In the newest edition of SFX Magazine, they’ve got an exclusive interview with the Russo Bros. about their highly-anticipate Marvel film, Captain America: Civil War. In it, they talk mostly about the tone of the film and how they wanted it to be completely different from anything that had come before. As Joe Russo says, “Tonally, this is unlike any Marvel movie we’ve seen before. It’s certainly got more edge and, on an emotional level, darker things happen in this movie than people have experienced in other Marvel films.”
Basically, Civil War is Marvel Studios showing that they’ve grown up, that they’ve matured and that they can tackle bigger, more nuanced themes. As we’ve seen from the trailers, it’s not just good guys punching bad guys anymore, and that’s going to lead to some very tricky waters. This is why they think of it as a Psychological thriller.
As Anthony Russo says, “In our own minds we always thought of The Winter Solider as a political thriller, and we think of Civil War as a psychological thriller. So they’re related in tone and texture, but there is a different central dynamic at work. That ‘emotional core’ rests firmly on Captain America’s shoulders, helping to keep it a Cap film and not just Avengers 2.5.”
But, admittedly, that sounds like a very drab film, something that Lego Batman would relish in, not audiences around the world. Thankfully, the Russo’s added that this is a movie where you “get to laugh and cry and be scared and be happy. That’s better than just crying.”
They wrapped their interview up saying, “So while there is an intensity to this and a psychological realism, in places it’s also a much funnier movie than Winter Soldier. Hopefully we balance the movie properly so when you watch, it moves seamlessly between those tones.”
A tip of the hat to comicbook.com for the quotes. If you want to read the whole article, you’ll need a subscription or to pick up the hard copy on newsstands now.
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