When it comes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there’s no film that has as much anticipation leading up to its release in May like Captain America: Civil War. Not only will the film bring the much-debated comic book story-line to life, having our favorite comic characters fight against one another, but it’ll bring the introduction of Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Spider-Man (Tom Holland), as well as the return of General Thaddeus ‘Thunderbolt’ Ross (William Hurt), who fans haven’t seen on screen since 2008’s The Incredible Hulk. Although we’re still a while out from the release of Civil War, that hasn’t stopped directors Joe and Anthony Russo from discussing the highly anticipated film, as well as their next project, Avengers: Infinity War Parts 1 & 2, which will begin production sometime in the fall.
While on a trip to promote the launch of a new film studio that the brothers opened in China, they were asked about the upcoming film, as well as the introduction of Peter Parker into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now, while we’ve heard plenty about this new Spidey – from Peter Parker himself, and the director of the still untitled 2017 Spider-Man film – what the Russos have to say about how they’re introducing Peter Parker into this massive cinematic universe is rather interesting.
“This is a completely new version of Spider-Man that’s introduced in Civil War,” answered Anthony Russo. “It was very important to us that we go younger with the character because what we love about Spider-Man is that he’s still a high school student. That’s a part of his vulnerability and it’s what makes him special in the Marvel Universe; he’s very unique. We wanted to play to that aspect of the character. We also wanted to think about ‘Who is Spider-Man today?’ A lot of times when you get interpretations of Spider-Man, they’re very nostalgic to the origins of the character. Sometimes there’s an old-fashioned patina to the tone of who Spider-Man is. We wanted to think about who is Spider-Man today if he’s living in Queens, what’s the texture of his life like, what’s the texture of his relationship with his aunt who lives with him. How can we make the relationship and character very contemporary? That’s our goal with the character.”
Perhaps the most intriguing bit of information from this quote is the possible confirmation of Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) making her first appearance in Civil War. As it stands, Marvel has yet to confirm Tomei’s casting, and no set photos managed to leak out of her on set, so this is perhaps as close as we’ll get to an official confirmation on her casting until the film hits in May.
Along with questions concerning the introduction of Spider-Man, the directing duo Was also asked about the high stakes our favorite characters will endure as they come to blows in Civil War and how those stakes will only continue to increase with Avengers: Infinity War.
“The stakes of both Civil War and the Avengers: Infinity War movies are gonna be very high, and there will be a price to pay [for?] a lot of characters,” replied Joe Russo. “And that’s the whole point of cumulative storytelling. We’re going to go on emotional journeys with these characters. We’ve got a lot invested in the emotion. We have responsibilities to be mindful of how these people feel about the characters and, at the same time, we also have a responsibility to carry through on the storytelling. As filmmakers, we believe in stakes. You can’t have good storytelling without strong stakes. So, there will be a price to pay in Civil War. There will be characters that… [Inaudible].” As for the Avengers: Infinity War event, the co-director says that “the stakes will be raised to a whole new level” and that “people should expect to be shocked when they see the movies.”
While some will surely miss Joss Whedon at the helm of the Avengers franchise when it comes to Avengers: Infinity War, it’s clear that the Russo brothers understand how to go about telling a good story with strong stakes. Let’s also not forget that they’ve directed one of the best – possibly two of the best – films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to date. So when it comes to the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, having the Russo brothers steering the course is a pretty damn good thing and I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us fans!
You can watch the full interview with the Russo brothers below. (A potential spoiler: They do seemingly confirm the fate of at least two characters going into Infinity War.)
Captain America: Civil War will hit movie theaters on May 6th, 2016.
Source: Comic Book Movie.