A report from the set of Captain America: Civil War has revealed more intel about the movie's centerpiece clash.
Although saddled with a truly woeful cover ("Meow"?), the latest issue of EW does have some juicy reporting on Marvel's third Captain America movie -- including the climactic battle between Team Cap and Team Iron Man that will apparently tear at the fabric of the Avengers and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
As co-director Anthony Russo tells the magazine, "How do you move forward from a moment where people who used to love each other and were on the same side, now hate each other and are trying to hurt each other?”
The movie pits Cap (Chris Evans) against Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) in a serious dispute over government control of "enhanced" humans, i.e. superheroes. Lining up behind Cap are Ant-Man, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye and Bucky Barnes, aka the Winter Soldier. Backing Tony Stark are Black Widow, Black Panther, Vision and War Machine, with the loyalties of Spider-Man yet to be determined.
What EW calls the "splash page" fight in the film is described like this, as observed on the hot Georgia set:
While Black Widow gives an all-out thrashing to Ant-Man, Hawkeye and Scarlet Witch blast away at the sky -- him with his trusty bow and arrows, her with her mystical red energy pulses. They’re trying to knock some unseen threat out of the air. (It’s hard to tell which visual effect they’re imagining.)
It’s definitely not Iron Man. He’s flying low and locked onto another target: Captain America. Evans raises his shield, slings an upper cut through the air, and gets in one more hit against his invisible foe before he’s almost taken out in real life...The shot will end with Iron Man knocking Captain America to his knees. But he’s not going to stay there.
The incitement of the war will have at least something to do with the framing of Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) -- Cap's oldest and closest friend -- and Chris Evans explains why Cap puts everything on the line for him:
“No one on this planet knew him then. No one is left...He doesn’t have any peace with his youth. He doesn’t have any peace from his life, so Bucky and whatever happens with Bucky in this movie...That’s a big piece in terms of him kind of finding his own purpose in what he’s fighting for and how that friendship can come back to life. Not just them as soldiers, but them as friends.”
Evans adds that this is the first Marvel film in which what's supposed to be right and wrong is not so clearly defined:
“In most of the movies, there’s no question who we should be siding with...We all agree Nazis are bad, aliens from space are bad. But this movie’s the first time where you really have two points of view. There’s really no wrong answer here and it’s just a matter of who we are as men: Tony Stark and myself. Which side of the aisle do we come down on? So it’s hard for (Cap). It becomes a question of morality and I don’t think he’s ever been so uncertain with what right and wrong is.”
Some of this is spelled out in the recently released and pretty incredible trailer, but there are still many things yet to be revealed about Captain America: Civil War -- including, of course, which team will come out on top. We'll find out on May 6, 2016.