With the laundry list of things that Captain America has to deal with, from the Sokovia Accords to leading a team of Avengers, it’s a wonder he can keep his head on straight. Is he struggling with the fact that he’s gone from being America’s hero decades ago to being a guy on the run from the people who turned him into one? Chris Evans says:

Yeah, it’s tough. Because ultimately he knows he has a good heart. The problem is we all think we have good hearts, we all think we know what’s best. And this is the nature of compromise. It’s tricky to understand where to bend. I think in the past films, in [Captain America: The First Avenger] we all know Nazis are bad. In [The Winter Soldier] Hydra is no good either. But this one, there’s no clear bad guy, and I think that’s far more parallel to the struggles we got through in our current political state. There’s logic to both sides, and where do you bend? Where’s the compromise? What’s the goal? I think Cap’s struggling because every time he has fallen in line, and has been a soldier, and has taken orders and leaned on the structure of society, it’s kinda turned on him. And I think he ultimately feels the safest hands are his own, because at least he can trust them. But again, that’s not gonna work for the masses. So it’s the first time he really doesn’t know what the right answer is.

Producer Nate Moore adds that they want to keep pushing Captain America to his limits, figuring out who he is in this complicated modern world where heroes and villains can’t be painted in black and white, especially when they used to be your friends.

It’s about challenging Cap. I think Cap is constantly putting him in situations where he feels protected in the modern world, because he is a soldier. Here’s a guy who went away and came back 70 years later and almost everybody he knew was gone. So it made sense for him to look like a soldier with a shield. Well that goes away. What does he do? In Avengers: Age of Ultron, he goes, ‘Well it doesn’t seem like the family like is what I want. Maybe it’s running The Avengers. Maybe that’s the thing.’

So, again, to give him the maximum amount of drama. It’s like what else can you strip away? Now what happens? So now he found a home in The Avengers. Let’s take that way. Now what does that character do? It really forced Steve Rogers to grow and not just be the leader of The Avengers. We can tell that story and I think that’s fun, and comics have done that for years and have been super successful, but I think for a movie you want to keep drawing the character and pushing the character in ways that are uncomfortable.

Chris Evans doesn’t necessarily think this is the end of a trilogy, mostly because of what’s to come in The Avengers: Infinity War, but Anthony Russo sees this movie as bringing him full circle:

Bringing it full circle is really important. We’re taking Cap to a place, there’s a level of detail that we have to be careful with, but we’re taking Cap to a place in this movie that he’s never gone before. That for us is taking Cap full circle. How do you take this guy that began where he began and had that great arc that he’s had and still take him to a place he’s never gone before? We always talk about him, he’s such a tough character in a lot of ways because he’s so strong and so centered, he has such strong ethics and morals, how do you upend a character like that? It’s easier to upend a character like Tony Stark in some ways because he’s a little all over the place and balanced and blah blah blah. You can spin him out easier so to speak. So how do you spin Cap out? We found a way to really get at the heart of who Cap is to shake his foundation, push him somewhere I think that’s going to surprise a lot of people.

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