By placing two teams of Marvel icons against each other, “Captain America: Civil War” will feel unlike any other Marvel Studios movie to date. After a dozen films of heroes getting along (for the most part, anyway), “Civil War” will send Steve Rogers, Tony Stark and the rest of Marvel’s heroes on a complicated emotional journey. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo spoke about the film’s tone in an interview with The LA Times’ Hero Complex, saying that it comes as a result of the film’s deconstruction of the superhero genre.
“We’re going to have to do something unexpected,” said Joe Russo. “We’re going to have to play with the audience’s expectations. We’re going to have to be radical with the tone, which is why it’s so diverse in tone. When we sat down to start crafting story, we went, ‘It’s going to be a very heavy movie,’ because we wanted to take Cap on a journey through all three films, and it’s a radical journey… it moves him the farthest away from where he started, to go from a patriot to an insurgent.”
Joe continued: “We knew we were taking a big risk by taking these very popular characters, and putting them in a very emotionally wrought, horrific… it goes full-on horror.”
The film, which so far has received nearly universal praise, is the second the Russos have directed for Marvel, following 2014’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” They’ll next handle the two-part “Avengers: Infinity War.” The directors reflected on their long relationship with Marvel, especially considering their background in TV comedies like “Arrested Development” and “Community.” Joe Russo explained that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige saw their paintball episodes of “Community,” which demonstrated that the Russos understood action as well as comedy — two things Feige looks for in directors.
“It’s like we were made in a Marvel machine,” said Joe. “The reason the [Marvel movies] work is because you’re hybriding genre… that’s all ‘Community’ is; we’re hybriding genre. We’re making fun of genre, we’re deconstructing genre.”
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, “Captain America: Civil War” is scheduled for release on May 6.
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