Russos On CIVIL WAR Presence Of HYDRA, ‘General Ross’ And “Special” ‘Spider-Man’ Relationship
It seems like directors Anthony and Joe Russo have lately been talking up a storm in anticipation of Captain America: Civil War and its forthcoming summer release date. And fortunately for us, that marvel-ous chatter won’t be ending anytime soon, or at least not today, as yet another lengthy interview with the filmmaking duo has surfaced with more intriguing details about the threequel. During this video interview, which appears to have taken place a couple weeks ago while the Russos were promoting their new film studio in China, the siblings discuss the Winter Soldier’s importance to Civil War and Captain America’s journey, as well as General Ross’ return and whether he’ll become the Red Hulk, and also the presence of HYDRA and a relationship Spider-Man develops.
The latest lengthy video interview with the Captain America: Civil War directors has them discuss Cap's journey, as well as the presence of HYDRA, General Ross and those Red Hulk rumors, as well as Spider-Man's interaction with Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Check it out!
“HYDRA isn't central to the third movie as it has been in the past, like in The Winter Soldier, but the legacy of HYDRA is still there” said Anthony Russo of the terrorist organization that sprouted in Captain America: The First Avenger. “Even though HYDRA has been sort of vanquished, so to speak, it left a legacy that is still complicating our characters' lives. So they do have a presence in the movie, even if they're not central to the film.” That legacy is likely to be driven by Crossbones. Anyhow, another character who’ll surely complicate the Avengers’ lives is General Thaddeus Ross, who the Civil War directors assure has a big presence in the movie. “He's a character who was ham-fisted in his approach in The Incredible Hulk, and that's probably a polite way to put it,” said Joe Russo of actor William Hurt’s character. “And I think he's learned from his over-aggressiveness in that movie and he's become more of a politician. He's much savvier now. And he's cornering the Avengers [because] superheroes have always been a [problem] to him; he's not a fan of them. So now he's come at them strategically by aligning the world against them. So, he's gotten much savvier and I think you'll find that he's grown as a character, he's different than he was in The Incredible Hulk. And he's more formidable and political opponent to them.” Could that mean we’ll see Ross become the Red Hulk as rumors have claimed? “There's always a chance at Marvel that you can see anything,” said Joe before Anthony reassured, “there’s no Red Hulk in Civil War.”
“Spider-Man enters the movie after the Avengers sort of pick sides,” said Anthony Russo of the Web-Slinger played by Tom Holland. “He's doesn't have a huge investment politically, but he develops a very personal relationship while he picks his side. I won't talk about the personal relationship he develops, but it's very interesting. One of the most special parts of the movie.” While there’s a Civil War hooding making the rounds with a potential first look at Spidey’s new suit design, the Russos wouldn’t say if we’ll see him before May 6. “Who knows?” they shrugged.
Next, the Russo brothers were asked about the Winter Soldier’s importance to Civil War, and how it will affect Captain America’s journey, which they imply might end with the Super Soldier retiring. “He's a very important character to this storytelling,” said Joe Russo of Sebastian Stan’s Bucky. “The thing about Civil War is we did not want the movie become exclusively about politics and characters arguing about politics. That's very boring. You go to see that movie [in theaters] and you start throwing your candy at the screen because it's not a movie that's very compelling to see. What's compelling to see is when characters emotionally invested in the storytelling and it was very important to us that there be an emotional engine that drives the characters in the movie. The thing that is very emotional to Cap is his relationship to Bucky, his long-lost brother who'd been tortured by HYDRA, had his mind wiped, has done horrible things, and don't know how to come back from those things. And Cap doesn't know if it's possible to make that character whole again or not, if they'll ever get back anything that he's lost.” Russo continued, “Captain America is a character who has suffered great lost. The journey that he goes on through Winter Soldier and Civil War is a journey back to himself and trying to decide whether or not his allegiance should be to himself and to the things that he holds dear, or whether it should still be to the patriotic duty that he signed up for all those years ago. And whether he can still treat it with the same reverence that he did when he signed up. So, it's a very emotional journey for the character and it is his movie.” Sounds like we might see Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers retire as Cap by the end of Civil War before he lifts his shield once more for Infinity War. What do you think?
Directed by Anthony & Joe Russo from a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, Captain America: Civil War picks up where Avengers: Age of Ultron left off, as Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) leads the new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to enlist the services of the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers while they try to protect the world from a new and nefarious villain. Starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Chadwick Boseman, Emily VanCamp, Daniel Brühl, Frank Grillo, William Hurt, and Martin Freeman, Captain America: Civil War is set for release on May 6, 2016.
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