Unless you live under a rock, or somewhere with no internet connection, or both, you've probably seen or at least heard of Marvel Studios dropping the new trailer for Captain America: Civil War! And let me just say, I think I'm in love!
You can see the full trailer here: https://youtu.be/dKrVegVI0Us
I'll be honest, as I started watching this trailer, my first thoughts were, "Yawn, just more explosions, and out of context dialogue." But then about half way through, my thoughts changed completely.
Among all of the explosions and dramatic music, we see scenes of a character dressed in what looked to be a techno cat suit. This is none other than Black Panther, the king of Wakanda himself.
My thoughts on this were, "Cool, we're actually gonna see more of Black Pather, rather than just a quick cameo." Which previously had been the formula for previous Marvel movies when introducing a new character. Hawkeye had like 3 lines in his first appearance in Thor. Black Widow didn't do anything until the end of Iron Man 2, and there's that deleted scene of Captain America frozen in the ice in the Incredible Hulk (Although there is still some debate as to weather that one is canon.) But this...this looked like Black Panther might actually get himself more than a few lines and an action sequence. I started to get a bit more excited, and then it hit me...
"Hey, isn't Spider-Man supposed to be in this movie?"
For those who don't know, previously Spider-man had been a prisoner of Sony. Long before Marvel Comics had their own studios, they sold the movie rights of some of their most famous characters off to Fox and Sony. This brought us movies like the X-Men, Ghost Rider, Daredevil, Fantastic Four and 5 different Spider-Man movies. And while it was nice seeing the web slinger on the big screen, it was always kind of bitter sweet knowing that he could never interact with other characters from the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe). Spidey would have to stand alone against all the villains he faced, and more importantly, he could never grow into the character that I had come to know and love in my 25 plus years of reading comics. He would never be handled with the care and compassion that the company who had created him would have give him. It seemed like a lost cause, and Sony had plans to roll out several more Spider-Man movies, and several spin-offs. Each sounding more and more ridiculous. That is until The Amazing Spider-Man 2 bombed at the box office. Quickly taking advantage of the situation, Marvel, armed with Disney's almighty checkbook, made a deal to bring Spider-Man to the MCU where he truly belonged.
Which brings us back to the trailer, and my thought bubbles.
As the title screen pops up at what I thought was the end of the trailer, with no sign of the Web-Head, I thought to myself, "Oh well, I guess Marvel is just saving him for the actual movie, or maybe we've been teased about him showing up and we would have to wait even longer to see Spidey amongst his super powered companions....and then it happened!
What will probably go down as one of the coolest moments in a trailer I've ever seen did not disappoint. Tony Stark (Iron Man) starts talking some smack to Team Cap, and then just like that, there's that all too familiar "thwip" sound and a shot of a web like substance sticking to Cap's shield. Then, to top it off, the masked hero descends from the sky, scooping up Cap's shield and landing in the always iconic 3 point stance.
The shot of Spider-Man, finally back where he belongs, holding the shield of Captain America, one of the most definitive symbols of Marvel (if not all of comics), was just too much to handle! I got goose bumps, I gave a fist bump to the imaginary person next to me and even let out a cheer!
I know this movie is about Captain America and Iron Man. I know it's about choosing sides I know Spider-Man will probably only be in a scene or two. But I don't care! This has been a long time coming and I could not be more thrilled! Welcome home, Spider-Man...I've missed you!
So regardless if your're on Team Cap...
Or Team Iron Man...
What did you think of the trailer? Let me know in the comments.
Captain America: Civil War opens in theaters everywhere Friday, May 6th.