It has been a deluge of information the past few days as marketing for Captain America: Civil War is kicking into overdrive. Set visits have been providing us with great information about the upcoming film, and while most of the info focuses on Cap, Tony, Bucky and Black Panther, they Russo brothers have been clear that each character will have an arc and be given proper treatment.
To that end, yesterday’s set report from The Nerdist gives us some interesting insight into the way Black Widow, who one might expect to find firmly entrenched on Team Cap, might navigate her way through the plot as a part of Team Stark. Screenwirter Christopher Markus explained:
“It’s difficult, because she’s not trained to take sides,” said Markus. “She’s trained to be a duplicitous double-agent and have loyalties for sale. Obviously she’s well on her way to not being that person, but it’s still… standing up next to someone and taking a side and going, ‘No, I believe in this,’ is counter to her nature. So it’s, in a way, almost tougher for her than anybody to go, ‘This is my side and I’m sticking to it.’”
Producer Nate Moore went on to explain that the war between heroes may actually be toughest on Widow given her growth over the course of the past few films, especially given her position as Cap’s right hand with the New Avengers:
“That’s why Civil War is powerful, because it’s not a bunch of people who just met each other arguing,” Moore continued. “It’s a bunch of people who spent a year together kind of growing as a unit and becoming real friends all of a sudden being pulled apart.”
So how does it all play out for Natasha in the end? Co-director Joe Russo said they have to make some tough choices for her character and that there may be some surprises in store when it’s all said and done:
“We made some strong choices with Natasha in this movie and it’s a tricky arc that she has to play in the film. You always want to surprise people, you don’t want to make choices that are easy. I always said what I loved about Breaking Bad is that Vince Gilligan always wrote himself into the hardest corner. I would watch an episode and go, ‘I have no f—king idea how he’s going to solve this next week,’ and he would solve it. That’s compelling narrative, that’s compelling storytelling to me. We made a similar choice with her on this film, but it’s tricky because you have to monitor constantly throughout the filmmaking to make sure you’re getting the subtleties of the arc and what she’s doing”
What that means for Natasha remains to be seen, but many fans have speculated that she will be back to her double agent ways before the end of Captain America: Civil War. Scarlett Johannson’s Black Widow has been an integral part of each of the film’s in which she’s appeared and while fans continue to urge Marvel Studios to give her a franchise of her own, it’s great to see the growth of the character over time.
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Source: The Nerdist