The Russo Brothers Discuss Captain America: Civil War – Gaming illuminaughty Skip to content
Published November 26, 2015

The trailer for the massively anticipated Captain America: Civil War premiered just a few days ago and fan response has been overwhelmingly positive, hyping up fans even more than ever to find out anything and everything about the films, with dozens of fan theories already circulating online.

Directors Joe and Anthony Russo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) sat down with Empire and spoke about the trailer and the film in general, speaking about the characters, the tone of the film, and what they’re aiming to do with the storyline in this film. Joe Russo spoke out first, stating:

You cannot have a character called Captain America without examining the politics of what that means, especially in this day and age. The heroes in this universe operate under their own auspices, not under the directive of a government, and that can cause a lot of problems. There’s a certain level of imperialism that we’re examining – what right do those that have power have to use that power, even if it’s to do good? How do you govern that kind of power?

Joe Russo also talked about the relation, or lack thereof, between this film and the 2006 source material from the comics.

We’re using the essence of what Civil War was about. The comic book isn’t applicable to the storytelling that we’ve structured up to this point, but the concept of registration, the notion that heroes need to be either monitored or controlled because their power can be scary, is applicable.

Anthony Russo then chimed in on Civil War storyline and how, while it differs from its comic counterpart, it also shares some of it’s political undertones.

The challenge was, we’re doing the story of Civil War. Which everybody knows is nominally about superhero registration. And in a lot of ways that can be a political issue, and we didn’t want the conflict of the movie to solely exist on that level. We wanted to figure out very personal reasons why everyone’s relationship to this idea of registration is going to become complicated. That’s what the relationship between Steve and Bucky allowed us to do, to get very personal in terms of why people would lean one way or the other.

One of the biggest things that stood out in the trailer was the Sokovia Accords, which we see General Ross Thunderbolt deliver to Captain America in the trailer. Director Joe Russo shed some light into what exactly those papers are and what they mean in the MCU.

The Accords are the world jointly trying to govern the Avengers moving forward. It has to do with the effects of Ultron and Sokovia, and New York City , and Washington D.C. Examining the third acts of all the Marvel movies, we’re saying, if you could point to the collateral damage in all those incidents, could you use that against the Avengers to control them?

The director also spoke about the inclusion of William Hurt, who reprises his role as General Thunderbolt Ross from The Incredible Hulk, and talks about his character helps tie everything in the MCU together, including the somewhat forgotten The Incredible Hulk film which hit theaters back in ’08.

The job is to tie all these films together. To be able to pull from The Hulk, which may have been forgotten about a little bit, and make it relevant again within the cinematic universe, is important to us. We thought it would be interesting to take a character who had a fanatical anti-superhero point of view. Now he’s become much savvier and more political and has put himself in a position of power, not unlike a Colin Powell. He’s cornering the Avengers politically now, he’s out-maneuvering them.

Captain America: Civil War hits theaters on May 6, 2015.

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