Flickering Myth’s Oli Davis sits down with Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner to talk about their movie Captain America: Civil War…
The room genuinely brightened as Elizabeth Olsen walked in. A cloud had just passed over the sun, illuminating our little hotel apartment with a welcoming glow. I swear I heard birds chirping as she started to talk about Captain America: Civil War.
“The first thing that excited me when I read the script was that it’s really nice to be necessary to the story,” Olsen revealed. “But [the Russos] do that with all the characters, they’re very smart. They let everyone have their own arc and their own moment. So to be the catalyst for the film was great. Because the rest of her journey is to figure out more specifically what her abilities are. And this has kind of become a surrogate family for her. She’s repurposed herself into the wor…”
Olsen was cut off by a gruff voice in the hallway. It was Jeremy Renner. They were meant to be interviewed together, but Jeremy was ill. Baseball cap pressed tightly over his head, he shuffled in.
“What’s going on?” Renner asked with a cheeky glint in his eyes.
“So there’s this great new journey,” Olsen continued, doing her best to ignore the interruption, “that she’s on to figure out-“
“What I miss? What’s the question?” Renner was doing his best to annoy her.
“It was specifically about Scarlet Witch.”
“And her amazing powers?” Renner beamed in mock enthusiasm.
Olsen corpsed a little before proceeding. “And the arc that she’s on right now. There is a maturation. We haven’t seen [Captain Ameirca: Civil War] yet, but from what we’ve filmed, I think it ended on a cool note of mystery of where things could go with her. I have no idea where they’re going to do with her, but I think it’s going to be interesting. They always have a good plan.”
“We usually do see it before we start doing press and talking about the movie,” Renner assured. “But we were busy shooting the movie the whole time.
Renner was in a very jovial mood for someone in the throes of a sore throat and cold, so I asked him how he felt about Joss Whedon’s first Avengers movie. You know, the one where he spent most of his time brainwashed by Loki – much to his fans dismay. Since then, Hawkeye has become considerably more fleshed out as a character.
“I remember when [Mark] Ruffalo was just coming on with me and [Robert] Downey,” Renner recalled about Joss Whedon’s original plans for Hawkeye. “And we talked about the idea that Clint had a family. I can’t really speak to the specifics of it because I still think things may happen that we did talk about. But part of it we did discuss.”
“I remember when Joss sent me the script and the notes,” he remembered about the first Avengers movie, “which said, ‘all that amazing stuff we talked about is not in this. You’re in it a lot! …but you’re hypnotised the entire time.”
Whedon somewhat made up for this by introducing Clint Barton’s family in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
“We did get to bring in a lot of that cool stuff that we initially talked about that character. The reason why I like Clint is because he’s human. He’s just a guy with a high skill set, and I can relate to that. He just wants to build upon that, and we came up with the idea of him having a family and it made it into Ultron.”
The conversation turned to what are the most challenging and easiest parts about filming a Marvel movie.
“Working with Lizzie,” Renner immediately answered.
“So hard,” Olsen agreed. “We hate each other.”
“No, that was the easy part!” Renner corrected, in mock offence. “Getting dressed is difficult.”
“Yeah, that is the hardest part,” Olsen concurred. “Going to the bathroom is really annoying. It takes 30 minutes to take [the costume] off and 30 minutes to put it all back on. About 20 minutes if we’re doing a good job.”
“The way it’s layered you can’t take it off without taking off the entire corset, and corsets take a long time to lace up. It’s very frustrating. You drink a little bit of water with some diuride or something so you have extra electrolytes, because you can’t be peeing on set all the time. Yeah, that is annoying.”
Captain America: Civil War has so many characters in that it might be daunting for a viewer to go in without having seen any of the Universe’s previous films.
“I saw all the Marvel movies out of order,” Olsen admitted, “and there are things I don’t understand…still. That have to do with Infinity Stones, but I was able to follow every story.”
“Standalone they can always be very watchable” Renner elaborated. “But they tag in a lot of things that drag from one to another. It makes it like a series. Marvel does a very good job at that. It just makes it more entertaining to know what happens prior. If you don’t, I still think it’s entertaining.”
Head to the next page for Jeremy Renner addressing the Hawkeye Netflix spin-off reports, whether Elizabeth Olsen wants one for Scarlet Witch, and who would win in a fight: Batman, Superman, Captain America or Godzilla?