Since its box office-shattering debut this summer, Marvel fans have been eagerly awaiting the release of the Captain America: Civil War. They have even more reason to be excited after the release of two clips from the film’s “making of” featurette, United We Stand, Divided We Fall — The Making of Captain America: Civil War. The clips offer a closer look at fan favorites Bucky Barnes, Vision, and Scarlet Witch.
Though Civil War features an ensemble cast of characters, each has their own complicated backstory in the Marvel universe. In the newly released "making of" clips, the cast and directors discuss how they translated each iconic hero from page to screen. One clip puts the spotlight on two newer characters, Vision and Scarlet Witch, who both made their Marvel debut in Avengers: Age of Ultron. The other digs deeper into the enigmatic Bucky Barnes, a fixture in the Captain America franchise.
Bucky's clip centers around an interview with actor Sebastian Stan, who speaks to his love for the role and its developing complexity in the franchise. "You never knew where he was gonna swing," Stan says, "He might become the Winter Soldier, he might become Bucky Barnes." The excerpt on Vision and Scarlet Witch shows interviews with directors Joe and Anthony Russo, as well as actors Paul Bettany (Vision) and Elizabeth Olson (Scarlet Witch). They discuss Vision's complex relationship with the human world, then go on to wink at the developing connection between Vision and Scarlet Witch. Interviews in both clips are punctuated by exciting behind-the-scenes footage.
This "making of" featurette promises to give fans even more insight into the ever-evolving Marvel Cinematic Universe. In June we learned that the featurette would "chart Captain America’s journey through every decisive moment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe," but these new clips promise a closer look at characters besides MCU veteran Steve Rogers. With so many characters and relationships upon which to elaborate, clips like these leave fans to wonder who else will get a spotlight in United We Stand — perhaps veterans like Tony Stark and Black Widow, or newcomers like Black Panther and Spider-Man.
Since the film's name references an arc in the comics that drastically affects the entirety of the Marvel superhero universe, many were skeptical as to how Captain America: Civil War would cleanly introduce such a fraught plot, especially after some of the characterizations established in Avengers: Age of Ultron. In particular, Black Widow's allegiance to Iron Man doesn't quite seem to fit with her arc in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Marvel has also been criticized for its inability to depict female characters as independent and multi-dimensional, so it's a shame that Scarlet Witch, an otherwise complex character, has been relegated to a clip about her romance with Vision.
Still, two clips does not an entire featurette make. It's possible that United We Stand will be Marvel's chance to offer fans a satisfying look at the adaptation process behind Civil War. Either way, there's still plenty to look forward to in the future, with upcoming movies like Black Panther, Captain Marvel, and the buzzworthy Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Captain America: Civil War will be released in Digital HD on September 2nd and on 3-D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD, VOD, and Digital SD September 13.