Directors Anthony and Joe Russo have revealed where we find many of the key players in Captain America: Civil War at the start of the film. According to the Russo's, Captain America has settled in nicely into his role as leader of the team and is busy training Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) to fully maximize her powers. Said Joe Russo, "We like to say that the amount of time that has passed in between films is the amount of time that has passed in the movies. So, it's about that amount time. We find Cap leading the Avengers. He's tutoring or mentoring Scarlet Witch in the beginning of the movie and bringing her into the fold. We find them on a mission at the start of the film. The effect that Ultron has had on everyone certainly is central to the storytelling of the movie. It's very strong. We're dealing with issues of collateral damage, imperialism, what rights do super heroes have to pursue villains across borders. It's very politically minded. Cap's dealing with all of that at the beginning."
Much like Captain America: The Winter Solider, it sounds like Civil War wil waste little time getting to the action. Perhaps the opening confrontation with Frank Grillo's Crossbones comes very earl on in the film?
At the end of Age of Ultron, the new Avengers team consists of Cap, Vision, Scarlet Witch, War Machine, Black Widow and Falcon. From the Civil War marketing material we learn that half the team decides to side with Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man in the conflict centering around the Sokovia Accords. If the same amount of time between films has passed in the movies, then the new Avengers team is together for a little over a year before they splinter.
Captain America: Civil War arrives in theaters on May 26, 2016.