Hmm…what can we talk about on this glorious Monday after Super Bowl 50? Oh! How about those 30 seconds during the new Captain America: Civil War Super Bowl spot when Marvel destroyed whatever stable emotions I had left after the last Civil War trailer? Because I experienced possibly too much in less than a minute.
Marvel really does have major ownership over my comic book-loving heart. I thought the last Civil War trailer was a lot to take in but yesterday was the Super Bowl so Marvel needed to step it up. I not only had to deal with Steve and Tony continuing to butt heads, I also had to witness a horrified-looking Wanda (god knows what she was seeing), Bucky hooked up to scary as hell machinery, a possibly critically injured Rhodey laying lifeless near Tony, Natasha watching huge explosions and last but absolutely not least, Bucky struggling with Tony and shooting the genius, who can thank his lucky stars he thought to wear bulletproof sunglasses, in the face.
And that all happened in a matter of about 30 seconds.
First off, it’s still tough for me to pick a side in this war. I’ve been Team Cap for the most part because Steve usually has the right things in mind. And I’ve read the Civil War comic and agreed with Steve’s side in that as well. But then I think about Tony and how people go after him with every little mistake he’s made making him out to be the wrongest person to ever be wrong ever.
Tony does have issues with not using his genius brain and making mistakes because of that. (We all know the creation of Ultron was a catastrophe but let’s move on from that, please) I’m also not making Steve out to be perfect. He’s probably going to be blinded somewhat by his friendship with Bucky. But Bucky is a touchy subject, especially for Tony.
For me personally, I like to think of Bucky and the Winter Soldier as two different people. The Winter Soldier is the brainwashed and tortured man that H.Y.D.R.A. transformed into their own monstrous tool to aid their psychotic agenda. Bucky is the man and best friend of Steve who was last seen falling from the train in The First Avenger. The Winter Soldier killed numerous people over the years including Tony’s parents, which makes him the last person Tony would want his friend Steve fighting to protect.
Tony never knew James aka Bucky, the guy who stuck up for Steve and stood by his side through everything growing up. He sees him as H.Y.D.R.A.’s personal murderer. But for Steve, he still sees Bucky as his best friend who he thought he lost but is back and starting to possibly remember who he really is. It’s such a heartbreaking situation, honestly.
And I know this isn’t ALL about Bucky. There are other aspects that come in to the film’s plot dealing with a differing view when it comes to political interference with the Avengers. But Bucky is a major part and you can see that from how much he was shown in the Super Bowl spot.
I can see both sides, Team Iron Man’s and Team Cap’s. But in the end, I have a really strong feeling I’m going to side with Cap. And no, I’m not just choosing his side because of good looks or anything trivial like that. I believe in what Steve stands for and I do not think the government or any political figures should be interfering with what the Avengers are doing. Who would even trust any of those people after we dealt with Senator Stern and Secretary of Defense Alexander Pierce? Both of whom make me completely livid just thinking about them.
H.Y.D.R.A. is still alive and kicking so the less people the Avengers have connected to them or have control over them, the better. It may not always be perfect the ways they protect the world, but the Avengers have proved they get things done in the end so government involvement is not required.
I just really need May 6 to roll around as quickly as possible so I can sit in that IMAX theater with my 3D glasses on and see how this Civil War turns out in the end. And if Steve and Tony aren’t back to being best buddies or at the very least friends after this war is over, you may find me in a pool of my own tears on the floor of said IMAX theater.
Because Infinity War is coming (hello 2018-Part I & 2019-Part II) and I need Steve and Tony on good terms along with Bucky, Natasha, Clint, Sam, Rhodey, Wanda, Scott, Vision and T’Challa. (Some of whom I have no clue yet will actually be in the next Avengers movies) And, yes, I just listed all of those characters.
I wonder what Thor and Bruce would have to say about this Civil War?…since we have to wait until Thor: Ragnarok to see those two. Let’s not go there right now though.
I could discuss all of this Civil War drama and upcoming Marvel movies goodness for hours on end with you but I’ll stop. For now, at least.
Until next time, though, feel free to vent your thoughts and declare whose side you’re on in the comments.
Are you Team Cap:
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) February 8, 2016
Or are you Team Iron Man:
Join #TeamIronMan! We have snacks!
— Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) February 7, 2016
Check out the Captain America: Civil War Super Bowl spot, again or for the first time, below to help make that decision!