Whilst the philosophical and political divide that powers the conflict at the heart of “Captain America: Civil War” has previously been explained, the film’s star Chris Evans spoke with Empire this week about the more personal aspects of the divide and how it’s a difficult one for the Steve Rogers character to handle.
With the debate less about a clear good and evil divide and more about a difference of opinion, Rogers will become more of an antihero figure from the sounds of it:
“This is one of the first times Steve doesn’t know what side he’s on or what the right answer is. With the first Captain America [movie], I think we can all agree that Nazis are bad. The aliens are no good either; we can all get on board with that notion. This conflict is more mirroring that which we deal with on a daily basis, where it’s just different points of view. There’s no clear right, no clear wrong, and it’s hard for him to understand the right move.”
Then there’s the wild card factor, in this case Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther who will be introduced in the film and will potentially be seen as a character the audience can easily identify with:
“There’s collateral damage to the action we’ve taken, and there’s going to be people with different points of view to ours who cause us to regret our actions. Black Panther has a certain cachet and class, so to have him come down the way he does, it provides the audience with someone to identify with.”
Speaking with Cineplex, Evans also spoke more about the conflict and how in particular the rift between him and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) lies at the heart of it:
“There’s a great parallel that they draw between my character and Tony Stark. It’s something we can all relate to in terms of how we perceive our own society and culture, in terms of what is best for people. You can go right down to Democrat and Republican; everyone has a different opinion of what’s best… You have this team of people who are destroying every city they go to, but they’re saving the world. So it’s a matter of, do we monitor these people or do we let them monitor themselves? The beautiful thing with Civil War is that no one’s right and no one’s wrong; it’s just your personal opinion.
We’re going to have a nice evolution where you have a guy like Cap, who grew up with structure – he was a soldier and he liked hierarchy, he liked the chain of command. Now, all of a sudden, you have a guy who used to love the system not so sure about trusting it. And a guy like Tony Stark, who used to buck the system and dance to the beat of his own drum all of a sudden thinking, maybe we need some order.”
We’ll see the fight play out for ourselves when “Captain America: Civil War” hits cinemas on May 6th.