We are nearly ready for Captain America: Civil War – yes, the biggest film in Marvel’s cinematic universe thus far is only days away and Flickering Myth’s Scott Davis was at today’s press conference, which was attended by directors Anthony and Joe Russo, Marvel’s lead producer and head-honcho Kevin Feige as well as stars (deep breath) Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Daniel Bruhl, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Emily VanCamp and Paul Bettany.
With the amount of talent on show at the conference, it was impossible to get everyone talking for any length of time but there were some choice snippets, with some particular attention paid to a certain webslinger who appears in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the very first time. As Spider-Man, Tom Holland wowed everyone with his take on the character, with Downey saying: “He’s really not a work-in-progress, he’s really something else…. He came on with a bang and there’s a real excitement about seeing what will happen when he holds his own.”
The Russo’s added: “Perhaps the most powerful child soldier in the world! Tony doesn’t want to lose his fight and sees Spider-Man as the greatest living non-lethal weapon and if your’re going out to capture a group of people you don’t necessarily want to hurt, you couldn’t ask for a better character than Spider-Man to take with you.”
This being a Captain America film of course means some true strength on show for First Avenger Steve Rogers, including stopping a helicopter from flying away atop a building. However, the shot was hard word for Evans, who spoke about injuring his arm due to him doing the stunt himself with CGI: “It was me! But I genuinely did mess up something in my arm doing it – it’s a very unnatural position to be in but you’re trying to look good!”
In addition, Cap may finally have some new female attention with the return of Sharon Carter (VanCamp) aka Agent 13, who spoke about the evolution of the relationship between the two and the fact that Sharon is Peggy Carter’s niece, saying: “It helps that it’s the great aunt – there’s at least a generation gap. I get that some people think it’s weird. A little icky.”
Another relationship that evolves is the one between mutant Wanda Maximoff a.k.a. Scarlet Witch (Olsen) and The Vision (Bettany) who enjoy some closeness in the comics. When asked about the type of connection will could see in Civil War, Olsen said: “It’s something the fans wanted but we were trying to root it in something more pure of a friend and a companion.”
Also joining the Avengers ranks for the first time is Scott Lang / Ant-Man, played by Paul Rudd, whose introduction in the film was close to his real reaction on set: “Everybody was nice and very welcoming but it was a bit surreal to see everybody in their suits. It was a very welcoming feeling. I felt like Cousin Oliver coming along to join the rest of the Brady Bunch.”
You can listen to the full press conference in the player below, and stay tuned to Flickering Myth this week as we will have more Captain America: Civil War coverage from the London premiere and press junkets!
Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.
Captain America: Civil War is set for release on April 29th 2016 in the UK and May 6th 2016 in the States, with Anthony and Joe Russo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) directing a cast that includes Marvel Cinematic Universe veterans Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America), Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man), Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson/Falcon), Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton/Hawkeye), Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow), Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier), Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch), Paul Bettany (The Vision), Don Cheadle (James Rhondes/War Machine), Paul Rudd (Scott Lang/Ant-Man), Emily VanCamp (Sharon Carter), Frank Grillo (Brock Rumlow/Crossbones) and William Hurt (General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross) alongside new additions Chadwick Boseman (Get on Up) as T’Challa/Black Panther, Daniel Bruhl (Rush) as Baron Zemo, Tom Holland (The Impossible) as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Martin Freeman (Sherlock) as Everett Ross.