In a recent interview, Captain America: Civil War directors Joe and Anthony Russo revealed that this next film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe picks up in real time following the events of Avengers: Age Of Ultron, with Cap (Chris Evans) still leading the new team and continuing Scarlet Witch’s (Elizabeth Olsen) training.
They also spoke about the themes we can expect to see run through the movie, and suggested that this latest Marvel adventure will also open with an action-packed set piece.
We like to say that the amount of time that has passed in between films is the amount of time that has passed in the movies. So, it’s about that amount time. We find Cap leading the Avengers. He’s tutoring or mentoring Scarlet Witch in the beginning of the movie and bringing her into the fold. We find them on a mission at the start of the film.
The effect that Ultron has had on everyone certainly is central to the storytelling of the movie. It’s very strong. We’re dealing with issues of collateral damage, imperialism, what rights do super heroes have to pursue villains across borders. It’s very politically minded. Cap’s dealing with all of that at the beginning.
Said mission is rumored to be an extended battle with Frank Grillo’s vengeance-fueled Crossbones, and the collateral damage sustained is apparently what leads to the Government stepping in to try to control the situation with a version of the Superhero Registration Act. Of course, we’ll have to wait and see if that’s how things play out, but we don’t have too long to go now.
Captain America: Civil War arrives in theaters on May 26, 2016.