Battle lines drawn in first trailer for 'Captain America: Civil War'

Captain America and Iron Man throw down in the first trailer for the upcoming film from Marvel Studios.

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The first trailer for Marvel Studio's "Captain America: Civil War" premiered Tuesday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live's YouTube Channel.

Following on from "Captain America: The First Avenger" and "Captain America: The Winter Soldier", Chris Evans is again putting on the stars and stripes for Civil War, this time going toe-to-toe with Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark.

Also returning are Anthony Mackie as the Falcon, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Sebastian Stan as Cap's friend Bucky Barnes, who looks to be on the run for his sins as the Winter Soldier.

The film is loosely based on the 2006 comic Civil War by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven. In the comic series, long-time teammates Captain America and Iron Man find themselves on opposite sides of the polarising Superhero Registration Act. When faced with laws forcing superheroes to register with the US Government and disclose their secret identities, Captain America rebels, pulling together whichever allies he can to wage a (wait for it) civil war against the pro-registration Iron Man and company.

Opening on Bucky holed up in a warehouse in the middle of a tense conversation with Cap and Falcon, the trailer showcases a more personal twist on the Civil War story, with Cap going to extreme lengths to protect his old friend.

The film is dealing with a much smaller roster of heroes than the comic book series, but it's still set to have an impressive host of big-screen Marvel hero making return appearances, along with a few first-timers like Black Panther.

"Captain America: Civil War" is due out in theatres May 6, 2016. It seems like early 2016 is a good time of year for erstwhile allies in punch-ups, with the other superhero slugfest "Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice" first gracing screens on March 25. In the mean time, check out the trailer below.