Captain America will find Bucky and go rogue in Captain America: Civil War.
From the moment that Captain America: Civil War was first announced, fans of the iconic hero have been wondering what the catalyst for the film's hero-on-hero conflict would be. After years of fighting alongside the likes of Iron Man and Black Widow, what could drive everyone's favorite stars-and-stripes do-gooder to go rogue? The answer to that question was revealed last night in the film's premier trailer.
Debuting on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the new trailer made it clear that Civil War will focus heavily on the fallout of Cap finding and rescuing his formerly brain-washed friend Bucky "Winter Soldier" Barnes. Apparently acting against the wishes of the international community which want Bucky dead after a destructive incident, Cap fights to keep him safe. This triggers a response from the government which wants to implement new restrictions on the Avengers to combat perceptions that superheroes are little better than vigilantes. Cap refuses to cooperate, a move that puts him into violent conflict with his several of his former teammates, most notably Iron Man.
I'm going to go ahead and say that I kind of feel like Bucky being the source of this huge rift is a tad on the weak side. In the original Civil War comic, the movement to register and restrict superhumans came after a bout between some minor heroes and villains destroyed a school, resulting in hundreds of deaths. Captain America's ideological stance against registration made more sense in that context. He didn't feel that heroes who have risked their lives should be punished because of a tragedy. Having him be willing to risk the lives of all of his friends just to save Bucky though? I know loyalty's kind of a big deal to him, but it still feels like a bit of a stretch in my opinion. That said, I'll withhold judgement until I see that actual movie. You can only show so much in a trailer after all, and the reasons behind everything will likely be much more fleshed out. And even if they aren't, the trailer certainly makes it look like there will be plenty more to love about Civil War. While we don't see any of the new Spider-Man, we catch our first glimpse of Black Panther and get some great looks at the action, which already looks insanely excellent.
Captain America: Civil War is currently scheduled to release on May 6th, 2016.