Early this week, we saw new promo art that revealed the Captain America: Civil War teams, giving us an idea of who sides with Steve Rogers and who sides with Tony Stark. We get to see those teams taking shape in a group of GIFS and images leaked from the epic D23 trailer that premiered in Anaheim 2 weekends ago. The images aren't the greatest quality. But they offer everyone who wasn't in attendance an idea of what they missed.
In Captain America: Civil War, the superheroes of the world are turn apart by the Sokovia Accords. This so-called Superhero Registration Act demands that all humans (and some non-humans) with super powers identify themselves and be held responsible for their actions. Steve Rogers is against this act, and with him goes Hawkeye, Ant-Man, Agent Sharon Carter, The Winter Soldier and The Falcon. Siding with Tony Stark are War Machine, Black Widow, Vision and, perhaps most surprisingly, Black Panther. Spider-Man is said to be siding with Iron Man, though that hasn't been confirmed. And Scarlet Witch seems to be staying with her Avengers Boss Captain America.
These leaked images from the movie give us our first look at Chadwick Boseman in action as T'Challa, aka Black Panther. The D23 trailer begins with Captain America, The Falcon and Black Widow teaming up to take down the villainous Crossbones (Frank Grillo) in a crowded marketplace. The scene reveals Falcon has a drone version of his comic book sidekick Red Wing. Finding Crossbones, Cap launches an attack, knocking his mask off. Crossbones is clearly angry about the previous damage done to his face. Leaked photos from the set showed these gruesome scars, but we don't get to see them here.
In the trailer, fans got to hear William Hurt's General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross as he narrates scenes between Iron Man and War Machine fighting side-by-side. We get to see a moment from that scene here. To add a little more insight, this is some of the dialogue that runs over this trailer.
"The world owes you an unpayable debt. A lot of great many people see you as a hero. There are some who prefer the word vigilante. People are afraid."
The footage goes on to show Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) arguing superhero ethics with Captain America, saying, "Sometimes I want to punch you in your perfect teeth." Cap explains that he tries to save as many people as he can, but "Sometimes that doesn't mean everybody." The trailer showed us more of the Winter Soldier stuck in that same room from the post-credit scene of Ant-Man. Stark says "Without boundaries, we're no better than the bad guys." Another shot shows Black Widow fighting her longtime friend Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). Black Widow asks if they're still friends, and Hawkeye responds, "Depends on how hard you hit me." We don't get to see any of those moments in these images.
But we do get to see Paul Rudd's return as Ant-Man. This first look footage closes with Scott Lang meeting Captain America for the first time, along with Scarlet Witch. Lang is so excited and overjoyed he mixes up his own words, stating "Thinks for thanking of me" instead of "Thanks for thinking of me." These final shots also featured a containment area of some kind, which is appropriately labeled D23. We're not sure what's in this containment area, and we don't get to see it here.
Captain America: Civil War picks up where Avengers: Age of Ultron left off, as Steve Rogers leads the new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to enlist the services of the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers while they try to protect the world from a new and nefarious villain. Will this leaked footage come online? Why is someone taunting us with gifs? Hopefully these questions will be answered soon. But not too soon. We all need a Marvel fluffer girl, and this is working just fine.