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When Captain America: Civil War Likely Will Air Its Trailer

Marvel has made a habit of releasing the first trailers for their May releases in October the year before. However, October is nearly over and there hasn’t been any sign of the Captain America: Civil War trailer. A rumor making the rounds says that the 2016 blockbuster’s first preview will be attached to the new James Bond movie, Spectre, next weekend, but according to another report, that’s not the case. Apparently fans can actually expect their first glimpse (excluding the D23 footage) at the Star Spangled Avenger’s third movie with Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Collider heard that we can expect the Captain America: Civil War trailer to be included when the Star Wars franchise makes its grand return to the big screen in December. As evidence, the article drew attention to that mysterious Twitter account named after the Russo Brothers, a.k.a. Joe and Anthony Russo, the directors of Civil War. That account posted two close-up images cropped together, and it turns out they were artwork featuring Captain America and the first Star Wars movie, respectively, meaning that the Russos left this subtle clue. Keep in mind that this is by no means an ironclad deal, but from a marketing stance, teaming Star Wars: The Force Awakens with Captain America: Civil War makes sense. 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is poised to be not just be a gigantic release for Disney, but one of the biggest movies this year (it’s already broken records for advance ticket sales). Why wouldn’t the Mouse House want to draw some attention to the Marvel side of things while moviegoers are jumping back to a galaxy far, far away? Many fans of Star Wars also like Marvel, and they would certainly be eager to see footage of Captain America on his next adventure, not to mention all the other heroes who will appear.

We’ll have to wait and see whether the first Captain America: Civil War trailer is actually attached to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but whatever ends up happening, it’s hard to imagine Marvel not releasing the trailer before the year is up. As big as Marvel Studios has become over the last seven years, they still need to drum up interest for their projects months ahead of time. Who knows, maybe once Civil War is released, they could return the favor and air a trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Captain America: Civil War hits theaters on May 6, 2016, and if its first trailer arrives with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, you’ll definitely want to grab tickets to that movie for December 18 if you haven't already.

Adam Holmes

Connoisseur of Marvel, DC, Star Wars, John Wick, MonsterVerse and Doctor Who lore. He's aware he looks like Harry Potter and Clark Kent.