The recent release of the first trailer for "Captain America: Civil War" did more than get a lot of folks pumped about the movie. While we knew what the overall story would entail, very few guessed that it would be Bucky Barnes (a.k.a. The Winter Soldier) who would be at the epicenter of this civil war between Cap and Iron Man. Up until the trailer's release, it had been assumed that the Sokovia Accords would simply be put in place to minimize casualties for Avengers-related activities, and that perhaps the events in "Avengers: Age of Ultron" would be the catalyst for these new rules. The point of contention between Cap and Iron Man would be their opinions on whether or not they should have restrictions.
Now that seems to only be partly true, as the trailer reveals that the inciting incident of this "civil war" is the return of The Winter Soldier, and the undying loyalty Cap has for him.
Speaking with outlet Marvelite while promoting "The Martian," actor Sebastian Stan talked about the mental space that Bucky finds himself in following the events in "The Winter Soldier."
"Where we find him after 'The Winter Soldier' is--he's in a place where he's learning about himself. As you saw in the last scene of 'The Winter Soldier' at the museum, he's starting to put the pieces together. He's starting to learn about the past. Where he's been. What he's done. And, as you'll see in the next movie, it doesn't come without huge price, emotionally, mentally. It's not easy for him to learn about what he's done."
The interview moved from there to HYDRA, the villainous organization in the last two Captain America films that seem to have their tentacles in every facet of the Marvel story. The interviewer asked that considering that HYDRA is still around, following everything that happened to Bucky, what is his relationship to the oppressive organization?
"You have to remember it's the same HYDRA, in a sense, that is responsible for him belong alive. And what happened before the movie 'The Winter Soldier'--and there will be a lot of things sort of made more clear in 'Civil War' about what happened with him--kind of set up this relationship that he may always have with HYDRA one way or another. Because, in a way, they're like his second family, in a sense."
While Stan's comments can be take any which way, does this imply that HYDRA will make a return in "Captain America: Civil War?" It wouldn't be farfetched (we know Crossbones is in the flick--he's in the trailer for a split second, actually), for while the Avengers will be fighting each other, there has to be some kind of third party threat that leads to Cap and Iron Man kissing and making up. It was even mentioned in the synopsis:
“Captain America: Civil War” picks up where “Avengers: Age of Ultron” left off, as Steve Rogers leads the new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to enlist the services of the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers while they try to protect the world from a new and nefarious villain."
My money's on the idea that whoever this "nefarious new villain" is will have some connections with HYDRA, and there will be some moment in the film where Bucky has to confront his past with them and officially choose to become an Avenger. Just how difficult will this transition be? We'll have to wait and see.
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And if you've somehow missed the "Captain America: Civil War" trailer, then by all means, watch it below: