Anthony Russo Comments On Serious Tone Of ‘Civil War’; Spider-Man & Ant-Man Provide Comic Relief

We’re a little under six months from the highly-anticipated Captain America: Civil War hitting theaters and just recently got our first look at the film. The film’s first trailer definitely played it straight and kept the humor to a minimal. Could this be Marvel Studios most serious release to date? Co-director Anthony Russo believes so and commented on the subject while speaking at Comic-Con Experience in Brazil.

The film definitely has a more serious tone I think than any other Marvel [Studios] movie yet.And that’s kind of natural to the process because you’re really gonna turn these heroes, who have been friends and partners, against one another. and if we’re gonna have them fight for a whole movie to the end, there has to be a serious issue because these are smart people, they’re likeable people; they’re not villains, they’re good guys. And so you have to think very hard about a very complex situation that’s gonna put them in conflict with one another for an entire movie.

It can’t be all serious though. With a tone such as the one described by Russo, it’s going to need a bit of comic relief to even things out. According to the co-director, that aspect will be provided by some of the characters that pop up later in the conflict.

At the same time, not all the characters in the movie have the same investment in the conflict. There are certain characters that come into the story a little later who don’t have the same baggage that the Avengers have in terms of what’s going on in the film. So they don’t have as much darkness to deal with in the film, so they can be a little lighter and more fun. I think the movie has a healthy balance between very serious, interesting and very surprising storytelling, and sort of light, fun wits and humor.

The co-director then confirmed that “characters like Spider-Man and Ant-Man enter the story a little later” will be the ones to provide said comic relief. Of course someone is going to complain, but if this indeed Marvel’s most serious (coming from the guys that made The Winter Soldier…I believe it) project to date, it’s definitely going to need some humor. Who better to provide it than those two characters? Let us know your thoughts on the matter in the comments section below.

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