The Russo Brothers Discuss Their Approach To The Characters Of ‘Captain America: Civil War’

When Marvel Studios first announced that they would be moving forward with Captain America: Civil War, many fans started questioning their decision, mainly because the comic book storyline of the same name is jam-packed with characters, which means that it would be difficult to adapt it without overshadowing some of the under-developed heroes. Many believe that it would have been better if this was another Avengers movie, instead of a Captain America solo outing, but if that recent trailer is any indication, it looks like the directors have done a pretty good job so far with the limited screentime that they have in their disposal.

During a recent interview at Wizard World New Orleans, Captain America: Civil War directors Joe and Anthony Russo spoke with about how they’re planning to satisfy the fans of some of the less-established superheroes in this movie. Here’s what they had to say:

That’s a really good question. I mean, my brother and I, we’ve always loved ensemble storytelling. And if you look at a lot of our work, we worked in ensembles a lot from our first movie Welcome to Collinwood to our television shows. We love ensembles, but I think we’re kind of in tune to the idea of telling the story that has more than a single protagonist. We like that kind of story. We like depth storytelling. We like layered storytelling. Joe and I, as we were developing the script with the writers, we like to pick a path and look at the script from every different character’s point of view. Even though it’s Cap’s movie, and the ultimate way we decide where to go with the film is filtered through Cap’s perspective, we do take time and walk ourselves through the story from every single character’s point of view as if its their movie.

We know how important these characters are. We love these characters ourselves. We know that there’s somebody sitting out there in the audience whose favorite character is that one, even if that character has only a few scenes in the movie. We want to make sure everyone’s coming to the movie and it’s going to get a lot of satisfaction and have a lot of fun with what’s being done with their favorite character in the movie, regardless of who it is. We work really hard to do a lot and do something special with characters who may only have limited screen time in the film.

What do you guys think? Are you looking forward to seeing some of your favorite heroes duking it out on the big screen? Sound-off your thoughts in the comment section below.

Captain America: Civil War hits theaters on May 6th, 2016.


Michael Bezanidis

Michael Bezanidis

Michael is the Managing Editor of Heroic Hollywood. When he's not playing video games, he's usually writing about film and television.