This week, MovieRamblings attended the European press conference for Captain America: Civil War. With a large audience eager to see the prestigious cast, there was certainly a buzz in the air as we waited before a red, white and blue stage.

Moderated by Edith Bowman, the event kicked off with a brief introduction before introducing the cast to the platform. In attendance was a whole array of Hollywood’s finest; Robert Downey Jr., Paul Rudd, Chris Evans, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Renner, Emily Van Camp, Daniel Bruhl, directors Anthony and Joe Russo as well as Marvel Studios president and producer, Kevin Feige.

It seems, however, that Civil War had always been in the pipeline for Marvel following its comic book publishing back in 2006. Feige felt it was important that the studio hold out long enough that they would be able to do it well and make it a reality. In response to the question asking him when Civil War came about he said –

“It was before the MCU even existed, in the early days…we were just beginning to dream about our studio and getting financing…it was an amazing comic series and I could remember reading it in the month that it came out and thinking it would probably be impossible but it would be cool someday to do this. It wasn’t until about two years ago, two and a half years ago that we thought now’s the time, we’ve assembled enough players that we could do it now”.

Following a few words from the directors, the floor opened up to the audience, all with their own light-hearted curiosities. Captain America not only welcomes back the old cast but also welcomes Chadwick Roseman as Black Panther and sees the initiation of Scott Lang as Ant-man played by Paul Rudd. When asked if there was any hazing as a newbie Avenger, Rudd insists that the whole team was very welcoming although it was perhaps “a little intimidating seeing them all in their suits”. Throughout the conference there was some light teasing amongst cast members, and as well as Paul Bettany telling myself and Rudd to “get a room”, the team’s responses and ability to bounce off one another really gave a sense that there is a genuine chemistry both on and off screen. After some witty ribbing, the conference steered more towards the underlining political and contextual analysis behind Civil War.

London UK : Anthony Mackie, Chris Evans, Paul Rudd, Robert Downey JR and Jeremy Renner attend the European Press Conference Of Marvel's "Captain America: Civil War” in London on April, 2016. (Credit : James Gillham / StingMedia for Disney)

London UK : Anthony Mackie, Chris Evans, Paul Rudd, Robert Downey JR and Jeremy Renner attend the European Press Conference Of Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” in London on April, 2016. (Credit : James Gillham / StingMedia for Disney)

Civil War sees a divide between the superheroes in a way that we’ve never seen before. Team Captain America is very much about defending their freedom from government whilst Team Ironman believes there has to be rules set in place. However, it seems that, given the choice not all the real life actors would have picked their given side. Actor Chris Evans (who plays Steve Rogers and Captain America) was quick to state that there would a great level of responsibility on the government. “You have to answer to somebody. You couldn’t just let these group of vigilantes sort it themselves. That’s the sad truth. If there really were Avengers I’d be Team Ironman for sure”.

There were, of course, some brazen questions questioning Marvel’s supposed rivalry with DC following the formation of the Justice League on the big screen. Feeling no need to defend the studio, Evans stated “I don’t think anyone up here makes movies based on what other people are doing” with Feige adding “we do because we do it really well” and Downey Jr explaining that “…when they get a Bucky when we’ll start talking”.

The conference closed with a funny story in which Anthony Mackie explained that Robert Downey Jr. introduced him to finer foods, such as quinoa, whilst joining him for lunch at Mr. Downey’s village of trailers on set. The cast joked that each day it was a fight to see who would be invited to attend. “That’s everybody’s goal every day at lunch to see whose going to get invited to the village. You get so jealous, like, the day he was invited (pointing to Daniel Bruhl), I saw him wizzing past my trailer and I’m like motherf…” he jested.

Captain America: Civil War is in cinemas on April 29th – whose side are you on?

 

Images courtesy of JamesGillham/StingMedia.co.uk

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