While its predecessor, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (2014), left major changes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – effectively eliminating SHIELD, having Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and his crew going underground, and unleashing Hydra upon the world – the upcoming “Captain America: Civil War” will have much bigger aftereffects, its directors have revealed.
While the “Civil War” arc, a fan favorite storyline in Marvel Comics, took its central dilemma from the politics of superhero regulation, the directors of the much-anticipated superhero clash film drew their characters’ intense conflicts from something deeper and more personal.
According to director Joe Russo, the motivations behind the superheroes’ hostility aren’t just ideological. As he revealed in a recent interview with Nerdist, he and co-director Anthony Russo “dug deep” to uncover motivations that are “extremely personal” and “very emotional” for the superheroes.
“It’s not for all characters because, like any fight, people take sides and some people have stronger motivations than others, and as the fight gets worse people drop out because they don’t have the stomach for it,” he explained. “We have a couple characters that go to the end and they go to the end pretty hard and pretty ugly.”
With motivations coming from a more deep-seated place than just politics, things will inevitably reach a boiling point that could have disastrous consequences for at least some of the characters. As numerous rumors have it, at least one Avenger could meet his demise in “Civil War.”
Sebastian Stan, who plays Captain America’s (Chris Evans) longtime best friend Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier in the “Captain America” stand-alone films, recently spoke to Entertainment Tonight and hinted at what’s to come. Saying that the film will be an “epic experience” for viewers, the “Civil War” actor revealed, “I’m very excited for people to hear and see what side everybody ends up on, ’cause it gets a little heartbreaking.”
“Captain America: Civil War” hits theaters May 6.