Captain America Civil War

While most of the buzz today is for the new trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (the reaction to which has been divisive enough to spark another fight between fans), there’s still plenty of talk about the other big superhero battle coming in Captain America: Civil War following the debut of the first trailer last week.

To go along with the first public peek at footage from the Marvel movie, Entertainment Weekly had their own cover story this month for the superhero battle. We’ve already seen the photos, but now we get some details from directors Anthony and Joe Russo as well as the film’s star Chris Evans. While we know there will be plenty of action the Marvel Studios flick, they all put a lot of focus on the characters and the new dynamic that emerges due to this conflict.

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Captain America himself talks about how this conflict is complicated because there’s no clear villain. These are all heroes who just happen to be on opposing sides of an important issue that could change their lives:

In most of the movies, there’s no question who we should be siding with. We all agree Nazis are bad, aliens from space are bad. But this movie’s the first time where you really have two points of view. There’s really no wrong answer here and it’s just a matter of who we are as men: Tony Stark and myself. Which side of the aisle do we come down on? So it’s hard for [Cap]. It becomes a question of morality and I don’t think he’s ever been so uncertain with what right and wrong is.

So how do directors Anthony and Joe Russo approach a movie where the heroes you usually root for are at each others’ throats? Joe explained:

The story is about family. And what happens if they don’t agree. We’ve been comparing it to a fight at a wedding. What happens when your cousin and your brother go at it, and whose side are you on, and where does it go from there?

Anthony elaborates that things get even more complicated in the aftermath of this fight:

How do you move forward from a moment where people who used to love each other and were on the same side, now hate each other and are trying to hurt each other? [Cap is] such a strong, grounded, morally centered, ethically centered character. You can beat at him pretty hard as a hero, to try to crack that strength — both morally and physically.

And as we’ve seen in the trailer, Cap certainly holds Bucky in high esteem and is willing to forgive him for all the terrible things he did while he was brainwashed and controlled by Hydra. And it’s his relationship with Bucky, as the only living person he knew decades ago, that influences his decision:

No one on this planet knew him then. No one is left. He doesn’t have any peace with his youth. He doesn’t have any peace from his life, so Bucky and whatever happens with Bucky in this movie… That’s a big piece in terms of him kind of finding his own purpose in what he’s fighting for and how that friendship can come back to life. Not just them as soldiers, but them as friends.

And we’ve already seen how hard Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) takes Cap’s decision to support the best friend from his past instead of his fellow Avenger. That line alone shows just how brutal it’s going to be to watch our favorite heroes (and a couple new ones) tear each other apart.

If you want to know more about the impending battle between the Avengers, check out EW’s full article with some descriptions of the action on set, including part of the face-off between Iron Man and Captain America.

Captain America Civil War arrives on May 6th, 2016.

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