The dust kicked up by “Batman v Superman” director Zack Snyder’s comments about the superhero movie genre last week has not settled. In fact, in a new interview with Collider, “Captain America: Civil War” actor Sebastian Stan responds to Snyder’s comments — which called Marvel’s last big screen outing, “Ant-Man,” the “flavor of the week” — by kicking up some dirt of his own.
“Yeah, I’m sitting here and I’m listening to you and I’m thinking, ‘Do I want to fire some shots at DC right now, at Zack Snyder?,'” said Stan in the interview. “I read some of those comments where he said something about Batman and Superman, I can’t remember where I read that, somewhere… Something about, ‘It’s not going to be your flavor-of-the-week ‘Ant-Man.” And I was like, ‘Oh thanks, Zack. That’s great. Way to do something original.’ But I would say we’re still making something very original in our own way. I mean, the Russos are coming in and taking something people are used to and they’re shaping it up and changing it in a very different way. They’re not trying to mimic a better Christopher Nolan movie or something like that.”
Marvel/DC rivalry aside, Stan — who returns for his third appearance as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier in “Captain America: Civil War” — also addressed fan concerns that the 2016 Marvel movie will be more of an Avengers film than a straightforward Captain America one.
“I mean, I know everybody’s treating it like there are all these Avengers in it, like it’s ‘Avengers 2.5’ or something, and there’s an element of that, but it’s still at the end of the day very much a ‘Captain America’ film,” said Stan of the movie, which features everyone from Iron Man and Black Widow to Vision and Scarlet Witch in its cast. “It’s different from ‘The Avengers,’ it’s definitely its own entity, totally connects to the last ‘Winter Soldier’ film, and the [directors Joe and Anthony] Russos’ stamp is all over it.”
Stan also discussed the expansion of his role in the film compared to 2014’s “Captain America: Winter Soldier,” which posited his brainwashed assassin as more of a silent force-of-nature type.
“They gave me a lot more dialogue [this time], and I thought, ‘Oh my god, it was so much better when I didn’t have to say things!,'” said Stan. “The look of the Winter Soldier is a very specific look. There was something very specific in how the guy looked and behaved and I felt like the more I stepped back and I just kind of let that do the work, the better it was gonna be. In a situation like that, you’re trying to guess where the guy’s at in his mind, and that certainly continues in the ‘Civil War’ movie. You’re always trying to guess what side is he on or … because he can go both ways. That’s me being really lucky with a character like that where you can kind of … I mean they could write something for him tomorrow where he could be the worst assassin, the worst terrible villain, killer, whatever, or he could be this guy who is endearing, who is trying to rebuild his life so there’s a lot of places to go with the character and that’s exciting.”
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo and starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Chadwick Boseman and more, “Captain America: Civil War” opens on May 6, 2016.
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