There’s been jokes, art, memes and fan fiction dedicated to the idea of the friendship between Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) in the Marvel “Captain America” films being a little more than just friends.
Talk of the upcoming “Captain America: Civil War” has been mostly about its action, its roster of heroes, and first appearances by the likes of Black Panther and the new Spider-Man. However, director Joe Russo tells Empire that, at its heart, the film is something else – it’s a love story between these two men:
“What’s fascinating about the Cap-Bucky story as well is it’s a love story, These are two guys who grew up together, and so they have that same emotional connection to each other as brothers would, and even more so because Bucky was all Steve had growing up.
Is he good or is he bad? Steve has to answer that question for himself, and there are other characters in the movie who hold the opposite point of view. It becomes a very explosive. It incites a lot of conflict.”
Sebastian Stan dials back on that relationship talk a bit, comparing it more to that of Michael Bay’s “Bad Boys” films – a bond more of brotherhood than love:
“I think it’s easy and generalizing it to say that they’re lovers, when you’re forgetting that one has a lot of guilt because he swore to be the protector of the other, the father figure or older brother so to speak, and then left him behind. I have no qualms with it but I think people like to see it much more as a love story than it actually is. It’s brotherhood to me.”
“Captain America: Civil War” and its bromantic core is set to hit cinemas at the end of April around much of the world and May 6th in the United States.