The stars explore real-world parallels in the upcoming 'Captain America: Civil War,' in theaters May 6!
The stars of Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” speak about changes within the Avengers, political agendas, and much more in an all-new interview! Learn the agendas of Team Cap in the interview below and see “Captain America: Civil War” in theaters May 6.
Despite the incredible cast of characters that surrounds him in “Captain America: Civil War,” the famous patriotic hero’s still the “anchor” of the upcoming film, insists the actor who portrays him, Chris Evans.
“He’s still on the search for Bucky,” he explains of where Cap’s at when we see him next. “There’s no clear bad guy [in the film], 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?
Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) in Marvel’s ‘Captain America: Civil War,’ in theaters May 6!
“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. And I think he ultimately feels the safest hands are his own, because at least he can trust them. That’s not gonna work for the masses. So it’s the first time he really doesn’t know what the right answer is.”
Captain America’s arguably most useful when there’s a conflict of some sort, but Evans muses over whether or not the man enjoys being in the middle of it.
“I think he handles it well because he is so selfless,” he says. “I think this is the one time there’s a conflict where his compass doesn’t know which way to point. I think this is one of the first times he doesn’t know. And I think when you’re kind of aimless, I think that’s terrifying. Whether rooted in conflict or not, he just doesn’t know what the right move is.”
The film’s conflict seems to stem, at least in part, from the Winter Soldier, Cap’s former World War II sidekick Bucky, and the relationship between the two men.
“This is a huge piece of his history,” Evans notes. “It’s a huge piece of his struggle, not just to have someone that he can connect to on a friendship level, but just the guilt that he must have. ‘I let you go. I’m sorry.’ Just the survivor’s guilt element. So there’s plenty to play with. [We] certainly do explore it.”
“Where we find [Bucky] is really where he’s at at the end of ‘Captain America: Winter Soldier’,” explains actor Sebastian Stan. “It’s very much a big struggle, figuring out what his life has been about and what he’s really been up to. That’s what I think the similarity between [him and Cap] is. They’re men out of time, struggling to embrace this new life, and how they do it.
“I’m just trying to tie in to what we know in the comic books. I think it’s going to be a mix of different things. He’s not gonna go back and be the guy he used to be. There’s just no way that would happen. He’s probably affected for life. It’s sort of learning about how you live with who you are now. Learning how to tame that wild beast that is a part of you at this point.”
With Captain America dealing with fallout over his friend in public, he also must take into consideration the outlook of a new team of Avengers he’s training. Luckily for him, the other heroes sympathize with his current plight.
“Cap’s done nothing but give himself to this group, so I think they understand the value of what it means to me to find [Bucky], says Evans. “And especially after Hawkeye’s been brainwashed and Black Widow’s been misled, we’ve all had our share of being taken advantage of, so I don’t think they hold him completely responsible for some of his actions.”
The aforementioned Hawkeye returns, in the form of Jeremy Renner, of course, but the Avengers’ ranks grow in the new film with the addition of, among others, Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch and Anthony Mackie’s Falcon.
Elizabeth Olsen stars as Scarlet Witch in Marvel’s ‘Captain America: Civil War,’ in theaters May 6!
“We left Scarlet Witch without a home, without a family, and she ends up creating a surrogate family within the Avengers and making a decision to be a part of the team,” notes Olsen. “I think a lot of that has to do with what Jeremy’s character’s attitude towards her and the speech he gives her at the end of the film. So we pick up with her having started a new life, but still trying to figure out what her abilities are and if using them causes greater good or greater damage.”
In Hawkeye’s case, it’s not finding a new life, but perhaps hanging on to the one he knows and loves.
“I think that’ll always be there for Barton, right?” Renner ponders. “You have real life, and then you have fight life. And that’s the character that I love now – discovering that in him makes him a very sort of accessible Avenger. That’ll always be there, I’m sure. And it certainly plays in this one.”
Olsen refers to the plot of “Captain America: Civil War” as basically “trying to get from Point A to Point B without getting in someone’s way,” but hints at much greater and lasting looks into the interactions between her character and the large group of heroes in the film.
“I think her relationships with people become really clear, and I think they all make tons of sense,” she says.
She also notes a “unified” look in the Avengers’ costumes, and Renner teases some upgrades overall to Hawkeye’s togs and gear.
“Yeah, there’s always something different,” he explains.
Anthony Mackie says that the film is “very specific about the Falcon’s storyline and how he feels about Steve and the rest of the Avengers.”
“The idea of him becoming an Avenger is pretty cool,” he enthuses. “He’s pretty excited about it. We definitely get an element of that in the film.
Sam Wilson, Steve Rogers and T’Challa in Marvel’s ‘Captain America: Civil War,’ in theaters May 6!
“With being an Avenger, there’s not really a hierarchy. Everybody gets to make decisions, everybody’s put in a position to save the day, as opposed to standing there while one person flies in and saves the day and you’re like, ‘Good job!’ The Avengers is really a team effort.”
There are also the more specific relationships Falcon continues to nurture with both his friend Captain America, and with associate Tony Stark.
“There’s definitely a confidence and respect between [Sam and Steve], he says. “You get to see more of that. I think our relationship is more mano a mano as opposed to mano and friend. It’s not so much that it’s challenged, just made stronger.
“And Tony Stark. I don’t know why everybody thinks Tony’s cool, and Tony thinks he’s really cool, but Falcon just thinks he’s a nerd. And not like a cool, millennium nerd.”
Overall, “Captain America: Civil War” promises not only all the hallmarks of the Marvel Studios productions, but also concepts and scenes that the audience can relate to. Chris Evans credits his directors, the Russo Brothers, with that.
Stars Sebastian Stan & Chris Evans with the directors on the set of Marvel’s ‘Captain America: Civil War,’ in theaters May 6!
“Instead of making super hero movies with grounded elements, they make grounded movies with super hero elements,” he notes. “The Russos keep everything in a very real environment.”
That very real environment, though, is about to become littered with casualties of the Civil War.
“It’s very sort of boots on the ground kinda thing,” Jeremy Renner explains. “It’s much more… I guess ‘gritty’ is the word. But it has a different tone [from other Marvel movies]. We’re not flying around in different universes – it’s a bit earthier.”
“I think it’s no secret that what happens is there’s a world around [the heroes] that expects a little bit more responsibility for their actions,” Evans says. “The Avengers have been operating independent of any government restriction, so there’s plenty of people that that makes nervous. I don’t think I’m giving anything away by saying what happens is certain governments expect a bit of a change.”
“That’s why it’s kinda cool, since it parallels a lot of the things we’re dealing with now,” Sebastian Stan adds. “Thinking about all the recent stuff about the government being able to look into your phone, to see what you’re texting or who you’re calling.”
“Don’t look into my phone,” Evans insists. “Career over.”
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