“This is the Godfather of superhero movies!” declared Robert Downey Jr., in reference to ‘Captain America: Civil War’, one of the year’s most anticipated movies, which features The Avengers reassembling… and then disassembling after an undisclosed catastrophe. The heroes choose sides, rallying behind either Downey Jr.’s Iron Man/Tony Stark or Chris Evans‘ headliner Captain America/Steve Rogers.
So what does Downey Jr.’s exclamation mean, exactly?
Co-director Joe Russo clarified that it has more to do with tone and influences.
“[It’s] a sprawling film with a lot of characters that tells very intricate stories… if ‘The Winter Soldier’ was a political thriller, ‘Civil War’ is more like a psychological thriller. The movies we’ve been referencing a lot on this one are… ‘Se7en’, ‘Fargo’… we’re not making comparisons in terms of quality we’re just talking influences.
“[It’s] bigger than anything [Marvel Studios] has done yet. You can see how many people we’ve got out here, once you start trying to trigger arcs for everybody it becomes a very big, sprawling, epic film. This is much, much bigger than ‘Winter Soldier’.”
True, the film is packed with every hero that has ever been featured in a Marvel Studios movie, other than the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, Thor and The Hulk.
But this is still Captain America’s movie and he will serve as the linchpin of the film.
Cap himself, Evans discussed his part in the clash, referencing the conflicts he has experienced in previous films, especially ‘The Winter Soldier’.
“Ultimately he knows he has a good heart. But this one, there’s no clear bad guy, and I think that’s far more parallel to the struggles we go through in our current political state. There’s logic to both sides, and where do you bend? Where’s the compromise? What’s the goal? I think Cap’s struggling because every time he has fallen in line, and has been a soldier, and has taken orders and leaned on the structure of society, it’s kinda turned on him. I think he ultimately feels the safest hands are his own, because at least he can trust them. But again, that’s not gonna work for the masses. So it’s the first time he really doesn’t know what the right answer is.”
Fan may have already decided if they’re #teamcaptainamerica or #teamironman, possibly based on the original ‘Civil War’ comic book, which, let’s face it, was a little one-sided. But all reports indicate that the movie will actually leave viewers a little more undecided if not conflicted.
‘Captain America: Civil War’ directed by Joe and Anthony Russo starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Emily VanCamp, Frank Grillo, Daniel Brühl, Scarlett Johansson, Chadwick Boseman, Elizabeth Olsen, Martin Freeman, Paul Bettany, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Gwyneth Paltrow and William Hurt opens in theaters on May 6, 2016.
Source: Comic Book Movie