In Flickering Myth’s interview with Chris Evans, the Captain America: Civil War actor spoke about whether Steve Rogers is actually in love with his best friend Bucky Barnes.
“That wouldn’t be so bad,” answered Evans, “it’s just never been part of my approach to the character. My subtext didn’t involve that dynamic.”
The actor went onto talk about how Rogers is in love with the Carter women – both Peggy from his World War II days, and her niece Agent 13.
“I think even with the first Captain America film you see how drawn he is to Peggy Carter…And I thought I put all that in the final scene, but maybe I didn’t. Maybe I was just gazing at Sebastian [Stan] too much.”
But what do Stan and Falcon actor Anthony Mackie have to say about a bisexual reading of Captain America’s character?
“It’s a difference in time,” Mackie explained about male relationships in Flickering Myth’s interview with the two. “If you look at different generations, the idea of being a man was vastly different to what it is today. The camaraderie, the – as you call it now – bromance, between two men was accepted. It was almost the way you’d be someone’s friend. Today, it’s more about borrowing someone’s car or using their cell-phone. It’s just a different way of being someone’s friend.”
“And in 2016,” continued Stan, “we were so saturated with all kinds of perspectives. But the great things about the movies is that the audience can come in there and bring their own baggage. They see whatever they want to see. That’s great.”
Mackie went onto talk about his own radical reading of another relationship in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“On the same accord, it’s like The Falcon and Black Widow’s interracial relationship,” he glowed. “You have a strapping, young, chocolate lad. A beautiful, red-haired assassin. Imagine the love that happens. Hot like an oven.”
“It’s interesting that Black Widow doesn’t seem to be aware of it,” Stan pointed out.
“Very aware of it,” Mackie corrected. “If she was here, she’d talk about it. I called her and said, ‘we need some press pointers on how we’re going to talk about this love affair, because it might be scandalous. Not everybody’s OK with the chocolate, strawberry cappuccino.”
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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 out in the UK and United States now, 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.