Joining the action on Captain America: Civil War are Avengers team members Hawkeye/Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) and Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen). Hawkeye comes out of retirement to stand alongside Captain America (Chris Evans), while Wanda is torn: she’s still learning to control her powers and doesn’t want to fall under government supervision, but at the same time she’s guilt-ridden over the collateral damage those powers can cause.
We spoke with both about taking sides in Civil War, how much notice they get to do a Marvel movie (next up for both: Avengers: Infinity War), and how Olsen feels about the growth of Wanda’s relationship with Vision (Paul Bettany) — which in the comics was one of the great Marvel romances.
How much notice do you get that they want you to appear in a Marvel movie, especially one that’s not an Avengers film per se?
Jeremy Renner: I don’t know…
Elizabeth Olsen: I don’t know. Like I know the next one’s been planned for a while, so I just have that marked off…
Renner: It’s always out there. You just don’t know.
Olsen: You just don’t know for how long of that chunk of time you’ll be used.
Renner: Or what the heck you’re doing. There’s too many variables.
Olsen: There’s a lot of schedules to coordinate (laughs).
The other thing about that is, is it kind of cool that these come quickly and does that make it easier to get back into the mindset of the character, as opposed to taking five years between movies or something like that.
Renner: That certainly helps, I guess.
Olsen: Sure. I mean, I can’t wait to keep going. I mean, I’m excited for whenever it is we start — November, December, January, whenever it is we do the next one — because also when you do press, you end up having ideas even just talking about it, or you learn things just communicating with other people, and it’s all fun to keep the ball rolling, I think.
What were your thoughts on Wanda’s journey in this movie when you read the script?
Olsen: I was really excited. I felt like I had a lot to play with, and there’s a very clear beginning, middle and kind of an end, which would then lead to the next journey and I feel like there are a lot of conflicts that we’ve got to play with, with her character, which is really fun to get to have something to do.
Jeremy, were you surprised to see what side of the conflict Hawkeye ends up on?
Renner: Not really…me personally, that’s probably the side I’d personally be on, in the sense of like the moral issue of it all, but yeah, you kind of just go with what it is and make sense and make truth out of it. I’m on Team Cap. You know, come on — they’re all amazing people.
It’s hard to pick a side.
Renner: Yeah, but that’s the fun part, that it’s divided and that’s what makes this a really exciting movie I think.
They touch in this movie a little, Elizabeth, on the relationship between Wanda and Vision, which is one of the great romances of Marvel Comics. Are you interested in seeing if they take that further?
Olsen: I don’t know, that’s something that I don’t want to get into. But I enjoy having the moments in this film with Paul’s, with the Vision. I think it brings a lot of…we try to root these characters that seem super far from reality and human, and try to have them have as much of a human connection as possible. I mean, he’s not even human. So I think that’s really lovely, that we get to bring that into this film.
Captain America: Civil War will release on May 6, 2016, followed by Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016;Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017;Black Panther – February 16, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp– July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019;Inhumans– July 12, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on May 1, July 10 and November 6, 2020.