Captain America: Civil War Will Be More Aggressive And Dark, According To The Russo Brothers

Earth’s mightiest heroes are about to do battle. Captain America: Civil War has become one of the most highly anticipated Marvel movies of all time, because it follows one of the most critically successful Marvel movies ever produced: Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Beyond awesome action scenes and iconic characters, a major part of crafting a proper Captain America adventure stems from tone and execution – something directors Joe and Anthony Russo know quite a bit about.

A new report from Wizard World Cleveland Comic-Con – courtesy of – indicates that the Russos have every intention of doubling down on the intensity and darkness that they so perfectly executed in Captain America: The Winter Soldier:

We really did a radical reinterpretation of Captain America in Winter Soldier. We were twice as aggressive in tone and execution on Civil War

If it isn’t broke, there really doesn’t seem to be any point in fixing it. Prior to Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the character of Steve Roger (Chris Evans) represented one of the hokier aspects of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, both in terms of style and characterization. Once the Russos got their hands on the character, they introduced him to the world of espionage and political intrigue; anyone who has seen The Winter Soldier can tell you that is a match made in heaven.

The upcoming Captain America: Civil War seems intent on adding to the Russo’s stylistic take on the MCU as a whole. The story will return to Captain America’s search for Bucky Barnes a.k.a The Winter Soldier, and delve into his loyal defense of his longtime friend as the world – including former Avenger teammate Tony Stark – chooses to no longer tolerate unregulated vigilante activity. This disagreement of ideology will lead to the titular Civil War, pitting hero against hero in a dark, bloody war where nobody can truly come out as the victor.

Don’t believe me? Check out the trailer for Captain America: Civil War for yourself to get a sense of how the film will handle the dark tone of the titular war:

If Captain America: Civil War is anywhere close to the quality of The Winter Soldier, then audiences will walk away from theaters wholly impressed. Early screenings of the epic superhero smack down have been nothing if not positive, so it looks like the Russos have figured out the formula for an amazing Captain America adventure. Captain America: Civil War will hit theaters on May 6. Whose side will you be on?

Conner Schwerdtfeger

Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.