Cap’s back and this time means war

The Marvel uni­verse has cooked up a cracker

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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.

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