Russo Brothers describe Captain America: Civil War as a psychological thriller

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Jan 15, 2016, 11:00 AM EST

Captain America: Civil War directors Joe and Anthony Russo are taking on a new genre with Cap's third standalone adventure.

Speaking with Collider, the Russos confirmed that they are about two and a half months away from completing Civil War (they're editing now, with a few reshoots, scoring and six weeks of visual effects to go) and discussed how it was different in tone and style from their 2014 effort, Captain America: The Winter Soldier:

"Winter Soldier was a political thriller. We think of Civil War as a psychological thriller. It’s a complicated movie. And yes, it divides these people that you’ve known to not only be a team, but Cap and Natasha, in this movie, they’re evolving into a surrogate family for each other. So, it’s a closer group of people that’s being divided. That’s a difficult thing to do."

The first trailer put the emphasis on the stakes involved, as Cap (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) agree vehemently to disagree over the registration of superheroes with the government, dividing the Avengers and their allies into two factions. But the Russos say that the movie isn't all somber:

“There’s a good portion of (Civil War) that’s actually funnier than Winter Soldier, because there are characters in that film, that come from worlds where the tone is more comedic. Not all the characters in that movie have the same history as the Avengers. They’re coming at the problem of the film, not embedded with that baggage...They’re not tied to the central arc of the movie with the same motivation as the other characters, so they can be lighter.”

Civil War, of course, will introduce Spider-Man (Tom Holland) into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the Russos said that he's got an important enough role in the story that it could have been trouble if the deal to bring Spidey over from Sony didn't work out:

"What happens during a long process like that, you’re continuing to develop the movie and the character. During the time that it takes you to convince the powers that be to make the jump and let you do that, you’ve engrained the character so deeply into the story at that point that you’d have to destroy the story to take him out. So, by the time we found out that he’d be in the movie, it wasn’t so much elation than like ‘Thank God! We don’t have to blow the whole movie up.'”

Once Civil War is finished, the Russos turn their attention to the two-part monster known as Avengers: Infinity War, which they are slated to begin shooting concurrently in November:

"Infinity War is meant to be the culmination of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe up to that point. It’s very ambitious in its scope, it wants to take everything that you’ve seen before and coalesce into some kind of climactic ending. It’s complicated, ambitious storytelling."

Marvel has placed a lot of responsibility in the hands of the Russos, and the next result of that, Captain America: Civil War, is out May 6. What do you think of this movie switching from political thriller to psychological one?