Ever since the third Captain America movie was revealed to go by the name Civil War, fans have been wondering just where the split would be when one half of the Marvel Cinematic Universe decided to go for the throat of the other. This morning it seemed like some leaked concept art answered that question, and now that Jeremy Renner — the actor behind Avengers sharpshooter Hawkeye — has tweeted one of the images, it's a big shot in the arm to their credibility.
Comic Book Movie.com is calling these images an exclusive, and Renner's tweet would seem to add some weight to that, but still, take them with a grain of salt.
The image in Renner's tweet, featuring himself in a new purple costume with Ant-Man riding on his shoulder, is a crop from this image, supposedly of the heroes who ally themselves with Captain America in Civil War:
Left to right, that's Hawkeye (with a shrunk-down Ant-Man), Sharon Carter (Agent 13), Captain America, the Falcon (with his companion Redwing — a live hawk in the comics that seems to be a drone in this art) and Bucky Barnes, the Winter Soldier.
The opposing team below — those allied with Iron Man in whatever conflict is brewing between the characters — consists of War Machine, Black Widow, Iron Man, Black Panther and the Vision.
Mysteriously absent from both lineups: the Scarlet Witch and Spider-Man, both confirmed to be appearing in the film. While it's understandable that Spider-Man may have a smaller role than the folks on these "teams" (and that Marvel might have his design under tight wraps), it was established that Scarlet Witch was a member of the Avengers at the end of Age of Ultron. Also missing: Thor, but as Chris Hemsworth is not confirmed to be appearing in Civil War, that's less of a mystery.
Where Wanda Maximoff is in this art, what side she's taken, and whether Marvel's going to bring the hammer down on Renner confirming the leak, is anybody's guess.
One more leaked picture of the two teams facing off can be found at Comic Book Movie.com. Captain America: Civil War will hit theaters on May 6, 2016.