In Captain America: Civil War, opening on May 6, the lines are being drawn between two of your favorite Avengers, as Captain America (Chris Evans) squares off against Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.) But this is the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a sprawling, interconnected web of super-powered adventurers, we’re talking about, so more characters are obviously going to get into the fight and pick a side. Which raises the question: which heroes are going to side with Captain America and which are going to find sympathy with Iron Man?
Well, thanks to some brand new character posters, we now know who is definitively #TeamCap. Thanks to these beautiful, steely designs, we know that Cap’s buddy Falcon (Anthony Mackie), sharpshooter Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), new recruit Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), and Cap’s former brother-in-arms Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) will be backing him up. Some of these choices aren’t that surprising; Falcon was always going to have Cap’s back, and at the end of the last Captain America installment, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it looked like Cap and Bucky had made amends. But it’s interesting that Scarlet Witch joined the cause, although it makes sense given her deep-seeded animosity towards Tony Stark (remember her tragic backstory from Avengers: Age of Ultron). Also of note: the fact that the Falcon followed through with his attempts to recruit Ant-Man, something teased in the hilarious final moments of Ant-Man last summer.
And as fascinating as the #TeamCap line-up is, who is being left off is even more exciting, given that Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), who has arguably been Captain America’s closest ally and friend since his unthawing, is actually on Tony’s team. Also, keep in mind that there are a number of either newish or brand new heroes whose loyalty has yet to be revealed, including Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Vision (Pau Bettany) and, of course, Spider-Man (Tom Holland).
Just thinking about Captain America: Civil War, based in part on the terrific 2006 miniseries by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven, has us giddy with anticipation. May 6 is feeling very far away right now.