As we figured they would, Disney unleashed footage today at their annual D23 Expo from Marvel’s highly anticipated Captain America: Civil War. Disney/Marvel haven’t released this footage online yet, but there are first hand accounts and descriptions to go by that paint a very clear picture. From the sound of things, this looks to be Marvel’s biggest cinematic construct yet.
The following descriptions come directly from our friends at SlashFilm, who were live on scene. They describe the preview of footage as follows:
Footage began with Falcon targeting a van using Redwing, a drone which launches from his winged jetpack. Once he finds his target, he jumps off the building and flies after it. Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) is on hand fighting some people, too. Turns out the target they’re pursuing is Crossbones (Frank Grillo), who ends up fighting Captain America (Chris Evans) pretty fiercely.
The fight ends with Cap removing the helmet Crossbones is wearing, and the villain taunts him, “You know, he remembered you. Your pal, your buddy, your Bucky.”
Captain America, “In this job, you try to save everybody you can. Sometimes that doesn’t mean everybody.”
William Hurt, as General Thunderbolt Ross, has some words about superheroes as he speaks to Captain America, “The earth owes you an unpayable debt. While the people should look at you as a hero, there are some that prefer the word vigilante.”
Captain America finally confronts Bucky (Sebastian Stan), who confirms that he remembers Steve Rogers, especially their childhood in New York together.
Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) tosses out the line, “We are better than the bad guys.” At some point he also tells Rogers, “Sometimes I want to punch you in your pefect teeth.”
And then comes a good look at Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), complete with his retractable claws, but it’s just a quick shot. Clearly he’s not staying neutral in this fight, but who’s side is he on?
We see a shot of both teams running at each other. Black Widow and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) are going to get in a scuffle again and Widow asks Hawkeye, “We’re still friends right?” to which he responds, “Depends on how hard you hit me.”
The footage ended with Steve Rogers opening up a van to reveal Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, not in the Ant-Man suit. But Lang turns into a giddy little fan as he shakes his hand, “What an honor…I’m shaking your hand too long. Thanks for thinking of me.” He looks at Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch and says, “I know you too, you’re great.”
Other shots included Martin Freeman who seemed to maybe be tracking superheroes, perhaps part of a knew government oversight program, the film version of the Superhero Registration Act, in place to keep The Avengers in check. And there’s also a shot of Paul Bettany as Vision looking pretty dapper in a normal business suit, playing chess.
Don’t bother looking or waiting for leaked footage. It won’t happen. Unlike San Diego Comic Con, Disney doesn’t play around. They physical secure cameras and cell phones in the advance of these big panels. No word on when Disney plans to release the official footage online, or even if they will. In the past, Disney has cut together trailers/previews that incorporate teased footage at D23 and put it together in a entirely new trailer several weeks and even months after the event. So in other words, you’re just gonna have to picture the descriptions in your head until something officially releases, which likely won’t be for a while.