As expected, the new trailer for “Captain America: Civil War” features an appearance by Spider-Man, a remarkable blending of two Marvel franchises owned by two competing studios.
The friendly neighborhood web-slinger, played by 19-year-old British actor Tom Holland, shows up at the action-packed trailer’s end with just two friendly words: “Hey, everyone!”
Or maybe not so friendly. Much of the trailer is devoted to inter-Avenger warfare, as the film’s title suggests. Though plot details remain sketchy, it appears that go-it-alone Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and law-abiding Captain (Chris Evans) have somehow switched philosophies in the wake of catastrophic attacks on the world’s major cities. Much of the trailer is devoted to those two bickering superheroes, who eventually come to blows. It’s Spidey who intervenes, swiping the Captain’s shield with a skein of his high-tack adhesive.
Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye are also in the mix, of course, and there’s a hint — or maybe it’s a feint — that Anthony Mackie’s Falcon won’t survive to the closing credits.
Behind the scenes, in the offices of Sony and Disney, things are a little more peaceable.
In 2015, the studios announced a partnership — reportedly cost-free on both sides — that would allow Sony’s Marvel property, Spider-Man, to join forces with Disney’s Marvel property, the Avengers, even though Sony would still produce its own Spidey movies. (The first with Holland is scheduled for next year.) This arrangement seems like the proverbial win-win: Sony gets a new platform for its beleaguered franchise, while Disney gets to include one of Marvel’s most beloved characters into its own movies.
“Captain America: Civil War” arrives in theaters May 6.