Marvel is at war, and the Avengers may have picked their teams.
In leaked concept art originating from MrSundayMovies, we’ve learned which teams will be fighting each other in Captain America: Civil War. Though Captain America assembled a shiny new team of Avengers at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron, it looks like they won’t even make it a full film before tearing each other apart.
This artwork isn’t confirmed as official yet. But it (mostly) confirms earlier reports and seems to support the footage that Disney showed at D23 earlier this year. Though some of this art appears to be recycled (looking at you, Black Panther) most of it appears to be new. If this is fake, it’s a damn good one.
Captain America’s team is lean, tight and very effficient. As hinted in Ant-Man, Falcon and Cap are able to track down and recruit Bucky. Hawkeye joins Cap this time, evidently finding a life of domestic bliss less fulfilling than taking on a massive government registration act. There are two new recruits: Ant-Man, who isn’t a surprise, and Sharon Carter, who definitely is. Sharon had a very small role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and though she was slated to return for this film, it’s very odd seeing such a minor character as a core member of Cap’s team. Also hanging out in the background is Redwing, Falcon’s aerial drone.
Cap’s team is seriously outgunned. This is a good group for spy missions, but it’s hard to imagine them fighting a full-scale war, especially when you look who they’re fighting.
Unlike Cap’s team, Iron Man’s group is almost nothing but heavy-hitters. War Machine joins Iron Man again, strangely making this only their third team-up after Iron Man 2 and Avengers: Age of Ultron. Black Panther is the king of a nation sitting on a deposit of Vibranium. And Vision is a sentient robot with an Infinity Stone embedded in his head.
The one person who doesn’t fit on this team is Black Widow. In Iron Man 2, she reported that Stark wasn’t fit to join The Avengers Initiative. Her relationship with him in subsequent films has been cold at best, especially given her affection for both Steve and Hawkeye in past films. But Natasha is a spy, after all, and her motivations will probably be more complex than her personal allegiances.
Two major Captain America: Civil War characters aren’t included in this lineup. Spider-Man’s absence isn’t a huge surprise; like Vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel will probably fight to hide his appearance as much as possible, only hinting at him in official marketing (while toy lines spoil his appearance whole-cloth).
More surprising is that Scarlet Witch is nowhere to be seen. Wanda Maximoff was one of the new Avengers at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron, and we know Elizabeth Olsen is in Captain America: Civil War. Perhaps her absence reveals her role in the film? In the comic book version of Civil War, a superhero team is involved in an explosion that kills 600 people. The sole surviving member, Speedball, is held accountable for the destruction. Might Wanda play that role in the film adaptation next summer? Sidelined in prison while the other Avengers duke it out?
Either way, as Captain America: Civil War gets closer, more details like this will leak into the wild. Now that we know the teams, there’s still one more big reveal: who thinks we’ll see Spider-Man’s costume before 2016?
Captain America: Civil War is set to hit theaters May 6, 2016.