With Captain America: Civil War a little over two months away, Marvel Studios has released some new stills from the May 6 film — which will feature Chris Evans' Cap clashing with his Avengers ally Iron Man in a fight over who controls the actions of the world's superheroes. In this shot, Cap and Falcon (Anthony Mackie) are called in to answer for a mission gone wrong, and T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman), the prince of Wakanda — a.k.a. Black Panther — is among those evaluating their actions.
Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow is another figure torn between her allegiance to Cap and her sense that the powerful should have to answer to the people they protect. "Her superpowers, if you want to call them that, are her experience, her ability to make usually the right decision in a quick moment, in a tight minute," Johansson tells EW. "And she’s not personally invested. I mean, that’s what she tells herself anyway."
Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man is flanked by his old friend Col. Rhodes, a.k.a. War Machine (Don Cheadle). This time, he finds himself the antagonist, trying to force Cap to bend to the superhero registration program. “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," Downey says. "This guy understands problems ‘cause he is a problem. And he tends to create problems.”
“In most of the movies, there’s no question who we should be siding with,” Evans told EW during a break between shots. “We all agree Nazis are bad, aliens from space are bad. But this movie’s the first time where you really have two points of view. There’s really no wrong answer here and it’s just a matter of who we are as men: Tony Stark and myself. Which side of the aisle do we come down on? So it’s hard for [Cap]. It becomes a question of morality and I don’t think he’s ever been so uncertain with what right and wrong is.”
Black Panther aligns himself with Team Iron Man, partly because he harbors a grudge against Cap's friend The Winter Soldier, whom he blames for a terrible attack. But that doesn't mean Black Panther's position is fixed. “I think this is something true of the comic book character and the movie. You never quite know where he stands," Boseman says. "There’s always a bit of concealing and mystery. So I think mysterious is more his boat. Not to say there’s not charm and he can’t be a ladies’ man and all that. It’s more like if there is humor, it’s more like James Bond.”
Evans seen here with Anthony Russo, who is directing with his brother, Joe. The pair also directed Cap's previous solo outing, 2014's The Winter Soldier. “How do you move forward from a moment where people who used to love each other and were on the same side, now hate each other and are trying to hurt each other?” Anthony Russo tells EW. “[Cap is] such a strong, grounded, morally centered, ethically centered character. You can beat at him pretty hard as a hero, to try to crack that strength — both morally and physically.”
Evans (right) and The Winter Soldier actor Sebastian Stan (left) confer with the Russo brothers. "The story is about family. And what happens if they don’t agree,” says Joe Russo (back left). “We’ve been comparing it to a fight at a wedding. What happens when your cousin and your brother go at it, and whose side are you on, and where does it go from there?”
"This movie certainly deals with what’s happened to him," Sebastian Stan says of Bucky Barnes, who found himself brainwashed as the assassin known as The Winter Soldier. "I mean, what have we gotten as a result of Bucky and the Winter Soldier? You know, here’s the guy when you merge the two. This is what came out. To me, he’s never really going to be Bucky Barnes again. There’s going be recognizable things about him, but his path through the [experiences of] Winter Soldier is always going be there, haunting him. He recognizes his past, but at the same time he’s sort of a new character, too."
"My hope for the Widow is, we’ve certainly grown from film to film," Johansson says. "We’re building these different layers of her character. And seeing her, I think we’ve kind of grown together. She’s very capable — and I think she’s emotionally capable. I think you’ll see her coming into her own in this story."