In Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War the title says it all. Due to another incident of collateral damage the Avengers team is fractured by Steve Rogers/Captain America’s (Chris Evans) desire to continue to have the Avengers remain free to defend humanity without government interference, but Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr) has surprisingly decided to support government oversight and accountability, with the other Avengers choosing sides.
The film also brings new characters into the movie franchise, including T’Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland).
The eagerly awaited third installment in the Captain America franchise brings back all the fans favorite characters, Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Colonel James Rhodes/War Machine (Don Cheadle), Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Sam Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), Vision (Paul Bettany) and Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen).
The movie, which was produced by Kevin Feige and directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, opens this Friday, May 6th 2016.
At the press day for the film Team Captain American and Team Iron Man gathered together to talk about their continuing roles in one of the most popular franchises in cinematic history.
Team Captain America
Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan and Jeremy Renner
Chris, do you feel an even bigger responsibility when the first two words of the movie title are Captain America?
Chris: There’s pressure, but I don’t think it’s anywhere near the pressure that the Russos or Marvel feel, because movies live and die based on the directors and the producers.
We’ve all seen phenomenal actors and great scripts that still didn’t come to fruition in a good way, and it really goes to show that a good movie lives and dies based on the directors.
You can have all the other pieces in place, but unless you have quality storytellers you may fall on your face. They did the job real well.
Sebastian, this movie felt like we got Bucky back. What was your process like in this film as opposed to Winter Soldier, when he’s not himself?
Sebastian: It’s just phenomenal they way our writers, Christopher (Markus) and Stephen (McFeely,) were able to write a script that gave every character a moment and arc.
Particularly they were the ones that figured the temperature of Bucky Barnes, how much of the guy was back from the first movie, how much of the Winter Soldier is there, and for me it was just taking it off the page and following them.
The fun part for me is I never know where they’re going to take it.
Jeremy, why do you feel Hawkeye joins Captain America’s side immediately?
Jeremy: He’s the one who called! I think probably retirement was quite boring, and he went to help a friend. His moral compass is not a far cry from Cap’s thinking as well, at least that’s how I see Hawkeye to be. He’s principled.
Can you talk a little about doing the airport sequence, when Team Captain America and Team Iron Man face off? What was the most challenging aspect of it, and were you satisfied when you saw the finished scene?
Chris: It was great. It was hot, it was Atlanta in August, so I think everyone was toasty. There are only a couple of shots where you have that 50/50 where everyone’s running together. For the most part you are just (shooting) pieces, so it’s a lot of waiting around.
It’s a meticulous process because it’s such a grand scheme, so on the day it’s not as cool and romantic as you would think it would be, but there’s an energy on set and an excitement that keeps you invested knowing that it’s going to be something epic.
Team Iron Man
Robert Downey Jr, Don Cheadle and Paul Bettany
Over the course of these films we’ve seen the layers of Tony Stark peeled back to reveal a really emotional center. How does that continue in Civil War?
Robert: As far at the arc of Tony over these bunch of years, I think anyone who sticks around for more than a minute and joins the party, that’s where Marvel has really done its smartest moves, making sure that there’s a real emotional impact in what’s going on.
Paul, you do a lot of wirework in this movie, what was that like?
Paul: I really enjoy wirework, I dream of flying, but you have to balance that out with being suspended by your testicles. It’s really a double edged sword!
After seeing the movie, it seems like everybody has new tricks and toys and War Machine hasn’t had that upgrade that he deserves. Does he feel any animosity towards Tony?
Don: We’ll see, it’s not over, unless it is because I haven’t seen the movie, do I live? (he laughs) I think there are potentially more tricks up War Machine’s sleeve.
Robert, does it hurt Tony Stark’s ego that the reviews say the best thing in the movie is Spider-man?
Robert.: That Holland kid couldn’t hit his ass with both hands until I started working closely with him!
First of all, I haven’t read that. I don’t know how old you are, but I’m 51 and only sociopaths are still so self-centered in the extreme that they can’t make space for other people. I think what I’ve learned slowly over time is that once you make some space for yourself, it’s all about the other people that you’re working with, and I think that Tom did a great job.
Casting one of these characters is a (big deal), lives are on the line and (Tom) really demonstrated why he was the right guy for the job.
The airport sequence was the best sequence in the movie. Can you talk about shooting that?
Don: I think from my perspective it’s really interesting because it’s not until we see the completed project that we know actually what’s gone on.
Often it’s these moments that we’re trying to focus on and the Russos’ will give us a good explanation of what’s happening, but it’s not until you see it all together that’s it’s like, ‘Wow.’ It’s really an amazing technological feat that it all works.
Paul: We all got out there in the airport, and you’re thinking, ‘How are they going to realize this epic battle visually?’
You look around and everybody’s in their costumes and they look like superheroes and movie stars, and about five minutes later in 105 degrees they look a lot less like movie stars and superheroes.
Robert: Just for the record, there’s an airport sequence in this movie? Looking forward to it!