Joe Russo Says Captain America: Civil War Is "A Love Story"

Tuesday, 22 March 2016 - 2:20PM
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Captain America: Civil War
Tuesday, 22 March 2016 - 2:20PM
Joe Russo Says Captain America: Civil War Is "A Love Story"
Captain America: Civil War is generally thought of as an action/comic book/superhero movie, but according to co-director Joe Russo, it's also part of another genre entirely: a love story.

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"What's fascinating about the Cap-Bucky story as well is it's a love story," Russo told Empire. "These are two guys who grew up together, and so they have that same emotional connection to each other as brothers would, and even more so because Bucky was all Steve had growing up."
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We've all noticed the buddy chemistry between Steve and Bucky, and many have picked up on a homoerotic subtext between them. There are already hundreds of fan videos about the relationship online, including an amazing version of the trailer cut to Adele's "Hello."

Of course, Civil War needs to appeal to an international audience, so there pretty much no chance that this subtext will ever become text. For now, it seems that it will be a story about brotherly love (at least explicitly), and that relationship will serve to fan the flames of the conflict between Iron Man and Captain America:


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"Is he good or is he bad?" said Russo. "Steve has to answer that question for himself, and there are other characters in the movie who hold the opposite point of view. It becomes a very explosive. It incites a lot of conflict."
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Personally, I'm very hesitant about this aspect of the movie. The Civil War comics were a thoughtful exploration of an ideological conflict between freedom and security, an important and timely debate that would be much more interesting than a fight over Bucky. (Unless there actually were a romantic relationship, in which case I would be totally on board.)

Captain America: Civil War hits theaters on May 6.
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