With two full teams of heroes standing in opposition against each other, “Captain America: Civil War” has one of the largest casts ever assembled for a superhero movie. With so many players on the battlefield, there are a lot of motivations as well as interpersonal history to unpack. Thankfully, a “Civil War” press kit does just that by going deep into the mindset of each character as well as the cast and crew bringing them to life.
Included in the lengthy press kit are a number of character bios; these bios reveal a number of new details, like the fact that Tony Stark recruits Spider-Man, Black Panther’s father supports superhero registration, Hawkeye now wears purple, and Vision has the ability to replicate clothing for himself. In addition to the bios, Stitch Kingdom pulled out additional press kit info from outside the bios to provide an update on some of the characters’ costumes.
TEAM CAPTAIN AMERICA
Steve Rogers/ Captain America – Steve Rogers is leading the new Avengers team on missions to safeguard humanity, but when collateral damage sparks governmental oversight, Steve, in a surprising about-face, rejects the regulation – in opposition to Tony Stark’s compliance. As the Avengers take sides, Steve is running another agenda that threatens all of them by stepping out of the bounds of the law to save and defend his best friend Bucky Barnes – the infamous Winter Soldier.
COSTUME UPDATE: There were subtle changes in Captain America’s costume – color was one and subtle changes to all the details and cut. It became a combination of the stealth suit from Winter Soldier and the Avengers: Age of Ultron suit.
Sam Wilson/Falcon – Sam Wilson’s Falcon is now a full-fledged Avenger and he is fiercely loyal to Captain America and the team. Opposing the government and Tony Stark at the same time poses no problem for the winged Avenger, who sets out to recruit Ant-Man as an added bonus for Team Cap.
COSTUME UPDATE: Falcon’s suit is more high-tech and embellished with red on the wings and modified jet pack.
Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier – Bucky Barnes aka Winter Soldier reappears, this time with more memories of the past solidifying and hopefully counterpunching his dangerous and unstoppable actions. He trusts Steve and though he has no skin in the game of Avenger vs. Avenger, he allies with Captain America against Iron Man for his own redemption.
COSTUME UPDATE: The storyline dictates Bucky is in civilian clothes for the majority of the film but in the finale he dons a costume reminiscent of The Winter Soldier but more tactical.
Scott Lang/Ant-Man – After a recent run-in with Falcon made Scott Lang’s Ant-Man a household name to the Avengers, Sam Wilson recruits the unwitting Ant-Man for Cap’s team. His ability to diminish in size can wreak havoc against the most powerful opponent, even if he is someone star-struck in Captain America’s presence.
COSTUME UPDATE: The new suit is streamlined and more high-tech. The helmet no longer has cables that snap into the back of it and antennas shoot up from the bottom and the regulator also has no dial on it.
Clint Barton/Hawkeye – Drawn out of retirement to stand beside Captain America, Hawkeye brings his superior archery skills along with some new weapons to the fight. A military man through and through, Hawkeye does not have any use for politics. He is there for Cap at any cost – against anyone, even his closest friends.
COSTUME UPDATE: A new look with a full-sleeved jacket instead of a vest, making it less comic-book in cut and more tactical and military based – much sleeker and simpler. Purple in color instead of burgundy like previous films.
Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch – With her powers of mental manipulation and telekinesis, Wanda brings a new dimension to the newly formed Avengers team. Just as Wanda begins to feel like she is no longer an outsider, she is unwillingly at the center of the controversy over government regulation of the Avengers. Following Hawkeye, the one Avenger that she knows will always have her back, Wanda joins Cap’s team.
TEAM IRON MAN
Tony Stark/Iron Man – Tony Stark is a different man – he’s made an honest assessment of the recent events with Ultron and, in a shocking conservative turnaround, is in agreement with world governments that the Avengers should be regulated. This move pits Iron Man against Captain America on a political level but their personal conflict runs deeper – and down a more dangerous path than either could have ever anticipated or imagined.
Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow – Despite her loyalty and friendship with Steve Rogers since the early days of the now-defunct S.H.I.E.L.D., Natasha disagrees with his position and in a surprise move joins Tony Stark’s team, in support of governmental oversight. Always strategic in her thinking and heroic in her actions, Black Widow is an asset that Tony needs – but one that he cannot control.
COSTUME UPDATE: Black Widow is much sleeker in this film. Her suit is not leather, but a more tactical stretch cordura rather than the usual printed stretch fabrics used, although there is some of that in strategic places for mobility. Has a more cat-suit feel to it, closer to to the comics.
Col. James ‘Rhodey’ Rhodes/War Machine – Rhodey’s friendship with Tony Stark goes way back and his loyalty to him goes hand-in-hand with his loyalty to his country as the Avenger known as War Machine – the Tony Stark-designed ultimate protector. As a military man, Rhodey agrees with Stark in favor of government regulation and brings War Machine to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Iron Man in the fight.
T’Challa/Black Panther – T’Challa’s father, T’Chaka, the King of Wakanda, joins the ranks of those who support government regulation after innocent citizens are collateral damage from an Avengers’ mission. But when events turn ugly, T’Challa must reveal himself as Black Panther and follow his own path. With his own agenda driving him, Black Panther aligns with Iron Man to achieve his own deeply personal goal.
Vision – Since his conception at the hands of Tony Stark in the battle against Ultron, Vision has been accepted as a member of the Avengers team but he is still trying to find his footing in the human world and understand the extent of his seemingly limitless power. Vision sides with Tony in the conflict as he believes, logically, it is the safest way to protect the world.
COSTUME UPDATE: Vision has the ability to create a projected disguise he can change at will that makes him appear as he wishes, showing an affinity for Howard Stark’s attache, Edwin Jarvis.
Peter Parker/Spider-Man – Recruited personally by Tony Stark, teenager Peter Parker aka Spider-Man brings his youthful energy and exceptional – though not totally mastered – skills to Iron Man’s team.
“Captain America: Civil War” opens on May 6, 2016.
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