SPIDER-MAN!!!! That was my pure fan reaction to this trailer. The relative misfire of The Amazing Spider-Man franchise left a terrible taste in my mouth, which makes me all the more excited to finally see Tom Holland's Peter Parker join the ranks of Earth's Mightiest Heroes. This is a rather brief first look and the jokiness felt a little out of place, but the classic costume design is pretty terrific (besides the eyes- those are still kinda bizarre). All I know is that I can't wait to see more. On top of that, this is a phenomenal trailer, combining crackerjack setpieces and raw emotion. One of the problems that I've consistently had with the MCU is that it lacks stakes. Characters die, and within a few days, they're magically resurrected. Well, I think that Civil War could permanently do away with this issue. People will die in this movie. Things are going to change. I have a feeling that this will be darker than anything we've ever seen from Marvel before. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo brought real-life stakes to The Winter Soldier back in 2014, and it looks like they've done it again here. The fights look vicious, the big action bits look epic and the character drama is as intense as it's ever been. As much as I'm excited to see what DC has to offer this year, there's no doubt in my mind that Civil War is the cinematic event of the summer. Early word is great and the setup is there for the best Marvel film yet. Let's hope it lives up to the hype.
Captain America: Civil War stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johannson, Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Paul Bettany, Gwenyth Paltrow, Frank Grillo, Don Cheadle, William Hurt, Martin Freeman, Tom Holland and Daniel Bruhl, and will hit theaters on May 6.