Captain America: Civil War’s Chris Evans Talks Bucky Barnes And The Division In The MCU

Credit: Marvel Studios
Credit: Marvel Studios

With the trailer for Captain America: Civil War a week old, we’re still not over it.

By still not over it, I mean that most of us are still in a puddle of emotional despair. I’m personally still wailing over “newspaper in your shoes”.

This movie will be emotional pain to a dedicated Marvel fan.

Entertainment Weekly seems especially dedicated to this cause. This week’s issue will have a cover story all about Civil War, and, while visiting the set, they learned some interesting info from Chris Evans.

First, Evans talked about how gray the film is. Each side does have a logical point that they are making based on the character’s experiences in the MCU.

He said: “We all agree Nazis are bad, aliens from space are bad. But this movie’s the first time where you really have two points of view. There’s really no wrong answer here and it’s just a matter of who we are as men: Tony Stark and myself. Which side of the aisle do we come down on? So it’s hard for [Cap]. It becomes a question of morality and I don’t think he’s ever been so uncertain with what right and wrong is.”

The morality that comes into question is about government control over superheroes via the Sokovia Accords. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) feels guilty for the actions caused by Ultron and supports government insight. Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) does not believe in this control, possibly due to the whole HYDRA infiltrated the government plot.

Also adding into Steve’s dilemma is Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan). The Winter Soldier has, seemingly, started to regain his past and memories, but people will still want him to pay for his previous actions.

And if the other two Captain America films have taught us anything? Steve will do anything to stay his Bucky.

Evans said: “But Bucky’s a different situation. He obviously couldn’t make these choices. This is — I don’t want to give too much about the plot away but Bucky’s a big piece of the puzzle in this movie just because it gives Steve something that he really hasn’t had besides Peggy, but even Peggy is well on in her life.”

This is all true. A question that will probably be raised in the film, like so many post-Winter Soldier fanfics, is should Bucky Barnes be held accountable for his actions while under HYDRA’s control as a essentially a human weapon? My answer is I don’t think he should.

It also brings up the fact that Steve still wants that person with “shared life experience” in his life. He wants someone to have the link to the past with.

“No one on this planet knew him then. No one is left. He doesn’t have any peace with his youth. He doesn’t have any peace from his life, so Bucky and whatever happens with Bucky in this movie…That’s a big piece in terms of him kind of finding his own purpose in what he’s fighting for and how that friendship can come back to life. Not just them as soldiers, but them as friends”, Evans said.

Oh my God.

I literally have nothing to say without turning this story into a thing about my OTP.

Just give me all the scenes between Evans and Stan. I will be so happy.

Watch the trailer below for more. Keep an eye out for this week’s edition of Entertainment Weekly!

Bec Heim

Senior Editor at 4YE
Rebecca "Bec" Heim is the Senior Editor for 4YE. She has a BA in English Literature from the University of Scranton. She also has an MA in Film-Radio-Television from Syracuse University and an MFA in Screenwriting from Boston University. She enjoys reading through her ever growing mountain of books, talking way too much about superheroes, and trying to reach transcendental state.
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