With DC and Warner Brothers’ Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice having been released almost two weeks ago, the focus is now closing in on the other superhero showdown to hit movie theaters this Spring. Captain America: Civil War is the third film to follow Steve Rogers’ (Chris Evans) story arc, and the opener to Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is (at the time of writing this) only a month away. Anticipation for the Cap v Iron Man head-to-head has only been growing stronger from the film’s Super Bowl teaser and two main trailers, to Screen Rant’s very own exclusive set interviews.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), the movie sees Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark and Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers lead separate factions of a split Avengers over the issue of a government policy to keep superheroes accountable. Stark and his soldiers will be working with the government to attempt to rein in Rogers’ rebels. Apart from the returning cast, the movie also see the introduction of Chadwick Boseman (Get on Up) as Black Panther – due to have his first solo outing in 2018. He’s joined by the Sony-Marvel partnered introduction of Spider-Man to the MCU, a younger incarnation played by Tom Holland (In the Heart of the Sea). We caught the first glimpse of the webslinger at the end of the second Civil War trailer grasping Cap’s shield – he too will get the solo treatment soon (in 2017, to be exact).
In the latest bit of news concerning Captain America: Civil War, ABC News has released an exclusive set video which can be viewed above. The network’s reporters headed down to the sweltering Atlanta set of the film to grab some soundbites from the main stars. In it we learn a number of new things concerning the upcoming movie. One of those are what director Joe Russo and Robert Downey Jr. have to say about where Iron Man is at, as a character. Russo reveals that ‘Downey is playing a much darker version of Tony Stark than he’s ever played’, whilst Downey Jr himself says ‘It’s not going to be entirely predictable, characters are going to make choices that surprise you.’ Knowing this what does this mean for Stark? How far will he go to stop Cap? Further, what does this mean for Rogers’ strong moral compass? Will he be willing to make exceptions too?
Continuing along the character lines, when asked ‘who’s good and who’s bad?’ Elizabeth Olsen who plays Scarlet Witch repliesd‘We’re all good and bad in this film…because it’s a Civil War.’ So it would seem that there’s some ambiguity concerning who’s in the right – something a little different from the usual good vs evil themes we’ve seen so far in the MCU. Then there’s Chris Evans who admits how he has to keep on the straight and narrow in his private life so as not to taint the the facade of Cap’s purity. This is a weight not entirely foreign to Hollywood actors playing such upstanding characters. Robert Powell faced something similar when playing Jesus Christ in 1977’s Jesus of Nazareth. The press found out he was living with his girlfriend and peer-pressured the actor into getting married. Whilst it’s probably nowhere near as serious for Evans, it’s still interesting that he takes his character’s image so seriously – on and off screen.
Characters and plot aside though, it’s clear that the cast have had a really fun time filming despite the southern heat. Anthony Mackie (who plays Falcon) joked about how running around in his costume in the heat is fine compared to helping his dad who worked as a roofer. We’re also treated to a clip of Evans recounting how good the food is on set, yet also how he got food poisoning from his soup the night before: ‘And it was so sad because it was such good chicken noodle soup!’ With just a month to go, the MCU Phase 3 opener couldn’t come any sooner.
Captain America: Civil War opens in U.S. theaters 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.
Source: ABC News