Sebastian Stan Talks Captain America: Civil War, Fires Shots at DC and Zack Snyder

Friday, 18 September 2015 - 2:59PM
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Friday, 18 September 2015 - 2:59PM
Sebastian Stan Talks Captain America: Civil War, Fires Shots at DC and Zack Snyder
Sebastian Stan had a lot to say about Captain America: Civil War today. In a new interview with Collider, the Martian actor discussed Bucky's loyalties in Civil War, the mismatched teams, and the overabundance of superheroes, and threw in some shade at DC and Zack Snyder, for good measure. 

The promotional materials, particularly recent promo art that revealed Captain America and Iron Man's teams, seem to place Bucky squarely on Cap's side, but according to Stan, it's a little more complicated than that.

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You're always trying to guess what side is he on or … because he can go both ways. That's me being really lucky with a character like that where you can kind of … I mean they could write something for him tomorrow where he could be the worst assassin, the worst terrible villain, killer, whatever, or he could be this guy who is endearing, who is trying to rebuild his life so there's a lot of places to go with the character and that's exciting.
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That concept art provoked some skeptical reactions from fans about the feasibility of a fair fight, as Iron Man's team is filled with superhumans and androids while Captain America's team is primarily composed of non-super humans who happen to fight well. Stan gave his thoughts on the mismatch, and may have given away Scarlet Witch's loyalties in the process: 

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I kind of like that he doesn't really have super powers. He's got this metal arm and stuff, sort of the serum situation, but he's sort of just a dude. It's funny placing him next to the Scarlet Witch or something where she's got all the stuff- [waves his hand, imitating Wanda doing magic] I'm going, "What is he going to do? He's just going to sort of block a lot of stuff with his metal arm." But I think it's good, it's relatable. He could die at any point.
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Scarlet Witch wasn't in any of the concept art, but it would make sense that her presence on Steve's team would even the playing field. Elizabeth Olsen has teased that her character is a "wild card," but she also has a notorious hatred for Tony Stark, so it's likely that she'll join Cap's team by the end of the movie. 

Stan also commented on the common fear that Civil War just has too many superheroes, and that it will feel overcrowded and be lacking in character development, much like Avengers: Age of Ultron:

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I mean, I know everybody's treating it like there are all these Avengers in it, like it's Avengers 2.5 or something, and there's an element of that, but it's still at the end of the day very much a Captain America film. It's different from The Avengers, it's definitely its own entity, totally connects to the last Winter Soldier film, and the Russos' stamp is all over it.
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It will help if Captain America (and likely Tony Stark) are at the forefront, as that will likely make it feel more focused, but I'm still skeptical. There's only so much time in a movie, and there's a lot of pressure to service each character for the fans, which is looking to be somewhat impossible, considering the roster. But still, the Russos defied expectations with Winter Soldier, so they probably deserve the benefit of the doubt.

Stan also fanned the flames of the Marvel vs. DC debate. Recently, Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder was quoted as saying, "…I feel like Batman and Superman are transcendent of superhero movies in a way, because they're Batman and Superman. They're not just, like, the flavor of the week Ant-Man-not to be mean, but whatever it is. What is the next Blank-Man?"

So when Collider expressed the opinion that the Russos did something really special with Winter Soldier, as they essentially made a 70's political thriller that happened to star Captain America, Stan agreed, and then took it a step further, and defended Marvel movies against naysayers like Snyder:

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I'm sitting here and I'm listening to you and I'm thinking, "Do I want to fire some shots at DC right now, at Zack Snyder?" I read some of those comments where he said something about Batman and Superman, I can't remember where I read that, somewhere… Something about, "It's not going to be your flavor-of-the-week Ant-Man." And I was like, "Oh thanks, Zack. That's great. Way to do something original." But I would say we're still making something very original in our own way. I mean, the Russos are coming in and taking something people are used to and they're shaping it up and changing it in a very different way. They're not trying to mimic a better Christopher Nolan movie or something like that.
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Stan may be laboring under a misconception, as he seemed to be responding to the assertion that the film Ant-Man was the flavor of the week, while Snyder seemed to be saying that the character himself is the flavor of the week compared to classic heroes like Batman and Superman, which could easily be separate from the quality of the movie. But everyone loves a good Marvel vs DC feud, and Stan's implication that the new slate of DC films are "trying to mimic a better Christopher Nolan movie" is just harsh enough to work.

Captain America: Civil War comes out in theaters on May 6, 2016.
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