Heads up Marvel fans! You'd better prepare yourselves for one of the most explosive, divisive, and possibly devastating films in MCU history. [Captain America: The Winter Soldier](tag:254973) is a tough act to follow — after all, Cap did take down all of S.H.I.E.L.D., changing the MCU forever. But directors the Russo brothers are determined to top their previous Marvel outing, promising big things for [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409).
Last week we heard that Civil War would have a "controversial" ending, which had fans speculating what the Russos think they "might not like." And now the hype is only building, because...
'Civil War' Is Totally Vicious
Or at least, that's what the Russos want us to believe.
During Wizard Con in Cleveland, the Russo brothers fielded questions about Civil War, and their answers were quite revelatory.
"We really did a radical reinterpretation of Captain America in Winter Soldier, [but] we were twice as aggressive in tone and execution on Civil War."
What did they just say about executing Cap?! Nah, I'm kidding. I'm sure that's not something they'd do...
Civil War has a lot going on — there's the political debate which tears the group apart, tested loyalties and new alliances, a flock of cameos, several new characters to contend with, and new villains. And of course there's Bucky, recovering from his time as the Winter Soldier, hunted by mysterious forces and grappling with his identity.
But as much as Civil War seems like The Avengers: 2.5, the Russos definitely consider it a sequel to The Winter Soldier.
We Need To Talk About Bucky
As such, the focus has to be on the relationship between Steve and Bucky, which is an emotional thread through the Captain America trilogy.
"Bucky plays a significant role in the movie, and the relationship between him and Captain America will be further fleshed out."
Hopefully this means that after The Winter Soldier saw Cap and Bucky at each other's throats, the two will start to rebuild their former friendship. Which probably means Bucky has regained enough of his memories to get back to his old identity. Phew!
Ultimately, Civil War is really about relationships, and how far these heroes will go to protect their friends. This is a bold, but sensible move on the part of the Russos; after Age Of Ultron kinda failed to thrill with overblown high stakes, Civil War takes a far more personal stance.
Setting Up Infinity War
We've been with these characters through thick and thin. We care about them, and we care about their relationships with each other. A character-driven story is just what the MCU needs right now, and with the no doubt explosive and vicious battles in Civil War, the personal angle will be even more devastating.
But it's not all doom and gloom — the Russos also want to set the stage for the upcoming [The Avengers: Infinity War](tag:738027), so you can rest assured the gang will be back together by the end. Probably.
"We wanted Winter Soldier, Civil War, and the Infinity War films to have a strong through line. We look at this movie as setting the stage for Infinity War, how it starts and what condition everybody is in." (h/t Comicbook)
Take from that what you will. It's unlikely that Infinity War will feature a fractured team. After all, they're going to need to be at peak strength to defeat the notorious Thanos. So for all that the ending to Civil War is controversial, the Avengers will be back to their old selves soon.