‘Captain America: Civil War’ Prelude Promo Amps Up the Emotion for the Marvel Sequel

     April 7, 2016


Disney is going all out right now, and it’s hard not to see this as the studio capitalizing on the faster-than-expected burnout of Batman v Superman. Yesterday they announced Captain America: Civil War will anchor a “Marvel Week” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! next week, including the trailer debut for Doctor Strange, this morning they dropped the incredible first trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and now they’ve released a new spot for Civil War that showcases the emotional core of the titular fisticuffs.

Titled “The Past is  Prelude”, this new spot features footage from the first Captain America and Iron Man films, serving to highlight the philosophical differences between Steve Rogers and Tony Stark that may have made a confrontation inevitable. There are also bits of footage from Civil War towards the end, and this spot does a great job of showcasing something Marvel does well: serialized storytelling. Each Marvel film technically stands alone, but when taken as part of a whole is when the story really pays off. It’s both a benefit and a hindrance, as films like Iron Man 2 and Thor: The Dark World awkwardly try to address the overall MCU while movies like Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers: Age of Ultron find organic ways to both further the serialized story and tell a worthwhile standalone adventure.

Civil War is a culmination of sorts, but I’m curious to find out where things stand at the end of the film, as we know that this is the boots-on-the-ground scuffle that serves as an appetizer for the MCU-encompassing two-part epic Avengers: Infinity War, which has already been described as the climax and conclusion of sorts to the Marvel Cinematic Universe thus far.

Check out the new Captain America: Civil War TV spot below. The film stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Anthony Mackie, Scarlett Johansson, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Rudd, Paul Bettany, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Elisabeth Olsen, and Martin Freeman. The film opens in theaters on May 6th.

Here’s the official synopsis for Captain America: Civil War:

Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.

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