Despite both appearing in this past summer’s epic Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Vision (Paul Bettany) and Falcon (Anthony Mackie) only shared a single scene together – the very final one of the film. There’s a good chance that will change with next year’s Captain America: Civil War as both appear on opposing sides of the titular conflict and may even come to blows when Team Cap and Team Stark face off. But we won’t have to wait that long to see the product of the two working together as today marks the premier of Shelter, a new film written and directed by Bettany and starring Mackie alongside Jennifer Connelly. Bettany sat down with Collider yesterday to discuss the film and naturally the discussion eventually turned to Marvel’s next big movie.
Collider: We keep hearing that the script for Captain America: Civil War is fantastic. I know you can’t reveal details without the penalty of death, but what was your reaction when you read it?
Bettany: It’s going to be a lot of fun. I think it’s really interesting, the way that a huge, epic superhero extravaganza is discussing a really interesting question, which is about people unilaterally going into other people’s countries and their intervention there. It’s actually an interesting thing to talk about in a massive forum like that.
Thus far, we haven’t been able to spend a lot of time with the Vision but many have assumed that his heavy power set could greatly affect the dynamics of the team he chooses to side with (thanks to promotional images, we know he’ll at least start on the side of Iron Man).
Collider: Will Vision be playing into the changing team dynamic?
Bettany: What I love about my character is that there are so many places for him to go. I think he’s very interested in what it means to be human and what love is. The only way one can guarantee one’s loyalty is love. Loyalty is beyond logic, really. Logic doesn’t really provide for loyalty. If your logic changes suddenly and things not make sense, you can alter your allegiance, but love stops you from being able to do that.
Finally, Bettany explained why he thinks the MCU films have such continued appeal for such a wide audience.
Collider: It’s amazing how, when you think there’s no way that these Marvel movie could get any bigger, they do, but they still manage to keep a sense of humanity to them that keeps you connected to the story and the characters.
Bettany: Yeah. I think fans feel that they’re in safe hands, and the reason they feel like they’re in safe hands is because the films are being made by fans and they remember what it is about these stories that connected with them, in the first place. That’s why they have heart.
Be sure to head over here to read the full interview and check out Shelter, in theaters and on demand now. Bettany and Mackie will appear together in front of the camera in next year’s Captain America: Civil War on May 6th, 2015.