From the early days during pre-production right up to the unveiling of the second – and no doubt greatest – trailer, Captain America: Civil War has been described as many a thing by those involved in Marvel’s titanic superhero dust up.
First up, we had Anthony Mackie pitch Civil War as a suspense thriller, before the early reviews likened Joe and Anthony Russo’s feature to an “emotional horror movie.” That’s quite the description, and in the latest round of interviews, the Russo brothers spoke to Empire for Marvel’s upcoming threequel, where they compared the film to a love story.
And no, they’re not referring to the fragile relationship of Tony Stark and Steve Rogers, but rather that between Bucky Barnes and Chris Evans’ star-spangled hero. As two men out of time, to say that the childhood friends have been through the wringer would be a colossal understatement, and here Joe Russo outlines how that innate connection anchors Civil War.
“What’s fascinating about the Cap-Bucky story as well is it’s a love story. These are two guys who grew up together, and so they have that same emotional connection to each other as brothers would, and even more so because Bucky was all Steve had growing up.”
Speaking about Captain America in particular, the director later marinated on the concept that Cap, for all the talk surrounding his moral standing, can be viewed as the roguish bad guy.
“Is he good or is he bad? Steve has to answer that question for himself, and there are other characters in the movie who hold the opposite point of view. It becomes a very explosive. It incites a lot of conflict.”
Captain America: Civil War will divide Marvel’s roster of costumed heroes like never before when Joe and Anthony Russo’s action sequel lands on May 6.