Captain America is at a standstill. Flanked by Falcon, The Winter Soldier, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, and Ant-Man, he needs to get to an aircraft through a German airport, for now represented by a massive green screen. The main obstacle? Iron Man. Tony Stark is under orders to stop the once golden boy of America in his tracks, so he's brought out the big guns: Black Widow, War Machine, Vision, and the new hero on the block, Black Panther.
Soon, the scorching film set in Atlanta has turned into a frenzy as Team Cap sprints into battle. While Natasha Romanoff and Clint Barton exchange close-corner blows with no mind control to blame this time, the prince of Wakanda launches himself at Bucky Barnes, tearing his vibranium claws into the Winter Soldier's bionic arm. Meanwhile, Ant-Man is off doing his thing, stomping around in front of his own mini green screen.
The Civil War officially has begun.
How did Earth's mightiest heroes get to this point? Avengers: Age of Ultron left them displaced. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) hung up his Iron Man suit, Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) went back to his family, Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) flew off the grid, and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) blasted off to Asgard to hunt down more Infinity Stones. That left Steve Rogers (Evans) and Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) with the task of assembling and leading a new team of Avengers. Sam Wilson (a.k.a. Falcon), Wanda Maximoff (a.k.a. Scarlet Witch), Vision, and James Rhodes (a.k.a. War Machine) answered that call.
Sadly, their stint as a team will be short-lived. Captain America: Civil War sees the introduction of the Sokovia Accords, which the governments of the world pass to restrict superhero activity in light of yet another international incident. The action splits the team in half with some banding around Iron Man in support and others around Cap to fight tooth and nail against it. Add The Winter Soldier, Cap's best friend and Hydra's brainwashed lapdog, and allies will surely strangle each other.
Ahead of the release of Captain America: Civil War on May 6, we have behind-the-scenes intel from the set on Cap and his army of rebels on the run.
Captain AmericaCaptain America: The Winter Soldier (also directed by Joe and Anthony Russo) saw Steve face a personal challenge in every sense of the word — Bucky Barnes, his old World War II buddy, had been brainwashed and remade as the bionic-armed assassin The Winter Soldier. After a confrontation that left D.C. littered with hellicarriers, Bucky retreated back into the shadows to emerge again here in Civil War.
Evans said Cap will still be on the search for his old friend when we pick up with him again, but that puts him at odds with the government, which isn’t too happy with the way his team of heroes has been operating. Said producer Nate Moore,
What makes it a Cap movie, again, is that external pressure is applied and then The Winter Soldier pops back up. Wait a second. So, all of a sudden, we were already kind of at odds with each other. And now this very true free radical shows back up. We don’t know if he’s a good guy. Is he a bad guy? Does he remember everything? Does he remember nothing?
Siding with Bucky over the government is easier for Cap, who sees him as his best friend, but it’ll still be tough to go from America’s golden boy to rebel on the run. "Ultimately he knows he has a good heart. The problem is we all think we have good hearts, we all think we know what’s best. And this is the nature of compromise. It’s tricky to understand where to bend," said Evans, who believes the film’s antagonist line isn’t so clear.
He continued, "I think Cap’s struggling because every time he has fallen in line, and has been a soldier, and has taken orders and leaned on the structure of society, it’s kinda turned on him. And I think he ultimately feels the safest hands are his own, because at least he can trust them. But again, that’s not gonna work for the masses. So it’s the first time he really doesn’t know what the right answer is."