‘Captain America: Civil War’ Offers New Photos, Details on Family Feud, Hulk’s Absence and More
That new, extended trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice offered a momentary distraction from the other epic superhero battle hitting theaters next year. Marvel gave us a whole lot to dissect when they dropped the first trailer for Captain America: Civil War last week, but we have some new photos and details from the cast, along with directors Joe and Anthony Russo, to help us sort this family affair out.
We already learned a bit more about Chadwick Boseman’s debut as Black Panther and where he’ll fit into the fight between Captain America and Iron Man, and Entertainment Weekly’s cover story continues to offer more intel on the upcoming super-battle. But what do Steve Rogers and Tony Stark have to say for themselves? According to Chris Evans, it’s not as simple as right and wrong:
In most of the movies, there’s no question who we should be siding with. We all agree Nazis are bad, aliens from space are bad. But this movie’s the first time where you really have two points of view. There’s really no wrong answer here and it’s just a matter of who we are as men: Tony Stark and myself. Which side of the aisle do we come down on? So it’s hard for [Cap]. It becomes a question of morality and I don’t think he’s ever been so uncertain with what right and wrong is.
As for Stark, Robert Downey Jr. is described as the primary antagonist of the dispute, and the actor seems more than okay with playing the heel this time around. According to the profile, we’ve “never seen Tony be such a dick before,” and Downey Jr. appears to be reveling in it:
It didn’t bother me at all. I’ve always thought of it in some ways that Tony is the antagonist to himself in his own story, so this isn’t a problem. This guy understands problems ‘cause he is a problem. And he tends to create problems.
The Winter Soldier directors Joe and Anthony Russo return for Civil War, and they’ve brought another familiar face. As seen in the trailer, Bucky Barnes plays a pretty big role in the film, with Cap spending a good portion of time trying to locate his old friend. Evans explains their relationship and how it informs his choices:
No one on this planet knew him then. No one is left. He doesn’t have any peace with his youth. He doesn’t have any peace from his life, so Bucky and whatever happens with Bucky in this movie… That’s a big piece in terms of him kind of finding his own purpose in what he’s fighting for and how that friendship can come back to life. Not just them as soldiers, but them as friends.
With the Avengers divided (save for Thor and Hulk, who will appear together in Thor: Ragnarok) and tearing each other apart, it’s easy to focus on picking a side, but Joe Russo explains that it’s more complicated than that:
The story is about family. And what happens if they don’t agree. We’ve been comparing it to a fight at a wedding. What happens when your cousin and your brother go at it, and whose side are you on, and where does it go from there?
How do you move forward from a moment where people who used to love each other and were on the same side, now hate each other and are trying to hurt each other? [Cap is] such a strong, grounded, morally centered, ethically centered character. You can beat at him pretty hard as a hero, to try to crack that strength — both morally and physically.
Meanwhile, another feature from EW’s Civil War issue explores who we will and won’t see in the film, but by now you already know. Tom Holland was spotted in costume as Spider-Man on the set during the filming of a big, multi-hero fight sequence, and Daniel Bruhl’s Baron Zemo is confirmed as the actual villain of the film, which should complicate things exponentially for the already-warring Avengers.
As for Hulk? While the Quinjet he used to disappear at the end of Age of Ultron has mysteriously returned to headquarters, screenwriter Christopher Markus explains that we won’t see him in Civil War because he’s basically a Trump card:
You put those guys in a fight, it’s over quickly. It’s like, ‘Well, we have the Hulk on our side.’ Oh, fine, then.
Whew. That’s a lot of new info. And we’re sure to continue learning more about the highly-anticipated film in the months to come.
Captain America: Civil War hits theaters on May 6, 2016.
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