The Russo Brothers are looking to shake up the Captain America franchise again with Civil War, and after going into Captain America: Winter Soldier with a political thriller mentality, the duo plans to take Steve Rogers in another new, dark direction.
Speaking with Collider, Joe and Anthony Russo describe Civil War as a “psychological thriller,” explaining that “it divides these people that you’ve known to not only be a team, but Cap and Natasha… So, it’s a closer group of people that’s being divided. That’s a difficult thing to do.”
The Russos promised that they’re balancing the heavy themes of the film, having worked hard to inject it with a lighter, humorous bent courtesy of the large cast of characters.
“There’s a good portion of [Civil War] that’s actually funnier than Winter Soldier, because there are characters in that film, that come from worlds where the tone is more comedic. Not all the characters in that movie have the same history as the Avengers,” they said, possibly hinting at Ant-Man’s involvement
Of course, another character who hasn’t had the same history as the Avengers is Spider-Man, and he’s someone the Russos explain they fought hard to have included in the film.
“It was a very long process [to have Spider-Man in the movie]. Kind of thing we had to lobby for for months,” they said. “So, by the time we found out that he’d be in the movie, it wasn’t so much elation than like ‘Thank God! We don’t have to blow the whole movie up.’”
The directors have previously stated that they took a “personal approach” to the web slinger’s inclusion in Civil War, though they remained tight lipped about his exact involvement. “That character helps us balance out the tone of the movie,” they said.
Read the full clips from Collider’s interview to hear more from them about Civil War and how “this has been the easiest post-process we’ve ever had on a film,” where they are in the process of making the two-part Avengers: Infinity War, and more. And for more on the upcoming film, Black Panther, Black Widow and more, check out EW’s full preview coverage.