Captain America: Civil War Review
Captain America: Civil War
6 May 2016
Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
Screen Test for Spiderman
Tom Holland commented on how intimidated he was when he came to screen test for Spider-Man, saying that Robert Downey Jr. took him aside and said, “Listen, I remember my screen test for Iron Man. I remember how terrified I was. Just think of it as an audition. It’s nothing too scary. If you get it wrong, we’ll just start again. No pressure.”
75th anniversary of Captain America.
The film coincides with the 75th anniversary of Captain America. 2016 also marks the 10th anniversary of the original Civil War comic book and Black Panther’s 50th anniversary.
“the most powerful shot of the film”
Co-director Joe Russo said that “the most powerful shot of the film” was Steve Rogers stopping a helicopter from taking off, with his bare hands. The shot was even featured in the first teaser trailer for the film. Russo said Chris Evans worked very hard in the gym to physically embody the character because they wanted to test the limit’s of Steve’s physical strength. About the shot itself, he noted, “On set, we had Chris straining against a crane, holding the helicopter to get this fantastic shot of his muscles bulging, and you can feel the energy and determination as he tries to stop it.”
Bucky Barnes as a divided character
The filmmakers describe Bucky Barnes as a divided character, saying, “He’s not Bucky Barnes anymore, he’s not the Winter Soldier anymore; he’s something in between. There’s a part of his personality that was under mind control, and he murdered a lot of people. So he’s got a very complicated history. Who is that person? How does that character move forward?”
Black Panther’s Costume
The Black Panther costume is a combination of a practical costume and visual effects.
The theme of destructive power..
The film was going to feature the Incredible Hulk, but he was shifted to Thor: Ragnarok(2017) and so the filmmakers chose Thunderbolt Ross in the film as a substitute to illustrate the theme of destructive power: “We thought it would be interesting to use a character who had a fanatical anti-superhero point of view, built on experience. He’s cornering the Avengers politically now, he’s out-maneuvering them.”
Phase three of Marvel Cinematic Universe
This movie marks the beginning of Phase Three in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is the 13th film overall.
Spider-Man’s suit design..
Spider-Man’s suit design is based on his original look in the comics when he debuted in 1962. The goggles change size to reflect Spider-Man’s expressive eyes in the comics, and also allow him to hone his senses and focus.
“Iron Spider” suit
In the Civil War comic book series Tony Stark builds Spider-Man an “Iron Spider” suit; it’s gold/red and laden with armor and gadgets. In this film Spider-Man receives a suit in his normal blue/red cloth attire, but it does have gadgets.
Influences for this film.
Co-director Joe Russo cited Se7en (1995) and Fargo (1996) as influences on this film.
Meaning of “Winter Soldier”..
Bucky’s code name “Winter Soldier” could have multiple sources of meaning. Winter could represent his maintenance as he is kept on ice whenever he’s inactive. It could represent that he is a relic from The Cold War or that his humanity was stripped to make him the coldest of assassins.
Prototype of Spider-Man’s suit
Although Spider-Man’s suit was composed of CGI for every scene, a physical prototype Spider-Man suit was built during production that Tom Holland wore on set during some filming. It wasnt until later that the film makers decided to scrap the suit alltogether, and replace it with a CGI version. The prototype suit differed from the final product on screen as it features raised webbing, and a classic spider symbol, which was very reminiscient of the symbol shown in the very first Spider-Man comic, released in 1962.
Sebastian Stan revealed that the backpack that Bucky is seen wearing in the trailers contains journals that he has put together of his scattered memories.
In the post credits scene, Peter’s web shooter emits a light which strongly resembles the ‘Spider Signal’ seen in the comics. This is the debut of the Spider Signal on screen.
Paul Bettany describes the Vision as exploring what it means to be human and what love is: “The only way one can guarantee one’s loyalty is love.”
Stan Lee’s Cameo
Cameo – Stan Lee appears towards the end of the film as a FedEx delivery man. He mispronounces Tony Stark as Tony “Stank”.
How could Steve Rogers (Captain America) already know the truth about the death of Tony Stark’s parents?
During the encounter with Zola (Toby Jones) in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) learned that the death of Howard and Maria Stark was a hit ordered by HYDRA, who faked it as a traffic accident. At the end of the same movie, Natascha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) gave Steve a Russian file about Bucky/Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), saying that she pulled some strings with former allies to get it. The file was probably a KGB file, which could hold some clues to the Winter Soldier’s current whereabouts. Since he was in the service of Russian HYDRA agents during the Cold War, the KGB may have been able to keep better track of his secret missions at the time (in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Black Widow admits that her former Russian agency, as well as she herself, have had dealings with him). It is most likely that Steve read in (or implied from) this file that it was Bucky who executed the killing of Howard and Maria Stark; this would make sense, because if it had been explicitly stated in a secret S.H.I.E.L.D. or HYDRA file, then Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) probably would have found out himself after Black Widow dumped all secret files on the Internet at the end of Winter Soldier. Even Baron Zemo said he had to do extensive decryption on a HYDRA file to find a clue as to what happened on the night when Stark’s parents died. In any case, Steve withheld this vital piece of information from Tony, knowing that Tony would make it his mission to kill Bucky, even though Bucky was brain-washed and did not know what he was doing at the time
RT/Meta Critic Review
As they did in Winter Soldier, the Russos have achieved an uncommon balance of plot and action, humor and drama, all of it once again deeply grounded in character.(Click here to see)