Yesterday we got the Team Cap character posters for Captain America: Civil War. Today, Marvel Studios released the opposing side’s one-sheets: Team Iron Man. The Avengers allies will face off in the May 6 movie over whether the governments of the world should control the actions of superheroes. Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark is in favor of oversight and restriction, while Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers believes he should be able to go it alone. “I’m not having to patter around what I think the worldview is,” Downey tells EW. “I wholeheartedly agree with what [Tony] does in this.” Here’s a look at the other posters from the Joe and Anthony Russo-directed film…
Natasha Romanoff’s allegiance to Team Iron Man is shaky at best, says Black Widow star Scarlett Johansson. “I think Natasha’s a very strategic thinker and that’s her strongpoint. Her superpowers, if you want to call them that, are her experience, her ability to make the right decision in a quick moment,” she says. “And she’s not personally invested. I mean, that’s what she tells herself anyway.”
“War Machine is back,” executive producer Nate More says. But he also stresses that Don Cheadle’s Lt. Col. James Rhodes is struggling to figure out where he stands on this divide. “Here’s somebody that would seem to be aligned a certain way. That doesn’t mean that’s where he’s going end up, you know. And who is Rhodey? Sometimes I think he becomes just the cavalry. He’s the guy who just supports Tony because Tony said so. I think Don Cheadle brings to the character a point of view that doesn’t always get to be expressed because he’s not always, you know, the main character in a film. But I think, in our film, he serves a very specific function and has some really emotional moments.”
Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther has a serious grievance against Cap’s friend, the Winter Soldier, which places him at Iron Man’s side. Civil War will also introduce the complex politics of his fictional African nation of Wakanda — and the legacy of his ruling family. “There definitely is a sort of tradition that he’s torn between, in terms of how things were done in the past and how things need to happen now in this new world,” says Boseman. “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 [just] his father’s legacy, but the entire nation of Wakanda. I think those are the things you will see.”
Civil War screenwriters Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus say the Vision was a character who initially stood on Team Cap before switching to Team Iron Man in a later draft. Since the Paul Bettany synthezoid only made his first appearance in Age of Ultron, he didn’t have the depth of history that made his allegiance obvious. “Vision came out of being part Ultron and part Tony,” Markus says. “And part —”
“Snips and snails and puppy-dog tails,” McFeely adds.
“He’s got some vibranium, he’s got a space jewel in his head,” Markus says.
“You line them all up, and you go, ‘Okay, these people are in play — what’s the best, interesting arc for them, and what arc to we want to tell?’” McFeely says. “Some people have switched sides over the course of the drafts for the thing that would get the most out of them.”