Chris Evans’ Captain America is used to facing villains who are clearly have evil intentions, with a clear indication of good and evil, black or white, but with the upcoming “Captain America: Civil War”, there are more shades to grey. With the political and philosophical divide that ignites the conflict at the focus of “Captain America: Civil War” previously revealed, the film’s star talked with Empire this week about the more personal motivations of the divide and how it’s difficult for Steve Rogers to handle.
Because the film is dealing with a difference of opinion, with shades of grey, Evans hints that we can expect Cap to be more of an anti-hero this time around:
“This is one of the first times Steve doesn’t know what side he’s on or what the right answer is. With the first Captain America [movie], I think we can all agree that Nazis are bad. The aliens are no good either; we can all get on board with that notion. This conflict is more mirroring that which we deal with on a daily basis, where it’s just different points of view. There’s no clear right, no clear wrong, and it’s hard for him to understand the right move.”
With Cap and Tony Stark on two sides of the conflict with their own point of view, Evans suggests we have a third aspect, Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther. He is the wild card in this scenario, and someone the audience can identify with:
“There’s collateral damage to the action we’ve taken, and there’s going to be people with different points of view to ours who cause us to regret our actions. Black Panther has a certain cachet and class, so to have him come down the way he does, it provides the audience with someone to identify with.”
The actor also spoke with Cineplex, where he went into more detail about the conflict and how his personal rift with Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) lies at the heart of it:
“There’s a great parallel that they draw between my character and Tony Stark. It’s something we can all relate to in terms of how we perceive our own society and culture, in terms of what is best for people. You can go right down to Democrat and Republican; everyone has a different opinion of what’s best… You have this team of people who are destroying every city they go to, but they’re saving the world. So it’s a matter of, do we monitor these people or do we let them monitor themselves? The beautiful thing with Civil War is that no one’s right and no one’s wrong; it’s just your personal opinion.
We’re going to have a nice evolution where you have a guy like Cap, who grew up with structure – he was a soldier and he liked hierarchy, he liked the chain of command. Now, all of a sudden, you have a guy who used to love the system not so sure about trusting it. And a guy like Tony Stark, who used to buck the system and dance to the beat of his own drum all of a sudden thinking, maybe we need some order.”
“Captain America: Civil War” opens on May 6th.