Directors Anthony and Joe Russo Discuss CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

Directors Anthony and Joe Russo say the core of CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR is the connection between Steve Rogers (Captain America) and Bucky Barnes (The Winter Soldier), a friendship that dates back to the 1940’s.  For the first time Captain America film is forced to make the selfish decision and finds out, how far he will go to rescue his best friend.  Continue reading for more from Directors Anthony and Joe Russo Discuss on CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, and click here for all our images, news, and trailers from the film.

Marvel's "Captain America: Civil War"

Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan). Photo by Zade Rosenthal © Marvel 2016

Adapted from Marvel Studios’ Press Release

With the box office and critical success of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, producer Kevin Feige and his team were excited to bring Directors Anthony and Joe Russo back for the third movie of the franchise.

Marvel's "Captain America: Civil War"

Director Joe Russo on set. Photo by Zade Rosenthal ©Marvel 2016

 

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. 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.”

“I think maybe the most important thing when we were having these preliminary discussions was that we didn’t want to fall into a structure where the Avengers move into a conflict mode with one another then sort of repair that and then go out and fight another bad guy together,” adds Anthony Russo. “It was very important to us that the structure of the film be such that the Act III climax was between the actual Avengers themselves. We wanted all of the characters to be both protagonists and antagonists in the film at the same time. It was very challenging on a storytelling level to put them in a head-to-head conflict for the climax of the film, while at the same time finding a way for everybody to be a little bit right and a little bit wrong.”

Marvel's "Captain America: Civil War"

L to R: Sebastian Stan (Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes) and Director Anthony Russo on set. Photo by Zade Rosenthal ©Marvel 2016

 

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.”

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.”

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L to R: Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) Photo Credit: Zade Rosenthal © Marvel 2016

 

For Kevin Feige, another challenging aspect of the story was that, as a Captain America film, it also had major implications on storylines that would play out in upcoming Marvel films. “‘Captain America: Civil War’ is a storyline that we couldn’t have done years ago because it really focuses on all of the heroes that audiences have already met up to this point in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s the third film in the ‘Captain America’ trilogy but because we have waited to tell this story, it also is a film that will have a very important place amongst all of the other films that we’ve made and a big impact in particular future ‘Avengers’ films. Where ‘Winter Soldier’ was a political thriller, this film is a psychological thriller. So it’s a different type of film but we still wanted to bring some of that frenetic energy of ‘Winter Soldier’ and inject it into this film.”

The filmmakers decided to focus on the flaws within the characters and how they affect the relationships within the Avengers. “What’s fun about this film is it’s very much a ‘Captain America’ film and Tony Stark is very much a main player in that film,” informs Kevin Feige. “What is also great throughout the story is that we get to see the two sides of all the characters’ personalities, good and bad, their viewpoint on the world and their opinion on how the Avengers should operate.”

Marvel's "Captain America: Civil War"

Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) © Marvel 2016

 

The producer continues, “While this film is very much a culmination of all of the other films before it, it’s also a direct sequel to the ‘Winter Soldier.’ So we get to follow the continuing story of Bucky Barnes who Captain America cares very much about, and he still believes that his best friend is still inside the Winter Soldier somewhere. Bucky is the only person who’s still around from when Steve grew up in the 1940’s and he wants to bring him back and shake him loose of this horrid brainwash that he’s been under for so many years operating as the Winter Soldier. So it is a very human story, even with the spectacle of having all the players involved. I think people will be surprised at how grounded the dynamics between the characters are within the story.”

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