend (and for many more weekends after that) is going to be massive, guaranteeing the biggest possible audience for Disney to introduce Captain America: Civil War to the world at large.
But if it’s evidence you’re looking for in terms of when we’ll see this trailer, we actually happen to have some. You may be aware that a mysterious Twitter account going by the name of “Russo Brothers” appeared earlier this year, seemingly named for the Winter Soldier, Civil War, and upcoming Avengers: Infinity War directing duo of Joe and Anthony Russo. The account has yet to be confirmed as actually belonging to the Russos, but many have taken its series of close-up photo tweets to be actual teases from the set of Civil War.
A couple of days ago, the account tweeted two more seemingly innocuous close-up images.
As per usual, neither was clear enough to 100% make out, but one definitely showcased some very Captain America-esque stars. Well Collider reader Eric did some deep digging on the other photo and came up with what appears to be the source: a Star Wars poster. So, if this Twitter account does belong to the Russo Brothers, it would appear that they’ve already taken to hinting that the Civil War trailer is attached to The Force Awakens.
So, mark your calendars folks: Christmas comes early this year. The first trailer for Captain America: Civil War will be available to witness in theaters starting December 17th. The Marvel film, which stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Paul Rudd, Chadwick Boseman, and Daniel Bruhl is slated for release on May 6, 2016.