When it comes to the superhero thoroughfare winding its way through 2016, there's a lot to look forward to. And you'd be hard-pressed to beat [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) in terms of fanticipation. But we're not the only ones excited for the upcoming movie, if BuzzFeed's recent Q&A with the cast and crew was anything to go by.
For Civil War is primed and ready to throw a pipe bomb into Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, scattering The Avengers into two camps due to the Sokovia Accords introduced following the destructive events of The Avengers: Age Of Ultron. (Not to mention, the damage wrought by Tony Stark/Iron Man's accidentally antagonistic creation Ultron, which only fueled the fire.)
But the Accords aren't the only point of tension for the team in Civil War, as the first trailer explained why this is a Captain America film rather than an Avengers film. It's all down to the presence of Bucky Barnes/the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), and the promo material thus far has placed a great deal of emphasis upon this newly reemerged character.
This throws a few spanners in the works, both emotionally and narratively, as Bucky doesn't actually appear in the original Civil War comic; his input is mainly relegated to the aftermath in The Death Of Captain America (though there's no word yet if this part of the story will be adapted for the Marvel Cinematic Universe).
We've already heard from co-directors Anthony and Joe Russo, and Stan himself, about how Civil War will chart Bucky's redemption. But it seems the relationship between him and Captain America is still going to be a little shaky as fresh behind-the-scenes footage revealed a punch-up between the two.
During the aforementioned BuzzFeed Q&A session, the Russo brothers were asked what they think the most compelling aspect is of Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Bucky's relationship, and their response doesn't allay any fears that Civil War is going to be an emotional rollercoaster:
Anthony Russo: "The relationship between Steve and Bucky is one of my brother’s and my favorite aspects of the 'Captain America' movies. It’s so complex and tragic. They have a devotion to one another that is undermined and devastated by fate, and exploring how they endure that is fascinating for us as storytellers and fans. We feel Civil War is the best chapter yet in the story of their relationship... We explore whether he and Steve can ever have a relationship again and, if so, what that relationship can be."
In a later question, Evans was asked what Cap's driving force is in the film, and he responded by saying that Steve Rogers is fighting primarily for "his friend Bucky." Just in case you still had any doubts about where Steve's heart lies in this film.
But it's a fight which will fracture the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it. Civil War has been described as "an emotional horror movie" via reports of advance screenings of the unfinished film. Whilst it's said to focus largely on the relationship between Steve and Bucky, it doesn't mean that there isn't a lot of other drama going on.
And the conflicts that arise from this drama are going to change everything. In response to a question about how the division in Civil War would affect and alter the group dynamic and relationships as the MCU moves forward, Evans said:
"They will change the dynamic FOREVER but I don’t want to give anything away so you will have to see the movie like everybody else!"
Perhaps more pertinent, though, were Joe Russo's comments about the aftermath of the conflict, which will ripple out to affect everything that comes from here on out in the Marvel Cinematic Universe:
Joe Russo: "There will be a long lasting fallout from the events of this movie. It will significantly alter the psychology of the Marvel Cinematic Universe moving forward."
And still the largest question looms over us: Will Steve and Tony be able to reconcile by the film's conclusion, or will the worst happen and (like in the comics) Tony lose the man who he held in such high regard as his friend?
From the sounds of it, Captain America: Civil War isn't pulling any punches, as it's been described as everything from a story of redemption to having an ending so traumatic, it's going to shake up the MCU forever. Even Sebastian Stan has warned us that it's going to annihilate us:
Are you ready?