Chris Evans Talks Cap’s Focus in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR
With the inclusion of almost every other Avenger, it’s easy to confuse Marvel Studios’ upcoming Captain America: Civil War as less of a Captain America movie and more of a new Avengers installment. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo previously noted that, despite the large ensemble, the movie still belongs to its titular hero: “We love ensembles, but I think we’re kind of in tune to the idea of telling the story that has more than a single protagonist. We like that kind of story,” said Anthony Russo. “We like depth storytelling. We like layered storytelling. Joe and I, as we were developing the script with the writers, we like to pick a path and look at the script from every different character’s point of view. Even though it’s Cap’s movie, and the ultimate way we decide where to go with the film is filtered through Cap’s perspective, we do take time and walk ourselves through the story from every single character’s point of view as if its their movie.”
While those other perspectives and points of view will be explored, the fact is that the Captain America threequel is still very much Steve Rogers’ movie. “Even though there are a lot characters, the focus is on Steve and his struggle,” Captain America star Chris Evans told Disney’s D23 magazine. “Especially his struggle with Tony Stark… It’s exciting to see a guy who’s as optimistic and as selfless as Steve be met with letdown, betrayal, frustration, and selfishness. There are events and people in his life that test him — that challenge him and force him to reevaluate who he is and what he wants out of life.”
Steve has been through a lot, with Captain America: The Winter Soldier seeing the return of his supposedly long-dead best friend show up in the present as a brainwashed assassin, along with the shocking reveal that the world’s peacekeeping force, S.H.I.E.L.D., has been infiltrated by the villainous Hydra for decades. Steve’s relationships with Bucky and Tony Stark will play a major part in Civil War, with Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige noting that the seeds for Captain America and Iron Man’s moral and physical confrontation have been planted in past films. “We’ve seen it coming. The clues were there,” Feige teased. “When you watch the other films you see how Captain America and Iron Man fight the bad guys together, back-to-back, but they have differences. And there is something that happens in the world that divides them.”
Captain America: Civil War hits theaters May 6th.