This weekend the highly anticipated and newest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, is hitting theatres everywhere and has everyone choosing sides. There is a division between the Avengers, Captain America is going head to head with Iron Man, and neither is fighting alone. We have been shown countless times how well these characters work together, but what happens when they face each other? Marvel recently invited us to hear from the sources themselves, here is what we learned from the cast and filmmakers of CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR.
- Chris Evans was excited to add more color to his character. We have seen many sides of Captain America but in this film we see a big change and Evans was excited to take it on.
- Sebastian Stan told us it’s always fun to see where the writers will take his character and how they seamlessly are able to give each character their own arch in the story.
- The toughest sequence for the Russo’s was the airport sequence, balancing servicing the story, the action, and the characters was exciting. They went well into the post process to constantly re-shape it.
- Robert Downey Jr. told us that making sure that these characters have a real emotional impact is vital to the success of the MCU and something Marvel has continuously done well.
- Ant-man joins the team and Paul Rudd joked about having a fan-boy moment when he arrived on set seeing everyone in costume.
- Bringing Spider-man into this film was no small feat, but was extremely important to the filmmakers and Kevin Feige who was ecstatic when he called Robert Downey Jr. to tell him that there was a chance of it happening. RDJ was not only excited about the newest addition to the team, he was committed to helping them make the best choice for the MCU and read with the final five actors up for the part. When it was down to two, Chris Evans came in and did stunt tests with the actors.
- Elizabeth Olsen told us her characters most interesting trait is that her biggest weakness is herself, and because she is the one who always gets in her way it makes her in a way limitless
- The jokes between them all were countless. Paul Bettany joked about working on wires for days in the heat, Don Cheadle about War Machine getting upgrades and Anthony Mackie calling Team Iron Man the old guys.
- When Captain America is going up against Iron Man he’s going to enlist the help of some friends. Bringing in Black Panther, Ant-man, & Spider-man wasn’t just to up the superhero-anti, it was an important part of telling the story by bringing in characters that didn’t have the same emotional baggage as the team of Avengers who have fought beside each other in the past.
- Casting Black Panther was easy, Chadwick Boseman was the only choice, from his performance in 42 and GET ON UP, he had Feige blown away.
- Having action without story doesn’t work for the Russo brothers, so everything that happens in CA:CW is for a reason. With so many interesting relationships between these characters it gave the filmmakers a lot to work with.
- Anthony Russo credits the writers for understanding that quantity does not equal quality when it comes to the balancing act of characters and that servicing the story is much more important than serving the character.
While they may have us choosing sides, one thing is certain this is truly a family, one that we as fans feel like we are a part of. Some of us grew up reading comic books, some of us became fans after falling in love with these characters on-screen. How we became fans isn’t important, what is important is that from these films we feel like we have become part of this amazing family of superheroes. Seeing all these tremendously gifted actors together talking about this film proved that they are not just family on-screen but off. The love for the films, the characters and each other poured out of each one of them and is no doubt the reason we too feel that love. Kevin Feige said it best:
“I’ve said it before, and I will say it again…and as more cast members keep joining, there has never been an ensemble like this in cinematic history”
Whether you are Team Cap or Team Iron Man, head to a theatre near you this weekend and check out CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR and let us know if you switched sides after seeing the film like I did!