A mission that goes wrong leads to the Avengers becoming divided over how to deal with dangerous situations which then escalates into an open fight between Iron Man and Captain America.
Marvel Studios commenced principal photography at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, Georgia on Captain America: Civil War last May. Atlanta was the base for the film’s production, but other locations included Germany, Puerto Rico and Iceland. Anticipation has been growing for the third instalment of its Captain America franchise and it is predicted that it will post the biggest US box office opening for 2016.
Siblings Anthony and Joe Russo return for directorial duties after the box-office and critical success of Captain America: Winter Soldier. The Russo brothers explain how they approached Civil War. “The concept of Civil War is very important,” says Joe Russo. “We felt like we needed to go in a radical direction if we were going to direct another Captain America instalment. We immediately sat down and started carefully discussing the arcs of each character, which helped us figure out what we wanted the movie to be.”
“I think maybe the most important thing when we were having these preliminary discussions was that we didn’t want to fall into a structure where the Avengers move into a conflict mode with one another then sort of repair that and then go out and fight another bad guy together,” adds Anthony Russo. “It was very important to us that the structure of the film be such that the act three climax was between the actual Avengers themselves. We wanted all of the characters to be both protagonists and antagonists in the film at the same time. It was very challenging on a storytelling level to put them in a head-to-head conflict for the climax of the film, while at the same time finding a way for everybody to be a little bit right and a little bit wrong.”
The director continues, “Our goal was to tell the story in such a way that both sides have really compelling cases. Both Tony Stark and Steve Rogers individually as characters have very compelling points of view. We wanted people to be conflicted and torn, which creates a sense of tension about what’s going to happen going forward after this film.”
While the Russo brothers wanted to continue the visceral tone established in Captain America: Winter Soldier, they also wanted that dynamic to permeate throughout the entire cast of characters. “Every character in this film has a distinct voice,” says Anthony Russo. “After working together on Winter Soldier, they deeply understand the tone that we like to bring to these films. It’s more grounded; it’s based in realism. There are also political undertones that reflect real world issues in the story, which gives it an immediacy for the audience.”
Once again an impressive cast has been assembled for a Marvel Studio production, including Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Elizabeth Olsen, William Hurt, Anthony Mackie and Paul Bettany.
Executive producer Nate Moore explained the thinking about the casting. “We really started the process by taking a cue from the previous films. We looked at where these characters left films like Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Winter Soldier and even The Incredible Hulk, and vetted ideas on the best way to plug them into story we wanted to tell. That’s the reason why you don’t see Thor and Hulk. It’s not because we don’t like those characters, it’s just that their stories naturally took them to a place that meant they didn’t need to be involved in this film.”
Despite the large cast of characters ultimately needed to tell the story, Captain America: Civil War begins and ends with its lead character Steve Rogers aka Captain America. For Chris Evans, putting on the iconic red, white, blue and silver iconography of his character’s uniform for the fifth time is something he never grows tired of. “When I first signed on to play this role, I really wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into or if I would enjoy playing the same character after the first few films,” admits Chris Evans. “But through the years, I have really loved playing this character so much and I really like everything he stands for and the way he handles himself in these films.”
Evans is excited about his character’s arc in Captain America: Civil War. “What I think is nice about where they’re pushing him is that it’s the first time Steve doesn’t really know the answer,” says Evans. “It’s always pretty cut and dry for him to know which side of the coin to fall on but this one is tricky because this conflict is a little more akin to a day-to-day struggle that we all go through where there are no clear lines between what is right and what is wrong. There’s just a point of view, and I think it’s hard for him to understand what the right thing to do is and what his role is this time around.”
In Marvel we trust. They produce gargantuan entertainment while always maintaining a core of emotional resonance. Roll on the release of Captain America: Civil War !
Captain America: Civil War opens at Showcase Cinemas April 29