We are now under the two month mark until Captain America: Civil War will be released and it can not get here soon enough. While we await the second full trailer for the movie, which we are hoping drops this week, the embargo lifted today for sites to release what they learned at their set visits from last year.
So far today we have shown Team Cap character posters as well as some details on Zemo and the opening. ScreenRant was among the group of outlets that visited the set and released an interview they took part of with Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen.
The wide ranging interview focuses a lot on the past and future of each of the characters. Last we saw, both of them had slightly different lives after Avengers: Age of Ultron. Hawkeye went back to being a family man and Scarlet Witch became a New Avenger. When we pick up with her this time around, she is in a different place as well.
Olsen: We leave Scarlet Witch without a home, without a family, and she ends up creating a surrogate family within the Avengers and making a decision to be a part of the team. I think a lot of that has to do with what Jeremy’s character – like his attitude towards her and the speech he gives her at the end of the film. So we pick up with her having started a new life, but still trying to figure out what her abilities are and if using them causes greater good or greater damage.
Unlike Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye has not been in the field fighting bad guys. As he gets drawn back into the fight, he has to leave his family behind. Getting back to his family is certainly a motivating factor for him.
Renner: I think that’ll always be there for [Clint] Barton, right? You have real life, and then you have fight life. [Laughs] And that’s the character that I love now – discovering that in him makes him a very sort of accessible Avenger. That’ll always be there, I’m sure. And it certainly plays in this one.
Hawkeye was responsible for calming Scarlet Witch down in the heat of battle against Ultron, and in doing so, started the beginning of what could be a budding friendship. Both actors teased that their relationship will be further explored in Civil War.
Renner: Yeah, I think there’s a great connection between these two characters for sure.
Olsen: Yeah, totally. I do think in this film we try to tie together that their relationship has gotten stronger – that their friendship has gotten stronger from the last film, sure.
Friendships and relationships have been a big part of the MCU so far, and in Civil War, it will be no different. This has made some wonder how hard these teams are fighting against each other. Renner says that they are definitely divided but do not want to necessarily kill their friends.
Renner: I don’t know – I mean I can’t totally talk about why we divide, but… it’s interesting because we’re doing this scene today that’s sort of the pinnacle of that. Two gangs fighting against each other, ultimately knowing that… ya know, it’s like friends fighting friends. To me it’s fun, personally [laughs], but… no one wants to kill each other…
In the Civil War comic run, there were traitors on both sides and rumors have circulated that there may be one in the movie as well. For Hawkeye, there is no hard decision.
Renner: Nah he’s not a spy like Natasha – she’s a little more slippery in her decision-making, maybe. But Barton is a pretty brass tacks kind of guy. Kinda get the job done so I can go home. So I don’t think it’s very difficult for him to decide.
At the end of Age of Ultron, Vision saved Scarlet Witch from her impending death and gave us hope that they may explore the romantic relationship they share in the comics. Olsen does not confirm whether or not they get romantic, but they do share a bond.
Olsen: Yeah I mean I think there’s something unique in the fact that her powers come from the same thing that powers him, and that is how we’ve made them have that kind of… that specifically in common, as opposed to it being something else that the comics kind of created, which has been pure romance. But they do have something uniquely special because of that.
As she becomes more aware of her abilities and comfortable as a team member, Scarlet Witch’s powers are waiting to be shown fully. Olsen says that will be the case and we’ve seen glimpses of it in the brief footage she’s shown in.
Olsen: Yeah, you’ll see her do some things that she didn’t get to do in the first one.
I think part of that comes from time’s passed, and she’s been in an environment where training is part of the thing. It’s not like we do a montage of her discovering her powers like in every X-Men film [laughs] but yeah, there’s no montage. But she does have these new abilities that we pick her up with.
She also has voiced her dis-likening of Stark for his role in the death of her parents. Thanks to her maturity, she appears to have moved on and accepted what happened.
Olsen: No, I think she by this point has learned that Stark’s not specifically responsible for her parents’ death – that it’s more something that has to do with him stopping… I think there’s even a reference to him stopping his selling of weapons because they cause damage.
So far both Hawkeye and Scarlet Witch have only appeared in group movies, and with plenty of people wanting more and more Marvel movies, could either of them get their own movie? Both actors have not asked for one so far, but they have progressed. Hawkeye in particular will be showing off a new skill set as a master staff wielder.
Renner: Yeah there’s always something different. He’s still limited to what he can do – ya know, no super powers, just a high skill set. But they have a cool thing – this time I learn very quickly… um, bow. ‘Cause in the first Avengers he had that short bow that cracks open, and then I can crack and close with a staff. So now I’m a master with a staff apparently. I have to learn that today. [laughter]
So there’s that, and then there’s always things you can do with the tips. Except for this, what they call the arrow tips, they’ll all be non-lethal cause again we’re not trying kill anybody, just sort of take control of the situation. They’ll probably throw in a lot of gimmicks with the tips and trick arrows, and things like that. And ya the new, cool… I love this costume the most of them all so far, the one I’ve got. It’s got a cool vibe to it. Very very very cool. I like it – it’s very comfortable. I’m still hot, but it’s fantastic, I love it. And it’s got cooler colors… I like it.
Civil War will also be a movie that brings in and connects plenty of characters together. Two of those characters are Ant-Man and Black Panther, not to mention Spider-Man. Bringing in these characters only makes the universe that much bigger.
Olsen: It broadens the globe of Marvel. I mean they’re doing an Ant-Man film, so getting him for part of this makes sense.
There has so far been no exploration of the crazy side that Scarlet Witch has in the comics. Olsen has previously called her a wildcard which could make some people fear her. Do they? Well, Renner thinks Hawkeye does at least.
Renner: I think he’s afraid of her.
Olsen: Yeah I think so. I think people do fear her abilities and no one’s quite really sure what they fully are because she’s not either.
Captain America: Civil War is scheduled to hit theaters May 6, 2016.