Why director Joe Russo calls Captain America: Civil War a 'love story'

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Mar 22, 2016, 7:02 PM EDT

Ever since Captain America: The First Avenger, fans have had a front-row seat to the close bond between BBF’s Captain Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Sgt. James Buchanan “Bucky” Barnes (Sebastian Stan).

That bond was highlighted again when, in Winter Soldier, Cap became willing to do everything in his power to get his friend back — including die at Bucky's hands — while we were repeatedly kicked in the feels with quotes such as, “Even when I had nothing, I had Bucky,” or, “I’m with you 'til the end of the line.”

And from what can be seen in the two Captain America: Civil War trailers, it's pretty clear Steve's still ready to go to the end of the line to save his friend, which also includes holding on to a helicopter with his bare hands to stop the thing from taking off. See: Exhibit A:


So, it almost comes as no real surprise when Civil War director Joe Russo compared Cap’s upcoming third solo movie to a love story. No, not that kind of love story, you guys! Speaking to Empire Online, here’s what one-half of the dynamic directing duo said:

“What’s fascinating about the Cap-Bucky story as well is it’s a love story. These are two guys who grew up together, and so they have that same emotional connection to each other as brothers would, and even more so because Bucky was all Steve had growing up.”

We're told that that close emotional connection will be tested by Steve’s guilt over what happened to Bucky and by the metal-armed former assassin's ambiguous morality.

“Is he good or is he bad?” Steve has to answer that question for himself, and there are other characters in the movie who hold the opposite point of view. It becomes a very explosive. It incites a lot of conflict.”

Of course, one of the people who holds that opposite point of view in the Marvel movie is none other than Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), and it’s Cap’s loyalty to his friend, his pal, his Bucky that will be one of the driving forces behind the events of Captain America: Civil War. Well, that and the Sokovia Accords.

Actor Sebastian Stan played down Joe Russo’s love story talk and compared Bucky and Steve’s friendship dynamic to that of Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in those two Bad Boys movies.

“I think it’s easy and generalising it to say that they’re lovers, when you’re forgetting that one has a lot of guilt because he swore to be the protector of the other, the father figure or older brother so to speak, and then left him behind. I have no qualms with it but I think people like to see it much more as a love story than it actually is. It’s brotherhood to me.”

What do you guys think?

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(via Empire)