Posted on Monday, March 7th, 2016 by Ethan Anderton
Even though we’re getting a slew of characters from the Marvel cinematic universe in Captain America: Civil War, it’s important to remember that this is still a Captain America movie. And the last time we were in the hero’s own franchise, he was just getting ready to track down his best friend turned brainwashed villain Bucky Barnes, a.k.a. The Winter Soldier.
The credits scene that followed The Avengers: Age of Ultron showed us Cap (Chris Evans) and Falcon (Anthony Mackie) finding a captured Bucky (Sebastian Stan) with his arm in a vice, trying to figure out what the next move is. And despite a large focus on the clash of superheroes coming in Civil War, the movie is also about continuing Cap’s attempt to revive the friendship he once had with Bucky, trying to bring the Hydra assassin back into the world where he created so much chaos, albeit unknowingly.
While visiting the set of Captain America: Civil War (check out my report on what we saw filmed over here), we sat down with Chris Evans and Sebastian Stan for a chat about where we find these two characters in Civil War and just how integral their relationship is to the story. Plus, Evans talks about how this movie really pushes him to places he’s never had to deal with before. Check out the Captain America Civil War interview after the jump.
First of all, following the events of The Winter Soldier, and the hints of what’s to come from the credits scene in Age of Ultron, we’re wondering where we find Cap and Bucky. Chris Evans immediately responded with the single word “risky” in a fantastic sing-song voice, but Sebastian Stan answered the best he could without getting in trouble:
I’ll say this. Whatever notions you had about that post-credits scene where you see him in the museum and obviously he’s staring at himself, whatever ideas you got from that scene, keep thinking about those and go with your own thoughts on that.
Writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely were somewhat more forthcoming about the mental state of the character and conflict that Bucky has within himself. When asked about the hints of Bucky potentially being involved with the death of Tony Stark’s parents, McFeely doesn’t go out of his way to confirm that:
It is implied that Hydra killed Howard Stark. I think we can say that. I think that’s all we know, for sure, is that they did that. Bucky killed a lot of people. That’s perhaps more important. When Bucky wakes up, or gets some semblance of his humanity back, if he were to get some semblance of his humanity back, how does he feel about the long list of kills on his record?
And Markus adds:
It was bad enough when Cap woke up after 70 years in the ice having done nothing. He woke up after 70 years having murdered a hundred of the best people of the last century. Do you want to go on? Do you want to be free? Do you want to put a bullet in your head? What is it?
That’s not exactly much to go on, but it does tell us that Bucky is still struggling with who he is and who he wants to be. Thankfully Chris Evans was able to give us a little bit more about where we find Cap in Civil War:
He’s still on the search for Bucky. That’s the thing about these movies. You go do The Avengers, you gotta put your own plot on hiatus for a second, and then we try to pick up where we left off. A big piece of that is searching for Bucky. But at the same time, we left off The Avengers [Age of Ultron] with a new team of Avengers. So they’re still trying to break in the new members. And I think it’s no secret that what happens is there’s a world around them that expects a little bit more responsibility for their actions. The Avengers have been operating independent of any government restriction, so I think there’s plenty of people that makes nervous. I don’t think I’m giving anything away by saying what happens is certain governments expect a bit of a change.
On the next page, find out how Cap is being pushed to new limits in Captain America: Civil War.