Once we get past Batman V Superman at the end of this month, we’ll be heading straight into the anticipation of Captain America Civil War.
So, without further ado, here’s the latest news and info about Marvel’s latest big screen epic.
Why chose Team Iron Man?
Last time we saw War Machine he was part of Captain America’s New Avengers. However, we know now that James Rhodes, Tony’s best friend, is now on Iron Man’s team… well, friends will be friends.
Actor Don Cheadle has been talking about why he is fighting with Stark’s team: “Obviously, I can’t do anything that violates my oath,” Cheadle tells USA Today, “but at the same time we’re dealing with things that haven’t ever been in the playbook.”
Actor Paul Bettany, the man who was once JARVIS and is now Visionhas also teamed with Iron Man: “The stronger you are, the more you invite challenge,” he says. “Something has to rise to fill the vacuum.”
What about Black Widow? Well, Scarlett Johansson says: “Either we’re going to fight it and lose or we’re going to go with it and make it work. Regimes come and go but we have to pat the backs this time and shake hands and play nice.”
Interestingly, new character T’Challa, the Black Panther, played by Chadwick Boseman says his allegiance with Stark is political but “he’s definitely his own guy. There’s no ‘I’m going to do whatever you say because you’re the leader of this team.’ That’s not who he is. But I would say that’s also true of other characters.”
Stark himself, Robert Downey Jnr adds: “Regardless of whose argument is what, communication is about really being able to fully see the other person’s point of view. I fully see Cap’s point of view — I don’t know if Tony does.”
OK, so why choose Team Cap?
“He respects and admires Cap because Cap earned his rank as opposed to sitting in an office and just delegating orders,” says Anthony Mackie, the Falcon.
Hawkeye actor Jeremy Renner says he’s in it to get the job done and get home: “Cap was the first guy who called. Let’s just get the job done so I can get home to the family.”
Scarlet Witch herself, Elizabeth Olsen, says her journey isn’t so clean cut in this movie as she’s “figuring out her place and finding a family [but] she does have a few changes of points of view in this film.”
As for Bucky, The Winter Soldier, actor Sebastian Stan points out that, while he’s the reason for the conflict between Stark and Rogers, it’s his only chance: “Cap is his only shot at survival,” he says, “It’s not like everyone’s high-fiving before going to war. There are still tensions.”
Always the voice of reason, Cap himself adds: “Nobody’s wrong here. No one’s promoting evil. No one’s the bad guy. We just have different ways of being the good guy and that can get fiery.”
What about Thanos, where is he?
After all the setting up of Thanos, can we expect to see the mad titan in this outing? Well, frankly, no.
Civil War writer, Christopher Markus explains that it’s just not a big enough deal for Thanos: “Because we’ve got so much cosmic-ness waiting, we are more than happy to keep it waiting.
“Because, you know, Civil War is such a grounded argument, that you don’t want to go, [whispers] ‘Actually, that’s not very important because there’s a space man coming.’ We all know there’s a space man coming, but it’s going to blow this argument out of the water if you bring it up. So all that has to stay far enough away.”
Makes sense; so during this movie, Thanos is out there, sitting…
We’ll find out more about Scarlet Witch’s powers:
Actress Elizabeth Olsen has been talking about how this time out we’ll get answers about Scarlett Witch that we didn’t get in Age of Ultron: “We find Scarlet Witch without a home, without a family, and she ends up creating a surrogate family within the Avengers and making a decision to be a part of the team.
“I think a lot of that has to do with Jeremy’s character – like his attitude towards her and the speech he gives her at the end of the film. So we pick up with her having started a new life, but still trying to figure out what her abilities are and if using them causes greater good or greater damage.”
Director Joe Russo added: “We like characters that have limitations to their powers, so there’s a cost for everything that they do.
“Wanda can’t fly, she can use her power to push herself off, launch and then bring herself back down. But she has to stop herself and it’s not the most graceful version of flying. It’s just using her power to create energy to push herself up and bring herself down, but she’s still subject to gravity.”
Robert Downey Jnr reckons it’s sort of Iron Man 4 too:
Robert Downey J told USA Today: “In a way it’s Cap 3 but for me it’s like my little Iron Man 4 and then it’s back to the thing we all recognize. Everything pulls over to the side of the road when the thunder of an Avengers thing comes through because that’s how it is until it changes. If it changes.”
And just how long will it run for?
Event Cinemas in Australia are reporting that Captain America: Civil War runs for 146 minutes, which is 2 hours and 26 minutes…
so now you know. Probably.#
Disney have confirmed the movie will run 147mins – so that’s 2 hours and 27 minutes
Team Cap first:
Next, team Iron Man… and still no Spidey