Whose side are you on? There’s only a few months until Captain America: Civil War hits theaters, and after a nice teaser that aired during the Super Bowl the Marvel machine is reving the engine for its biggest standalone hero movie yet. Namely, we have a fresh batch of six single-character posters to gawk at and analyze.
The posters let us glimpse each member of Team Cap, which is a pretty patriotic bunch. Our heroic Boy Scout leader (played, as always, by Chris Evans) is joined by Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), and Ant-Man (Paul Rudd).
Awesome, right? They’re really going all out with the “Divided We Fall” tagline and this ominous versus aesthetic, most likely a nice little jab at that other, way more bleak hero versus hero movie, out soon. But conspicuously absent are Marvel’s newest heroes Black Panther and Spider-Man, and Cap’s longtime ally Black Widow. What gives?
This was obvious all along. The [concept art] (https://www.inverse.com/article/9878-new-marvel-concept-art-shows-civil-war-is-basically-avengers-2-5) studios released in January and the Super Bowl trailer revealed Black Widow battling Ant-Man and Black Panther taking a swipe at The Winter Soldier. So it’s a given we’ll see both of them fighting for Team Stark — with Iron Man, War Machine, and Vision — with the inevitable release of those posters this week.
But your friendly, neighborhood Spider-Man is missing in action. It’s a fascinating move on Marvel’s part to keep the web-head a complete secret. Allegedly, he was primed to swing by during the Civil War Super Bowl commercial, but Spidey was cut last minute. Will we ever see Marvel’s homegrown version of Spider-Man in a new Civil War trailer? That’d be cool, but a badass hero moment in the movie itself would be even better. Patience is a virtue.
Ponder that while reading the synopsis:
Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps — one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.
Captain America: Civil War pits hero against hero in theaters on May 6.