Last week Zack Snyder served Marvel a diss while discussing Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and reiterating that the film is very serious and mythological. Shots were effectively fired, and this week they’re being returned by Sebastian Stan, who serves a diss right back at Snyder and DC while talking up Winter Soldier’s role in Captain America: Civil War.

Collider had a chance to talk to Stan while the actor was promoting The Martian at TIFF. Stan promised that we’ll get “so much more” Winter Soldier in Civil War, and also hints at his character’s moral ambiguity:


They gave me a lot more dialogue, and I thought, “Oh my god, it was so much better when I didn’t have to say things! “The look of the Winter Soldier is a very specific look. There was something very specific in how the guy looked and behaved and I felt like the more I stepped back and I just kind of let that do the work, the better it was gonna be. In a situation like that, you’re trying to guess where the guy’s at in his mind, and that certainly continues in the Civil War movie. You’re always trying to guess what side is he on or … because he can go both ways.


Stan also addressed fan concerns that Civil War is packed with too many superheroes, effectively making it seem like Avengers 2.5:


I mean, I know everybody’s treating it like there are all these Avengers in it, like it’s Avengers 2.5 or something, and there’s an element of that, but it’s still at the end of the day very much a Captain America film. It’s different from The Avengers, it’s definitely its own entity, totally connects to the last Winter Soldier film, and the Russos’ stamp is all over it.


But the most entertaining part of the interview was when Stan addressed Zack Snyder’s negative comments about the MCU. Snyder previously referred to Marvel’s films — specifically Ant-Man — as “flavor of the week” movies. Stan had the most excellent response:


Yeah, I’m sitting here and I’m listening to you and I’m thinking, “Do I want to fire some shots at DC right now, at Zack Snyder?” I read some of those comments where he said something about Batman and Superman, I can’t remember where I read that, somewhere… Something about, “It’s not going to be your flavor-of-the-week Ant-Man.” And I was like, “Oh thanks, Zack. That’s great. Way to do something original.” But I would say we’re still making something very original in our own way. I mean, the Russos are coming in and taking something people are used to and they’re shaping it up and changing it in a very different way. They’re not trying to mimic a better Christopher Nolan movie or something like that.”


To be fair, Snyder fired the shots first, and while Stan’s observation is a pretty general one that’s been voiced several times before, it’s somewhat accurate.

Captain America: Civil War hits theaters on May 6, 2016.


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