Captain America : Civil War Concept Art Reveals the Opposing Teams

Those of us who were unsure who would be on which side in Marvel Studios’ upcoming superhero smack-down will have been enlightened today after Hawkeye himself, Jeremy Renner tweeted this concept art earlier today…

Pretty sumptuous I’m sure you’ll all agree and it’s open to lively debate why the MCU characters are placing their allegiance with either Iron Man or Cap.

Renner also dropped this equally beautiful diptych showing the two opposing line ups;

So in the red corner we have War Machine, Black Widow, Black Panther and The Vision siding with Tony.

Rhodey was always going to be a no-brainer and it stands to reason that The Vision would side with his creator.

T’Challa would naturally gravitate towards his fellow scientific mind, but it’s interesting to see Natasha here.

Her relationship with Stark has always been tumultuous, ever since she was introduced to the MCU in Iron Man 2.  Her presence (and flirtatious banter with the big guy) in Captain America: The Winter Soldier led many of us to believe she’d side with Cap…

But if you know the character at all, you’ll know that Ms Romanoff’s allegiances are always shrouded in secrecy.

In the blue corner we see Clint Barton clearly opposing his best friend and long-time colleague.  One might wonder what could have happened to make these two, who have stuck together through countless battles, whose presence is so indelibly etched into each others’ lives take such a hard-line stance against one another to the point of actually coming to blows.

It’s worrying to be sure but the dramatist in me is gleeful at the performance opportunities the story will afford these fine actors.

Cap is also joined by Agent 13 (who may or may not be Sharon Carter but considering actress EMily VanCamp’s near perfect resemblance to the character as drawn by Steve Epting I’d suspect that we’ll be getting the link to Great-Aunt Peggy explicitly mentioned).

No surprise to see Sam Wilson’s Falcon here, although I’m completely in love with his costume and I’m delighted that he gets a robotic version of his trusty pet side-kick, Redwing.

Rounding out the team is the (presumably reformed) Winter Soldier himself, Bucky Barnes.  As much as I loved Cap2 the character of Bucky and his brainwashed Russian assassin days felt ever so slightly rushed to me.  I hope that whatever brings Bucky back to the side of right and sanity has the satisfying pay-off that the Russo Brothers owe us from their last outing.

Don’t forget to sound off on your own thoughts on this gorgeous and intriguing concept art.


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