From Marvel Studios comes the highly anticipated third film in the Captain America franchise and the first film in Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Marvel’s ‘CAPATAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR’ finds Steve Rogers (CHRIS EVANS) leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.
THE DIRECTORS & THE STORY
With the box office and critical success of ‘CAPTAIN AMERICA: WINTER SOLDIER.’ producer KEVIN FEIGE and his team were excited to bring the Russo brothers back to direct the third movie of the franchise. With each of the first two films in the franchise having different styles and tones, 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 installment. From the beginning, we strongly advocated for the Civil War storyline. Once everyone agreed to it, 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.”
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.”
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.”
the first time and was doing a scene with Captain America and Falcon and all of them, I turned into a bit of a 10-year-old. It was pretty strange and really cool. For the first time I thought, ‘Man, I really am part of it,’ and it’s exciting.”
One of the most anticipated additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, making his debut in “Captain America: Civil War,” is T’Challa aka Black Panther. In casting the pivotal character that will become the first African-American standalone franchise in 2018, the filmmakers chose CHADWICK BOSEMAN, who caught the eye of Hollywood playing Jackie Robinson in the film ’42.’ “We’ve been seeding the notion of the Black Panther and the nation of Wakanda all the way back to ‘IRON MAN 2,’” explains Kevin Feige. “So it really felt like the time was right to bring in a character that had his own agenda and Chadwick Boseman was our first choice to play him. He is an incredibly talented actor who possessed all of the qualities that we wanted to inject into the character.”
Describing Black Panther, Boseman offers, “He is a paradox. He is so aware of and so connected to a tradition and lineage. Yet, he is a forward thinker, a maverick. He is very strategic. You never know quite what he’s going to do next, so there’s a certain mystery about the character. At the same time, he’s a public figure. Known by everyone but known by no one.”
While the Avengers are busy dividing into different factions, the mysterious Zemo, played by DANIEL BRUHL, is busy with his own agenda. “While the story of ‘Civil War’ primarily is about the conflict between Captain America and Iron Man, at the same time in the story there is somebody in the shadows operating who is not responsible for the events that lead up to the Civil War, but is someone who is fanning the flames,” explains Kevin Feige. “He’s a very different kind of character who has his own backstory and motivation.”
Rounding out the talented supporting cast of “Captain America: Civil War” are EMILY VANCAMP as Sharon Carter, FRANK GRILLO as Crossbones, MARTIN FREEMAN as Everett Ross, with WILLIAM HURT as General Thaddeus Ross.