When the trailer was dropped during the Super Bowl, I thought I was prepared for anything that Marvel could throw at me. I was wrong. The first Captain America: Civil War trailer premiered and immediately launched fans into the middle of an emotionally fraught storyline. There were too many emotions—and not all were caused by seeing Chris Evan’s beautiful face in emotional pain.
I’m a big fan of epic, tragic, devastating storylines, and the one between Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes has been meticulously crafted by the Russo brothers, who are once again stepping up to the Marvel plate and steering Civil War. Adding on to that storyline, Hawkeye and Black Widow are on separate sides, and a particularly panic-inducing shot was in the trailer of Tony Stark’s own BFF James Rhodes (aka War Machine) getting shot down and boy, oh boy, was I a mess by the ends of the trailer.
And that was all in the span of little more than two minutes.
So I prepared myself for the next trailer drop, which happened just this past weekend. It’d be emotional, and it still was, but this time Marvel dropped a massive amount of action—Iron Man punching Captain America, Black Panther tackling the Winter Soldier, and so forth. Not only does Captain America: Civil War have the looks of an emotional rollercoaster, it also has the action that Marvel does best.
While the setup for Tony Stark and Steve Roger’s falling out is a little shoddy (let’s be real, all the infighting in the past Avengers films makes it almost logical that they’d stand on opposite sides), what really scares me is the possibility of a major character death. Rumors are floating along on the internet, as rumors do, and if the storyline of the movie follows the storyline of the comics…let’s just say there’s going to be some tears coming from me very readily.
Maybe that’s part of the reason why the Avengers and Marvel franchise does so well. Yes, all the action is star quality, and the classic element to their superheroes speaks to generations across the board. Yet, there’s also a relatable emotional root to these characters—while we may only wish that we had super strength or an amazing technological suit, audiences can still find themselves in bits in pieces of the vulnerabilities of the heroes on screen. Captain America is still just a man in a tight suit, after all.
Or maybe I’m just sentimental, and reading too into superhero movies. That’s probably more accurate, anyways. The takeaway is that I wasn’t ready for Civil War after Captain America: Winter Soldier, wasn’t ready after Avengers: Age of Ultron, and will still not be ready as the opening credits roll up on screen.