‘Captain America: Civil War’ Will “Alter the Psychology of the Marvel Cinematic Universe”

     March 10, 2016


Now that you’ve seen the new Captain America: Civil War trailer, and had an opportunity to trawl for clues through the screenshots, you’ve probably got a lot of questions. Fortunately the cast and crew signed on for a post-trailer debut Q&A session with Tumblr and Buzzfeed, and while there were a lot of truly goofy questions and answers (Anthony Russo‘s favorite Disney princess is Elsa, while Joe Russo is more of a Jasmine guy), there were also some tidbits about how their handling the character conflict in Civil War, and a couple teases for the future of the MCU as well. And given that the Russos are set to helm the Avengers: Infinity War films, they’ve got a pretty big hand in shaping that future.

Perhaps most telling to the future of Marvel’s superhero universe, Joe said that “There will be a long lasting fallout from the events” of Civil War, which will “significantly alter the psychology of the Marvel Cinematic Universe,” and also teased that if Winter Soldier was a political thriller and Civil War is a psychological thriller, Infinity War will be “something else entirely”. It certainly will be interesting to see how that psychological shift manifests itself after former friends become foes, especially considering fractious teams and war-torn angst isn’t exactly a calling card of Marvel’s style. That said, I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a Coulson-esque blow that helps heal the team and bring them back on the same side.


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If you’re wondering what character they want to bring into the MCU, Joe singled out a weird one, “Groo the Wanderer one of my favorite characters growing up. Maybe in Infinity War??”

As for the genre as a whole, forget superhero fatuige, the Russo’s don’t see the genre burning out soon, (which is good because they’ve got at least two more MCU epics ahead of them). Check out Anthony Russo’s full quote below,

The beauty of superhero movies is that there are always more stories to tell.  You can go anywhere with the genre.  With Winter Soldier we mashed up genres by making a political thriller.  With Civil War we are doing a psychological thriller.  Infinity War will be something else entirely.  And other filmmakers are finding new ground all the time.  You can go epic, or you can do small and intimate character work.  You can do real world or fantasy world.  I think we can all look forward to many more years of surprising and original superhero movies


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As for Civil War itself, Joe teased more trips down memory lane, saying “there is always room for a good flashback,” which isn’t too suprising considering how much the film revolves around Cap and Bucky’s relationship.

As for that relationship, Anthony explained why it’s one of their favorite parts of the Captain America saga.

“The relationship between Steve and Bucky is one of my brother’s and my favorite aspects of the Captain America movies.  It’s so complex and tragic.  They have a devotion to one another that is undermined and devastated by fate, and exploring how they endure that is fascinating for us as storytellers and fans.  We feel Civil War is the best chapter yet in the story of their relationship.  The character has gone from being Bucky Barnes to being the Winter Soldier, and now in this movie he is something else.  We explore whether he and Steve can ever have a relationship again and, if so, what that relationship can be.”

And that relationship will put Steve in conflict with one of his other cloesest friends, Natasha, who Joe teases will “definitely have an encounter” with Bucky. “She is conflicted. This is her worst nightmare,” he said. She sees the value to both sides. Her relationship with Cap is very deep and is a continuation of their story from Winter Soldier. But due to very personal reasons they wind up on opposite sides.”


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Finally, the Russos explained how and why the Civil War narrative will diverge from that of the source material, and pointed out that Civil War pulls much less directly from the ” inspiring comic” than Winter Soldier did.

Our goal here is to continue the story of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which has developed a specific story with specific characters. The original book was dealing with a different story as well as many different characters, so the intersection between this movie and the inspiring comic isn’t as extensive as it was with Winter Soldier.  We do use the jumping off point of government control of superheroes and the division of  superheroes between sides lead by Captain America and Iron Man, but after that the movie is striking out into territory that is unique from the book.

There’s plenty more fun and silly answers, which you can check out in full over on Tumblr, including Sebastian Stan’s Winter Solider playlist.

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