Captain America: Civil War is out today and the time has finally come for you to decide if you’re team Iron Man or team Captain America. But wait! Quite a lot of movies lead up to this epic battle of Captain America versus Iron Man, so what if you just can’t remember what has happened up to this point? Or what if you haven't even seen any of the other films? Never fear – we’ve got you covered with an easy rundown of everything you need to know going into the biggest superhero-versus-superhero event of the summer.
Whether you are being dragged to the cinema by a member of your family or simply just need a refresher before hitting the cinema, here are the five things you need to know before you put on those 3D glasses:
1. TONY STARK (IRON MAN) HAS A FEAR OF UNCONTROLLED POWER
Tony Stark, a.k.a Iron Man, has had it tough in the last few Marvel films. From having to save Manhattan from an alien invasion (which was only made possible by the energy emitted from his business headquarters, Stark Tower, in 2012 film The Avengers), to accidently creating a destruction-obsessed killing machine that nearly destroys humanity in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), he knows first hand the results of power gone unchecked. He’s now worried that the Avengers are going to become the very thing they’re trying to protect humanity from, and you can easily see why when he's singlehandedly caused a lot of scary and dangerous situations.
2. STEVE ROGERS (CAPTAIN AMERICA) REALLY DISTRUSTS AUTHORITY
Steve Rogers, a.k.a Captain America, used to be a big advokate of authority. A military man back in WWII and a black ops operative under SHIELD (a secret government organisation) in the earlier days of the Avengers, he's used to taking orders. However, in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Steve experienced first hand what misguided trust can do when it transpired that SHIELD had long been infiltrated by the remnants of a secret Nazi organisation called HYDRA (a group of villians that he already faced in the original Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)). This lead to Steve dismantling SHIELD and naturally left him with some serious trust issues regarding authority.
3. BUCKY BARNES IS STEVER ROGERS BEST FRIEND AND A HUGE THREAT TO SOCIETY
Bucky Rogers was best friends with Steve Roger (Captain America), until he supposedly died during WWII. But, HYDRA actually revived Bucky and brainwashed him into becoming an assassin for them. Hidden away for years, it’s only in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) that Steve and Bucky eventually cross paths again – only this time, Steve has to deal with the reality that he might have to fight his best friend to the death. While Bucky's not completely free from his brainwashing in Captain America: Civil War, he is still Steve’s best childhood friend, which means that he’ll be both dangerous and important in the new film.
4. WHO ALL THE NEW AVENGERS ARE
At the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) other members of the gang, Thor and Hulk, leave the group while Captain America and Black Widow prepare to train a whole new set of recruits, who are being primed to take over the mantel in future films. These new recruits will feature heavily in the new film, so it's important to at least vaguely know who they are. They include Rhodes (Tony Stark's friend who also wears a custom made iron man suit), the Vision (originally Tony Stark's Artificial Intelligence computer system who has now been given human form), Sam Wilson (a.k.a the Falcon – Steve's friend who can fly), and Wanda Maximoff (a witch who uses telekinesis and mind control).
Of course, that’s not all the new faces you’ll see. Other's include Ant-Man from the recent film of the same name (2015, trailer below) and two brand new characters who have been confirmed to make an appearance (Spiderman and Black Panther to be precise).
5. THERE'S BEEN A MASSIVE BACKLASH AGAINST THE AVENGERS
Finally, you really need to know that humans have been rapidly going off the Avengers due to all the destruction, death and injury that have occurred in their presence. From the attack on New York in the first Avengers film, to the more recent obliteration of Slovakia in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), the UN (United Nations) has decided that the Avengers need controlling and monitoring, thus dividing the group and creating the first whispers of a 'Civil War'.
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And now that you are fully up to speed, don't forget to watch the trailer for Captain America: Civil War...