Whoa, Spider-Man Swings by the 'Captain America: Civil War' Trailer
Captain America: Civil War is the clown car of Marvel movies. Joining Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. are Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Chadwick Boseman, Emily VanCamp, Daniel Brühl, Frank Grillo, William Hurt, Martin Freeman, and -- just revealed in the above trailer -- Tom Holland as Spider-Man. There will likely be more names we don't know about. Stan Lee will definitely cameo. Gwyneth Paltrow will probably cameo. Maybe Christiane Amanpour will reprise her Iron Man 2 role of Christiane Amanpour -- anything is possible!
Captain America: Civil War picks up at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron, with Mr. America (Evans) and his newly formed team of Avengers in a political pickle. The government wants the heroes to agree to a system of accountability. Captain 'Merica says, in more elegant words, "Hell no." Tony Stark (Downey Jr.) aligns himself with The Man. Donald Trump's stance will hopefully be revealed in the final product.
And then there's Spidey. Last year, Marvel announced an unprecedented cross-studio deal with Sony Pictures to reboot the franchise and fold the web slinger into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So here he is! Spider-Man is supposedly on Team Iron Man, though his purpose -- beyond setting up his future movies -- is unclear.
The caped brouhaha kicks off Marvel's third "phase" of comic-book movies, which includes this November's Doctor Strange; 2017's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the Spider-Man reboot, and Thor: Ragnarok; 2018's Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War - Part 1, and Ant-Man and the Wasp; and 2019's Avengers: Infinity War - Part 2, Captain Marvel, and Inhumans. Got plans for the next few years? Now you do.
Captain America: Civil War hits theaters on May 6. You might be in it, for all we know.
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Matt Patches is Thrillist’s Entertainment Editor. He previously wrote for Grantland, Esquire.com, Vulture, The Hollywood Reporter, and The Guardian. He's totally Team Captain America. Find him on Twitter @misterpatches.