It may be hard to believe, but Marvel Phase 2 closed out over the summer with Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man. Now it's time to get really excited for Marvel Phase 3, which kicks off in May with Captain America: Civil War. Disney and Marvel have wasted no time in keeping this train chugging along. Though it seems like just yesterday that Chris Evans was climbing back behind the shield, it has been announced today that Captain America: Civil War has wrapped shooting!
Captain America: Civil War is one of the most anticipated chapters in the Marvel saga yet, and promises to bring back nearly ever superhero we've already seen on the big screen, save for maybe Chris Hemsworth's Norse god of Thunder, who will return in 2017's Thor: Ragnarok. It also has the distinction of being based on one of Marvel's most iconic comic book story lines. Not to mention it will introduce Spider-Man into the MCU. Some view the movie as Avengers 2.5 more than a mere solo outing for Steve Rogers.
Captain America: Civil War is already being shaped in the editing room, as witnessed at D23. Disney brought the first footage to show off at the Anaheim convention center, where it was met with thunderous applause from the crowd. In a strange twist of fate, the exclusive footage as not yet leaked on the Internet, which is rare in this day and age of social media. Those not in attendance were regaled with detailed accounts of the teaser, which included Chris Evans' Steve Rogers and Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark facing off, Paul Rudd's Ant-Man meeting the Avengers for the first time, and Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye preparing to fight Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow, even though they are presented as best friends in Avengers: Age of Ultron. It isn't known when the first trailer will be officially released to the world.
Marvel co-president Louis D'Esposito was the one who called 'Wrap' on the latest Captain America sequel. He goes onto compliment his two directors, brothers Joe Russo and Anthony Russo. They are best known for directing the previous installment Captain America: The Winter Soldier. They will next move onto direct the epic Avengers: Infinity War Part I and Avengers: Infinity War - Part II. Here's what Louis D'Esposito had to say.
"#CaptainAmericaCivilWar wrapped principle photography today. Congratulations to the Russo brothers and the entire cast and crew."
Captain America: Civil War is only 9 months away. Can you believe we have to wait less than a year to see The Avengers back in action? While some speculate that the first full trailer will arrive with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we'll probably see a short teaser before then. Perhaps in late September. It's a little too early for Marvel and Disney to start promoting the movie heavily right now, with Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man still awaiting their home video debuts, and most of the marketing focused on Star Wars 7. On the eve of Captain America: Civil War wrapping production, a few last set photos spilled out which show Ant-Man, Captain America, Iron Man, War Machine and Black Widow in costume, teasing one big meeting of the minds. You can see some of them in the tweets we included. So, raise of hands, who's excited? Or are you starting to feel the Marvel fatigue settle in?
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.