Cap’s back and this time means war
The Marvel universe has cooked up a cracker
Ensemble movie Captain America Civil War is quite different to its 12 predecessors in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While it has all the big names, from Iron Man through to the great American hero in the title and more, Joe and Anthony Russo’s film has something up its sleeve - the heroes don’t join forces, they are forced against each other.
The characters end up taking sides over a UN decision to monitor the activity of superhuman beings.
Joe, one half of the directorial team, explained the reason for the moral issue to Den of Geek: “We felt we could pay off a lot of threads in a unique way. It was us assessing where all the characters were after Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers: Age Of Ultron, and thinking hey, that’s interesting.”
The factions should come as a surprise to viewers. Robert Downey Jr’s free thinking Tony Stark (Iron Man) sides with the idea of regulation after the events of last year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. And on the opposite side of the fence, super soldier Captain America, aka Steve Rogers, has been turned against power structures after making big discoveries in 2014 flick The Winter Soldier.
All clever stuff. But while the plot is one thing, bringing the characters together is quite another. Actors such as Downey Jr, Paul Rudd (Ant-Man) and Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow) have busy schedules. And it’s not just the actors. Things were super tricky for Spider-Man, as the wall crawler was already part of a Sony Pictures franchise.
Joe explains: “We had to go to Marvel and say ‘we need you to get Robert Downey Jr and Spider-Man. And then you have a conversation about how practical those things are.
“Getting each character was by force of will. Robert wasn’t contracted to do
the movie, he didn’t need to, so first we had to convince him on a creative level why he should.
“We told him we were going to take a lot of risks with the character, that we really wanted to put Tony in a precarious, vulnerable place that we haven’t seen before.” So who’s right and who’s wrong? There’s no easy answer. Anthony says: “We like complicated storytelling with movies that you can watch and rewatch, so it was very important for us to craft a narrative where both Tony and Steve were a little bit right and a little bit wrong. Our hope was that you get to the end of the film and are very torn over which side you’re on.”
SHOWDOWN: Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr face off in Captain America: Civil War. In cinemas tomorrow.