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'Captain America: Civil War': EW's complete preview of the Marvel epic

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Michael Muller; Zade Rosenthal; Marvel

Old friends make the most bitter enemies.

As part of Entertainment Weekly’s preview of Marvel’s upcoming Captain America: Civil War, here’s the complete collection of stories about that film’s clash between Chris Evans’ true-blue hero and Robert Downey Jr.’s iron-willed antagonist.

Stay tuned for more as the May 6 release of the film approaches. 

Black Panther: Meet Marvel’s fearsome Wakandan warrior

Here’s a full look at Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther. (And here’s a detailed report on what to expect from the first black comic book hero’s arrival in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.) His real name is T’Challa, and he’s the brilliant warrior-prince from a fictional African nation where vibranium (the main ingredient in Cap’s sheild) is plentiful. “I think there’s perhaps a bit of a maverick there, and then there’s also a need to live up to traditions and his father’s legacy. And not even his father’s legacy, but the entire nation of Wakanda,” Boseman says.

 

Michael Muller

Black Panther is no joke. It’d be easy to snark about how Captain America and Iron Man were barely managing to hold their alliance together until a certain black cat crossed their path, but the truth is – they both want him on their side.

Chris Evans on Cap’s fight to save his last friend

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“No one on this planet knows [Steve Rogers]. No one is left,” says Chris Evans. “So whatever happens with Bucky in this movie… That’s a big piece in terms of him kind of finding his own purpose in what he’s fighting for and how that friendship can come back to life. Not just them as soldiers, but them as friends.”

Robert Downey Jr. supports Iron Man’s heavy turn

Zade Rosenthal

Iron Man has gone from hero to antagonist. “I’ve always thought of it in some ways that Tony is the antagonist to himself in his own story, so this isn’t a problem,” Robert Downey Jr. says. “This guy understands problems ‘cause he is a problem. And he tends to create problems.” It so happens, he also doesn’t think Stark is wrong. “I’m not having to patter around what I think the worldview is,” Downey says. “I wholeheartedly agree with what he does in this.”

Scarlett Johansson on scrutiny of Black Widow storylines

This scene is set an an international intelligence operations center, with Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp), in the background with Anthony Mackie’s Falcon and Chris Evans’ Captain America, and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) on opposite sides of the glass. Carter, whose relation to his World War II flame Peggy Carter hasn’t been established yet in the films, became a love interest for Cap in the comics. “I think he’s looking,” Evan says. “You know, I think he’s certainly open to it. Sharon is obviously relevant, but … we don’t have to tie it up in one movie. So they have time.”

 

Zade Rosenthal

“That’s better than the mediocre reaction, definitely,” the actress says. “We expect that. The character is so beloved. You can only hope that people are going have opinions about it, you know? She somehow ends up always on top, even if you’re not always in agreement with how she gets there.”

The new Spider-Man will first appear in Civil War

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Feel that tingling? The question of which heroes and villains would actually turn up in Marvel’s epic culture-clash of characters has been the subject of intense speculation ever since the May 6 movie began filming last summer. We have some answers about everyone from Spidey, to the Hulk, and more.

Sebastian Stan on the Winter Soldier’s friendship and redemption

Civil War will answer this question about Cap’s old friend, turned foe, turned … something else: “What have we gotten as a result of Bucky and the Winter Soldier?” asks actor Sebastian Stan, who plays the robotic-armed assassin. “Here’s the guy when you merge the two.This is what came out. You know, he’s not entirely… to me it’s never really going to be Bucky Barnes again.”

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