The latest film in Marvel’s never-ending convoy of cinematic juggernauts arrives in the UK this week and we sat down with the film’s cast and directors to talk about the biggest film of the year so far.
We’ll have one-to-one interviews with some of the cast up on the site this week but today we took part in a number of roundtables, one of which gave us an audience with The Russo Brothers.
As directors, and nominal captains of the MCU’s trajectory, Joe and Anthony Russo gave some very interesting insight into the making of Captain America Civil War, and a hint of what to expect with their two-film Infinity War project, slated for in 2018 and 2019.
They were asked the question about approaching Civil War and making sure it wasn’t another Avengers movie (on the question of having too many superheroes… “It doesn’t seem like we hit the limit in this one…”) . They talked about making Captain America’s journey from patriot to insurgent as the spine of the film, and expanded on the influences of Civil War,
“People ask us about the influences…we sat down and we looked The Godfather because it’s telling the story of a family, it jumps around and pushes forward other character arcs and unifies them into a whole. We looked at that structurally and thought this is comparable to Civil War. What we’ll study for Infinity War is something like Nashville.”
If they are promising an Altman-esque Avengers film then sign us up…
They also talked briefly on where they are with Infinity War,
“We wrapped Civil War and moved into the edit room and spent half our day in the edit room and half in a room with Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus (Infinity War’s writers) and spent many months developing the story. They’ve been writing for the past couple of months and we’re about to get our first draft.”
Given that they had to reign in the wide circle of MCU characters they were asked to talk about their own approach to maintaining their own take on the whole shebang.
On the Captain America trilogy,
“This isn’t a traditional trilogy because [Captain America’s] story continues in Infinity war, so it’s another piece in the puzzle. His arc carries on into the Avengers films so this is desconstructing and setting us, and the Universe up, for its final culmination. We look at Winter Solider, Civil War and Infinity War as a continuity for ourselves as storytellers, so you could call that a trilogy.”
You can read our 5 star review of the film right here, see the US press conferences here, catch up on all the latest spoiler-filled promos here, and if you’re still left unsated for all things Cap Am you can see the London press conferences here.
Captain America: Civil War stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Chadwick Boseman, Emily VanCamp, Daniel Brühl, Frank Grillo, William Hurt, and Martin Freeman, and will be released in the UK on the 29th of April, and the 6th of May in the US.