Marvel and Disney dropped a nice little bomb last night with the somewhat unexpected release of the first Captain America: Civil War trailer, which was supposed to premiere alongside Star Wars: The Force Awakens when it hits theaters later next month (although we’ll still see it there, obviously). The trailer gives us a clearer picture of the film’s basic plot mechanics, as well as a few showstopping moments (seriously, we can’t get enough of that Cap and Bucky tagteam beatdown of Iron Man at the end). Like any new Marvel movie preview, there’s a lot packed into the Civil War trailer, including a few blink-and-you’ll-miss-them Easter Eggs. While this is in no way an exhuastive list of every detail hidden away in the trailer, it’s possible that with all the Cap vs. Iron Man spectacle, you may have overlooked these small, but potentially significant details:
6. Sokovia Accords
Named after the devastating battle that concluded Avengers: Age of Ultron, the Sokovia Accord is the document Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross (who you may remember as the general from the 2008 Incredible Hulk movie) hands Steve Rogers during their sit-down. Sam and Steve actually referenced the Sokovia Accords in the Ant-Man post-credits tag and essentially, there’s a new agreement dictating how the Avengers conduct their business. The whole plot of Civil War is driven by Cap’s refusal to sign this agreement, so it’s a pretty big deal.
5. Cap’s Shield and Uniform Being Locked Up
This one isn’t too difficult to miss, but it’s still worth pointing out the significance of Captain America’s shield and uniform being taken away, likely pretty soon after Steve refuses to sign the Sokovia Accords. This scene hearkens back to a similar situation in Captain America: The Winter Solider when Hydra agents tried to take Steve captive, although things seem a lot more diplomatic (but no less significant) here. It surely won’t take Steve long to get his possessions back (by force most likely) but it will be interesting to see how this affects his relationship with other members of the Avengers staff. Speaking of which…
4. Hey! It’s Sharon Carter and Martin Freeman!
During the same scene where Steve loses his Captain America swag, you can just make out two important characters in the background: Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp), one of Cap’s main love interests in the comics, and an as-yet unknown character played by Martin Freeman. While we still have no idea who Freeman is playing (recent rumors suggest he’s some sort of government interrogator who will also pop up in the Black Panther film), Sharon’s appearance is interesting because we still don’t know how important she’ll be in this film or whether she sides with Captain America or Iron Man. Either way, expect both characters to have much more screen time in the final film than their very brief appearance here would suggest.
3. Missing Characters
While the absence of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man from the trailer is getting a lot of attention, it’s worth pointing out that there a number of important characters who aren’t present here. We’ve known for awhile that Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) will be sitting this movie out, but both The Vision (Paul Bettany) and Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) have been confirmed for Civil War and yet aren’t anywhere to be seen. This is likely more a case of Marvel not wanting to give too much away so soon, as the film doesn’t hit until May. It’s a pretty safe bet that some or even all of these characters will pop up in the next Civil War trailer.
2. War Machine’s Missing Arc Reactor
One of the more exciting action scenes in the trailer shows the Winter Solider trying to rip out Iron Man’s arc reactor from his chest. We’re guessing that Bucky Barnes fails in this endeavor,, but the interesting thing is that one of the scenes following that shows Iron Man holding a wounded War Machine in a field. It’s difficult to tell for sure, but it looks like War Machine gets his arc reactor ripped out and the obvious offender would be Bucky. Either way, this is a devastating reveal that shows that the fighting between the two teams is going to get pretty heated and even life-threatening.
Captain America: Civil War so far doesn’t have a defined central conflict outside of the war of ideals between Captain American and Iron Man, but we do know that a few traditional villains will be popping up to make things even messier for the film’s heroes. One of those villains is Crossbones (Frank Grillo), the Hydra commander who seemingly died at the end of Captain America: The Winter Solider. He’s really hard to spot, but if you pause the trailer at the right moment, you can make out this Captain America nemesis in among a group of soldiers leading some sort of attack against Steve and his crew. It’s hard to say at this point how much of a role Crossbones will have, but expect him to faceoff against either Cap or Falcon (who fought him in Winter Soldier) or even both!