With the Avengers set to find themselves at loggerheads in Captain America: Civil War, we’re looking forward to some hero-on-hero fisticuffs between Cap, Iron Man and co. However, according to Anthony Mackie, the conflict will be less fight-to-the-death and more a “family dispute”.
“Nah, it’s not MMA,” said Mackie to Collider (opens in new tab). “We definitely have gloves on. It’s more a family dispute, and that’s what so great about this movie and the characters and how they work together. It’s more so when you have a sibling rivalry. The reason why people can relate to these characters so much, is because they can relate to what they’re going through. Everybody’s fought with one of their siblings or one of their friends and wanted to make up with them but couldn’t figure out how to do it.”
It’s a standpoint Chris Evans agrees with. “Well said,” responds the star. “I feel like families – you have more struggles with the people you love [because] you care about them. You can’t leave them, you have to make this work. If it’s someone you can cut out of your life, no problem. You may not get along, but you can’t just cut them out of your life.” Despite all that, it should be remembered that the film will first and foremost be a Captain America film rather than an Avengers film, with some of that character’s key relationships to be explored in more depth…
“Marvel has a lot of balls in the air,” explains Evans. “You have a lot of movies that they’re trying to bring together. When you have characters like Falcon and Winter Soldier, these movies are really compressing these storylines. In this movie alone, there’s the relationship between Cap and Falcon, the relationship between Cap and Winter Soldier… there’s a lot of things that they’re trying to marry.” We’ll see how successful they’ve been when the film hits the UK on April 29, 2016 and the US on May 6, 2016.