Marvel’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR stunned the Disney/Marvel faithful at last summer’s D23 Expo and now the world knows why. The just-released trailer offers mostly new footage with the same hard-hitting impact to your head and your heart (in a good way.) For all the Avengers 2.5 talk, this is very clearly the third Captain America solo film, only with a more dressed up, super-powered supporting cast.

Captain America being on the run and on the outs with current forms of governmental authority harkens back to thematic issues first raised by directors Joe and Anthony Russo in 2014’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER. They continue here, only now the people chasing Cap are not his lifelong enemies at Hydra, but his best friends from The Avengers. That’s interesting enough, but what really makes this work is that there’s no villain in this debate.

There’s going to be a villain in the film, but he’s not throwing a shield or blasting repulsor rays. The heart of this movie will come from loyalty, responsibility, and trust. Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.), despite a few detours, has been on the path to accountability since IRON MAN in 2008. Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is all about accountability, but he has reasonable trust issues after the downfall of S.H.I.E.L.D. and it’s hard to blame him for not being eager to hand over his childhood friend (and former brainwashed assassin) Bucky Barnes, a.k.a. The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), to authorities that have let him down too often.

The world seems to be leaning in Tony’s direction as we see Steve being passed the Sokovia Accords, which looks like a very large piece of legislation intended to prevent a tragedy similar to the one the country it’s named after experienced in this year’s AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON. The world needs heroes, but it also needs authoritative insurance that those heroes will not become villains or do so much collateral damage without ever checking in that they might as well be villains.

It’s a hot button issue that doesn’t offer an easy answer and that’s what makes it so great. It’s a debate worth exploring while watching the movie and long after. The drama increases exponentially as we see our dear Avengers, all of whom have now bonded with one another, being torn apart and having their loyalties tested or outright demolished. It’s heartbreaking to hear Tony’s “So was I” rebuttal to Steve’s “But he’s my friend” comment about Bucky. It’s going to take me from now until the movie comes out (at least) just to process everything I felt when I heard that.

We see our heroes taking sides against one another in a massive physical manifestation of this intense intellectual debate. The stakes are high not just because of whatever other threats arise in the film, but the real danger to the relationships between these characters we love to see together. And it’s just cool as hell to watch Cap and The Winter Soldier taking on Iron Man in hand-to-hand combat.

One last note: keep an eye out for Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), a character whose costume is so cool that it’s only surpassed by his super soldier-like abilities. That one-on-one matchup between he and The Winter Soldier looks pretty epic, just as Black Panther’s inevitable clash with Captain America is sure to be.

I cannot wait to see CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR when it hits theaters on May 6, 2016.

In the meantime, here are a few really awesome posters.

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