Last night, I was lucky enough to attend, with Julius Vergara (one of our creators!), a very cool event put together by Marvel for the upcoming release of the Blu-ray/DVD for [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035). While Julius will be writing up the experience from his own perspective, I wanted to pull some tidbits out of the lengthy Q&A session held with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige and Senior VP of Production Jeremy Latcham.
I asked about balancing the huge cast of [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) with it being possibly the most internally motivated, character-driven story of all the Marvel movies yet. One of the main concerns of fans prior to the movie being announced was that there wouldn't be enough characters to do the scope of the story justice -- and then after it was announced, fans worried there would be too many characters. Go figure.
But Feige assured us that the Russo brothers pride themselves on their ability to balance it all:
In "Civil War" in particular, it is very much Cap's story. It is very much a sequel to "The Winter Soldier." And as that conflict builds, it is represented as a conflict between Captain and Tony. There are a lot of characters in "Winter Soldier," but it felt like a very singular and relatively simple thrill. "Civil War" follows in that same way. I think that's something the Russos pride themselves on, and our screenwriters, Chris Markus and Stephen McFeely are excellent at giving each character just enough. Not full arcs for everybody -- it's just enough so that their presence is felt, and is important, but that the very clear, simple story that is being told is being served at all times.
And that much is true. Mark Millar, the mind behind the original Civil War storyline itself, has always said that he intended it to be a very simple story with only a few major players. At its heart, it is just a story of two brothers, Steve Rogers and Tony Stark, fighting one another over ideological differences.
Another journalist in the audience asked about how those ideologies have changed for both Tony and Steve over the courses of Phases 1-3, particularly in Age of Ultron, and what we can expect from that. It was inevitable that they'd change, said Feige:
It really is, in large part, the events of this movie that makes -- even Tony can be self-aware enough to go, "If I shared my plans with somebody, this might not have happened." I think we are seeing a Tony that is trying to become more smart. From the things that happen between the movies and are learned about in "Civil War," that make that even more personal. And of course, it's the exact same moment that Captain America's come to a point, having encountered HYRDA, having encountered the World Security Council, where he says, "We can't listen to anybody else. That's how corruption begins." And they don't get along.
Latcham also weighed in on the newfound responsibility that Tony Stark now feels as the creator of so many things that have ultimately been used for evil:
I think responsibility is kind of the main theme for Tony, as he's kind of evolving as a character. I think, originally, he's a guy who had been part of some pretty terrible things and says, "I'm going to do everything myself, and that's the way I know it's right." It starts to run with that, and you see what happens. And maybe he balances a little. I think it's a really fun thing to watch a character grow up over the course of these movies. It works a line. I think it's fun to see it in the next one.
If the bigger, overarching story has been leading up to Infinity War, then the quieter, more personal story throughout the first two Phases has been leading to Civil War. Now that the dominos have been set up, it will be interesting to watch how and where they fall.
Captain America: Civil War will be in theaters on May 6th, 2016.