The Russo brothers have been making waves lately in the comic book movie world with their recent promotional appearances in China and Wizard World New Orleans. In an interview in China dated a few weeks back, the Russo’s discuss, in somewhat generous detail, certain character arcs our favorite heroes and villains are set to face in this year’s Captain America: Civil War.
When asked about the current situation of the Hulk-hating Thaddeus Thunderbolt Ross in the film, the Russo brothers had this to say:
He’s a character who was ham-fisted in his approach in The Incredible Hulk, and that’s probably a polite way to put it. And I think he’s learned from his over-aggressiveness in that movie and he’s become more of a politician. He’s much savvier now.
And he’s cornering the Avengers. Superheroes have always been an anathema to him. He’s not a fan of them. So now he’s come at them strategically by aligning the world against them and cornering them.
So, he’s gotten much savvier and I think you’ll find that he’s grown as a character, he’s different than he was in The Incredible Hulk. And he’s more formidable and political opponent to them.
The Russos were then asked about the possibility of a Red Hulk transformation from Ross, to which the Russos smiled and said:
There’s always a chance at Marvel that you can see anything but there is no Red Hulk in Civil War.
Some of you may recall, we broke a story a couple of months back about a possible Red Hulk appearance in this film. As awesome as that would have been, that rumor looks to be dead. Unless, of course, the two brothers are pulling a J.J. Abrams.
Another aspect of the MCU discussed in the interview is the legacy of HYDRA. As we all know, HYDRA has been an integral part in the DNA of the MCU and the Russos were asked on what remains of HYDRA going into Civil War.
HYDRA isn’t central to the third movie as it has been in the past, like in The Winter Soldier, but the legacy of HYDRA is still there, even though HYDRA has been vanquished so to speak. It left a legacy that is still complicating our character’s lives; complicating Captain America’s life, complicating Winter Soldier’s life. They do have a presence in the movie even if they are not central to the film.
These comments are particularly interesting given how the film is introducing a villain so notoriously connected to HYDRA in the comics – Baron Zemo. The role Zemo plays in the film has been kept mum for the most part, but its nonetheless a strong possibility that Zemo is behind all the orchestrations in the film.
Captain America: Civil War is scheduled to hit theaters on May 6th, 2016.