Captain America: Civil War will do away with Marvel villains Loki and Thanos to pit the superheroes against each other.
The new trailer for the sequel shows Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) at loggerheads after the UN imposes registration rules for all superheroes after a colossal mishap causes civilian casualties.
Captain America opposes the act, siding with personal liberty and freedom. Joining his side is Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and old pal Bucky (Sebastian Stan).
On the flipside, Iron Man wants all heroes accountable. Sharing his view is Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), The Vision (Paul Bettany), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and War Machine (Don Cheadle).
Add Tom Holland’s new Spider-Man into the mix and you’ve got the biggest Marvel blockbuster yet.
The last instalment in the Captain America series, The Winter Soldier, drew plenty of critical praise for its gritty and politically savvy take on the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Directors Joe and Anthony Russo are taking a similar approach this time around, citing The Godfather and a host of classic movies as influences.
“The movie we’ve been referencing a lot on this one are Se7en, weirdly,” Joe Russo told IGN. “We like smashing genres into each other, so if you can find something that’s really idiosyncratic in respect to superhero genre and you can smoosh it into it you usually wind up with something fresh and different.
“Se7en, Fargo… Just as far as we’re not making comparisons in terms of quality, we’re just talking influences. The Godfather, because that’s a sprawling film with a lot of characters that tells very intricate stories.”
The one director who’s the biggest inspiration for the Russos on Civil War? Brian De Palma, the master of tension behind classics like Scarface, The Untouchables and Mission: Impossible.
Captain America: Civil War will open in cinemas on April 29.