Team Cap or Team Iron Man? In Captain America: Civil War, the Avengers are forced to take sides in another almighty clash of the titans. However, Chris Evans believes there is a very human story of family conflict is at the heart of the latest Marvel blockbuster.
Chris Evans never grows tired of putting on his iconic Captain America costume of red, white and blue.
“When I first signed on to play this role, I really wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into or if I would enjoy playing the same character after the first few films,” he admits. “But through the years, I have really loved playing this character so much and I really like everything he stands for and the way he handles himself in these films.”
And in Captain America: Civil War – which officially launches Phase Three of Marvel’s ever expanding universe – his character Steve Rogers faces potentially his biggest challenge and potentially his most dangerous enemy yet: his own friends in the Avengers.
After another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability. The new status quo fractures the superhero alliance, resulting in two camps – one led by Rogers, who believes the Avengers must remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark (aka Iron Man).
Evans is excited about his character’s arc in the third installment in the Captain America franchise. “What I think is nice about where they’re pushing him is that it’s the first time Steve doesn’t really know the answer,” he explains. “It’s always pretty cut and dry for him to know which side of the coin to fall on, but this one is tricky because this conflict is a little more akin to a day-to-day struggle that we all go through where there are no clear lines between what is right and what is wrong. There’s just a point of view, and I think it’s hard for him to understand what the right thing to do is and what his role is this time around.”
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The new film reunites Evans with directors Anthony and Joe Russo, who also directed the acclaimed second film in the series, Captain America, The Winter Soldier, and the star is full of praise for the siblings’ work.
“Love me some Russo brothers,” enthuses Evans. “They’re just very easy going guys who are not pretentious in any way and it is a pleasure just being around them. They also have this encyclopaedic knowledge of film and they’re wonderful at being able to reference scenes in other films to bring actors or crew to a common ground.
“It is easy to get lost in a semantic fog and the Russos have a really good way of getting everyone on the wavelengths so that we’re all making the same movie,” he continues. “They’re also amazing technicians who are very quick and precise, which I really love and appreciate. They know what they want, and we just have a pretty good line of communication open between us.”
The split in the Avengers leads to the scene which all Marvel fans have been dying to see: the full-on clash between Team Cap (Captain America, Falcon, Winter Soldier, Hawkeye, Ant-Man and Scarlet Witch) – and Team Iron Man (Black Widow, War Machine, Spider-Man, Vision and Black Panther).
The showdown is set at Leipzig Airport in Germany but was actually shot at Atlanta Pinewood Studios in the US during a blistering heatwave. “We didn’t shoot the sequences until July and it’s the south, so it was extremely hot and uncomfortable in the suits with the hot sun beating down on you all day,” Evans notes. “But as hot as it was, I can’t tell you how great it was to see most of the superheroes all suited up in one scene and it’s a storyline that’s going to be the jumping off point for the next chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”