Captain America 3: Civil War trailer breakdown

We painstakingly analyse the first trailer for Captain America: Civil War

The first trailer for Captain America: Civil War is here, and it looks brilliant. Sure there are still questions – and there’s no sign of Vision, Ant-Man, Agent 13, Baron Zemo or Crossbones – but we’re excited nonetheless. In the meantime, we broke down the trailer for your (and our) amusement:

captain-america-civil-war-image-1 We start where we left off in the post-credits scene for Ant-Man, with Bucky brought in by Cap and Falcon. But what state of mind is he in?captain-america-civil-war-image-3
Judging by his in-depth Cap knowledge, it looks like Bucky has recovered (at least partially) from his brainwashing. Happy Cap.

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However, something’s happened, and Bucky is promptly forced to leg it from pursuing forces. Sad Cap.

When Civil War, Cap is still fighting on the side of the ‘angels’. However, it looks like this status quo might not last for long…

…as bad news awaits him at the Avengers Warehouse (as we’ve taken to calling it).

William Hurt is back as General Thaddeus ‘Thunderbolt’ Ross, making his first MCU appearance since 2008’s The Incredible Hulk. And with the words, “There are some who see you as a vigilante”, it’s clear that he’s opposed to Cap. Which makes him a bit of a hypocrite, considering that he was the one who tried to resurrect the Super-Soldier programme in the first place.

captain-america-civil-war-image-10 “You’ve operated with unlimited power and no supervision. That’s something the world can no longer tolerate.” Yep, he’s definitely the bad guy here. And it looks like he’s after Bucky, seen here in fugitive mode.

The comics saw the introduction of the Superhero Registration Act – here known as the ‘Sokovia Accords’, named after the town that was levelled in Age Of Ultron. Guess that didn’t go unnoticed then.

captain-america-civil-war-image-14 “I know how much Bucky means to you. Stay out of this one, please. You’ll only make this worse,” warns Natasha, who finds herself opposed to Cap.

captain-america-civil-war-image-15 “Are you saying you’ll arrest me?” Cap’s nothing if not loyal, and it looks like his refusal to go after his childhood friend Bucky will be the source of the conflict here.

Cap surrounded – although we’ve seen what happens in this situation before. We pity these men.

Ross warns of consequences, and here we see what he means: Tony Stark dons the armour once again, and he doesn’t look like he’s in a great mood.
“Captain, you seem a little defensive.” That’s putting it mildly, considering the shiner he’s sporting. That’ll probably be Cap then.


Cap and Bucky suit up – the old war buddies reunited. As we’ll see later, they’ll be a permanent fixture.

“Sometimes I want to punch you in your perfect teeth.” There has always been some form of tension between the two, and it looks like it’s coming to a head here.

Inevitably, this puts him in the firing line. Judging by the fact that he’s in his civvies, we’re guessing he gets caught unawares.

“When people shoot at you they usually wind up shooting at me too.” Falcon can clearly handle himself, despite his protests to the contrary.

“You know what’s about to happen. Do you really want to punch your way out of this one?” Natasha tries to play the peacemaker…

…unsuccessfully as it turns out, with Tony and Rhodey lining up.

On the otherside, we get our first look at Hawkeye and Scarlet Witch, with this being the first confirmation of whose side Wanda is on. Which makes sense, considering her original hatred of Stark. captain-america-civil-war-image-44
Our first look at T’Challa, aka Black Panther. Siding with the Pro-Registration forces, he looks suitably menacing.

captain-america-civil-war-image-46 “We fight. Cap and co charge head-on, with Scarlet Witch displaying a new use of her powers. We’re assuming that Ant-Man is clinging on to someone’s shoulder.

It’s Bucky vs Black Panther, with the former getting booted against a wall by the king of Wakanda. Our money’s on T’Challa for this one…

…although he seems to think better of scrapping with Cap. Can’t say we blame him really.

Cap displaying his strength, somehow stopping a whole bloody helicopter from flying away. He clearly eats his greens.

Widow looking on at a huge explosion at what looks like the site of the above clash. Judging by the place names on the van, it would appear that this is taking place in Germany.
Bucky and Iron Man face off, with Bucky going for the Arc Reactor in the chest. That’s either a very smart of very dumb move.

Rhodey looks like he’s in a bad way. We doubt he’s dead, as that would be a huge spoiler. But it would be enough motivation to persuade Tony to up the ante.

“Sorry Tony, you know I wouldn’t do this if I had any other choice. But he’s my friend.” Cap’s in no mood for backing down.

“So was I.” Aww. Surely this doesn’t break their relationship beyond repair? We hope not.


Although things don’t look good here, with Bucky and Cap trading his shield to give him an up-close – to close for him to effectively fire back – pummelling, gradually wearing him down, with an unknown snowy landscape in the background. We can’t wait.

Captain America: Civil War will be released in cinemas on 29 April 2016. You can find out more about the characters and the comics that inspired them by picking up the latest edition of 100 All-Time Greatest Comics.