Because Captain America: Civil War’s ensemble is so vast, it’s sometimes easy to forget that it will still be led by Chris Evans’ titular superhero otherwise known as Steve Rogers.
While the likes of Paul Bettany’s Vision, Don Cheadle’s War Machine, Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye, Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man, Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch, and Anthony Mackie’s Falcon will each feature prominently, those involved with Captain America: Civil War want to make fans know that the primary conflict of the blockbuster is between Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers and Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark/Iron Man.
In fact, during a discussion with Yahoo Movies, via Comic Book Movie, to promote Civil War Chris Evans opened up about the personal struggle for Steve Rogers that is at the heart of the film, insisting that it’s the character’s conflict and the disintegration of his relationship with Tony Stark that drives the story.
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“It’s exciting to see a guy who’s as optimistic and as selfless as Steve be met with letdown, betrayal, frustration, and selfishness,” Evans explained. “There are events and people in his life that test him – that challenge him and force him to re-evaluate who he is and what he wants out of life.”
This then provoked Chris Evans to go into more detail about the central conflict of Captain America: Civil War, as he remarked, “Even though there are a lot of characters, the focus is on Steve and his struggle. Especially his struggle with Tony Stark.”
It was just Chris Evans who was opening up about Captain America: Civil War though, as Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige also added further details about the blockbuster. Feige, who has helped to build and evolve the Marvel Cinematic Universe into what it has become today, noted that the central conflict between Steve Rogers and Tony Stark has been teased for quite some time, and that this conflict has been building and building over previous films.
“We’ve seen [the conflict] coming,” Feige explained. “The clues were there. When you watch the other films you see how Captain America and Iron Man fight the bad guys together, back-to-back, but they have differences. And there is something that happens in the world that divides them.”
Captain America: Civil War is arguably, alongside Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice and Suicide Squad, the most anticipated film of the summer. The explosive antics and repercussions of Civil War are set to be felt further down the line in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, especially going into Avengers: Infinity War.
While Captain America: Civil War’s expansive ensemble has fans of the studio and franchise salivating in anticipation, that’s nothing compared to how huge the ensemble for Avengers: Infinity War is going to be.
Back in January, while in attendance at the Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con, director Joe Russo, who is overseeing both Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War alongside his brother Anthony, confirmed that the duo are currently looking at a scenario where Avengers: Infinity War will include 67 characters.
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Speaking to the Wizard World audience, via Paste Magazine, Joe Russo explained, “We have so many characters we’re dealing with. We’re breaking ground on Avengers: Infinity War. We have a board with 67 characters on it.”
We’ll get to see how Marvel and the Russo Brothers handle working with so many actors and character when Captain America: Civil War is released on May 6, 2016, while parts one and two of Avengers: Infinity War will be released on May 4, 2018, and May 3, 2019, respectively.
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