Brother against brother. In 2006 and 2007, Marvel gave this age-old story the superhero treatment with Civil War, writer Mark Millar’s crossover storyline that had the entire world of characters choosing sides behind either Captain America or Iron Man. Around the same time, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige was putting together the interlocked Marvel Cinematic Universe that would kick off in 2008. “Reading those Civil War comic books at the time, it felt like, ‘Wouldn’t it be amazing to someday do something like this,” he says. “The fact that that day has come is very gratifying.” Here’s a look at the Team Cap posters from Captain America: Civil War, out May 6.
In Civil War, Anthony Mackie’s Falcon (a.k.a. Sam Wilson) is not only hunting the Winter Soldier (a.k.a. Bucky Barnes,) he’s trying to figure out what happened in Age of Ultron (a.k.a. that time a whole city fell out of the sky.) “We find Sam still looking for Bucky,” says Mackie. “Checking in with Cap and gettin’ Cap back on course after everything went down in the last Avengers, I basically have to get him back on track to find Bucky. So that’s where we start off in this one.”
Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man brings some comic relief to the heavy atmosphere of Civil War. In footage teased at Disney’s D23 convention, we see his Scott Lang geeking out on Captain America, shaking his idol’s hand. And shaking it some more. And then some more. “I’m shaking your hand too long,” he says. Then he wheels around and gawps at Scarlet Witch. “I know you, too! You’re great!” he says, trying (and failing) to play it cool. “I want to say I know you know a lot of super people, so thinks for thanking of me,” Lang tells Cap. Then he pauses. Blinks. “Thanks for thinking of me,” he corrects himself.
Sebastian Stan’s Bucky Barnes is on a redemption quest after being brainwashed into the killing machine known as the Winter Soldier. “It doesn’t just suddenly all come back to him, just because he’s learned certain things about himself,” Stan says. “It’s not like he immediately has all these emotions and feelings and points of view about people and families that he’s dealt with — or Steve. The knowledge is there, but the emotions aren’t explored yet, which also makes it very interesting to play.”
Here’s an example of a hero not choosing the side you might expect. Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye finds himself aligned with Captain America against Iron Man’s Tony Stark and the idea that the governments of the world should have authority over the actions of superheroes. “Hawkeye is a government agent, or was,” says Christopher Markus, who co-wrote the Civil War script with Stephen McFeely. “He should be on Tony’s side — but then you’re like, well, he also doesn’t like anybody telling him what to do.”
Although Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch is now part of the new Avengers team, she’s more alone than ever. In Civil War, she’s still [SPOILER ALERT] grieving the loss of her twin brother, Quicksilver. “I think Scarlet Witch is a little bit more of a complex character because now she’s pulled apart from her twin,” says Civil War executive producer Nate Moore. “You know, that death was rough — but it wasn’t taken lightly.”