Friday, March 11, 2016

Cap's Plea to Spidey — Civil War Fan Theory Based on Trailer 2

Warning: This contains my personal hope/theory for the new Civil War movie, specifically involving Spider-Man's involvement/interaction with Captain America. The more I look at the image that inspired this hope, the less I believe it will be true, but you know, who knows. So spoiler warning if you think I'm prescient.

Here's the image in question:

At this point in the trailer, we hear Cap say, "This doesn't have to end in a fight Tony."

When I heard this, I went, "That Tony kinda' seemed tacked on there," and if you watch, the scene changes entirely when the "Tony" is heard to an entirely different setting. So no matter what, this image is from a different scene than the image we see next. I'm fairly confident that the "Tony" is from a different line stitched together through the magics of editing.

So I doubt he's talking to Iron Man when he's standing in that kitchen. So who could he be talking to?

Looking at the kitchen, it's worn down. Hard core worn down. And the newspapers on the wall . . . are they blocking windows or just stories that want to be emphasized? It looks like it hasn't been inhabited since the 70s, but there's a refrigerator, some sort of food, clean utensils, a thermos, etc, so it is inhabited. Maybe Aunt May doesn't know how to fix things around the house and can't afford to pay people to fix things so now that Uncle Ben is dead, they've gotten pretty dilapidated?

That's what I'd like to believe. Now, after looking closer at the image than I did while watching the trailer, I kinda' think it's more plausible (given how run down it is) that this is an abandoned apartment that the Winter Soldier is shacking up in, but let's run with the idea that it's Spider-Man's kitchen and standing across from Cap during this very image when he says, "This doesn't have to end in a fight . . . " is Peter Parker and Aunt May (played by Marisa Tomei who has been cast as Aunt May for seemingly longer than Tom Holland as Spidey so isn't it at least somewhat likely she'll show up in this movie?).

If so, then I think that this is definitely taking place after Spidey shows up in his slick outfit with mechanical eyes made by Stark. Here's Cap's chance to speak with a new hero that, although is pretty worshipful of Tony Stark, has a good head on his shoulders and wants to do the right thing as much as any hero. Here's Cap's chance to win over the new guy that could lead Earth's mightiest heroes someday.

Why would Cap care? Because Cap cares. Why is this pivotal? Because Spider-Man is an unknown, that although is won over initially by Stark's general shininess (as well as his brilliance/genius which Peter Parker the genius kid scientist would definitely admire), probably doesn't have an idea of the scope of the conflict between the two titans. I wouldn't be surprised if Cap has a crisis of confidence sometime after the conflict ending with Stark's black eye, broken arm, and Rhodey's blast from the sky (death?!), and speaking with Spidey is the way he comes back to himself and also inspires Spidey to become the hero we all want him to be.

Don't ruin this Marvel/Sony. I can't go through another Amazing Spider-Man 2 / Spider-Man 3. Just don't.

Give us Peter Parker at his best, looking up to the best hero in the Marvel pantheon: Cap.

Here's an excerpt from a book I have called "Revenge of the Sinister Six" by Adam-Troy Castro. I think it illustrates rather well Spidey's thoughts on Cap and Cap's general awesomeness; it's a little long, but if you love these two characters, I think it's worth the read (also, worth mentioning, the main bad guy in both this book and "Secret of the Sinister Six" is Gustav Fiers, the shadowy gentleman at the end of Amazing Spider-Man 1 and 2 who they demoted to just a henchman of Osborn in the movies:
Jarvis and Spider-Man found Captain America training in his familiar red-white-and-blue costume, half leotard, half chain-mail, with the star on his chest and vertical red and white stripes girding his waist. His exercise equipment consisted of two dozen floating platforms, all of which remained in constant motion, bobbing up and down, sliding in random directions, or even upending; Captain America was in constant motion as well, leaping and somersaulting from one to another as cannons in all four walls targeted him in a crossfire of razor-sharp flechettes. The regimen would have been suicidal for a normal man and insanely dangerous for most experienced combat soldiers. For Spider-Man, who'd left normality behind many years ago, the routine would have been survivable but it not exactly his idea of a fun way to spend his afternoon. But Captain America was clearly in his element; as he dodged one deadly volley by leaping straight up, performing dizzying pirouettes in mid-air, and batting aside a multidirectional blizzard of gleaming knives with swats from his famously indestructible star-spangled shield, he was even—frighteningly enough—smiling.

As Spider-Man watched, the flechettes scattered over the gymnasium floor were being gathered up by a fleet of servitor robots that then carried them through sliding panels at ground level. To be fired again, he supposed. Captain America would naturally be a heavy supporter of recycling.

"Wow," said Spider-Man. "Jarvis, how long has he been at this?"

"A couple of hours at this setting. Give or take fifty years, of course."

Another good reason for the recycling; at the rate the flechettes were being fired, it wouldn't have taken very long to fill this entire gymnasium to waist-level. Spider-Man shook his head. Strictly speaking, he was many times stronger, faster, more agile, and more tireless than the living legend before him; he was, after all, superhuman, and Captain America was merely (merely!) the pinnacle of human potential, polished by decades of experience.Strictly speaking, Spider-Man could handle everything Captain America could, and probably (heresy!) a number of things Captain America could not. But even so, watching Captain America always gave him a major case of imposter syndrome. Spider-Man was just dumb luck and raw talent. Captain America was diamond-edged perfection.


Another unusual thing about Cap: his welcoming smile, as he leaped and somersaulted his way onto the second-level running track, was absolutely genuine. Spider-Man didn't always get along with his fellow super heroes; too many of them either bought into the whole public-enemy thing, or, like Sean Morgan, simply had problems with his nails-on-a-chalkboard wisecracking style. Captain America was one of a small handful of exceptions; having established to his own satisfaction that the wallcrawler fought on the side of the angels, Cap had absolutely no difficulty treating him with totally unguarded fellowship.

Just thinking on that gave Spider-Man another of those disconcerting moments of forced perspective. For just a heartbeat, he was one again the scrawny teenage kid who was always the last one picked for a team in gym class. And he thought, Hey. I am friends with Captain America. I am friends with Captain America. I am friends with Captain America. I am friends with Captain America.

So that's part of what I'm hoping to see. I want to see SPIDEY as he should be, interacting with the other characters as he should be. And I mean, change what you need to in order to make a good movie/story of course. But give us Spidey!

So what do you think? Total hogwash? Possible a kernel of truth? We'll find out May 6th! I can't wait.

Also, second trailer's out if you haven't seen it:

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