“Captain America: Civil War” carries the story of the “Civil War” comic book from 10 years ago. However, given the propriety rights of some characters as well as the introduction of new core themes, the division of the 12 superheroes in the film has been the point of discussion for many fans especially that of Black Widow’s (Scarlett Johansson) surprising allegiance.
In the film, the capable agent has pledged her loyalties to Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) instead of Steve Rogers (Chris Evans). This shocked the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) fans given that Natasha and Steve had seemingly more camaraderie than the former and Tony.
“Captain America: Civil War” executive producer Nate Moore explained the reason why they ultimately decided on Black Widow siding with Iron Man instead of Captain America.
“I think it was unexpected even for us but as we talked about it from a storytelling point of view, it really made sense because I think Black Widow is more pragmatic than we give her credit for, and sometimes she’s looking at the solutions from a different angle than Tony Stark, who’s very emotional, and even though they don’t react to the same things, in the same way, their conclusion that they came to ended up being the same,” he told ComicBook.com.
The character was first introduced in the MCU in “Iron Man 2” in 2010 as part of Nick Fury’s (Samuel Jackson) campaign to put the Avengers together. And even as early as that, Natasha and Tony did not seem to have built the rapport she and Cap had in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” More so, her allegiance also put her on the opposite side of the coin with her long time friend, Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner)
“So it really was talking each character through like that to figure out who would end up where,” Moore added.
In one of the press tours of the movie, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige admitted that it was the division of the Avengers that became the most difficult to craft in the movie. While there were already established relationships, like that of Steve and Bucky’s (Sebastian Stan) and Tony and Rhodey’s (Don Cheadle), the other remaining characters had to ultimately pick a side based on either the recruitment process or their moral values.
“Captain America: Civil War” will make its North America debut on May 6.