Marvel’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR is now playing in theatres everywhere! Can you tell that I’m a little bit excited? If you have been following me for a while, you know that I am a HUGE Marvel fangirl and the fact that this movie has my all time favorite character in it has me so pumped to go see it. Check out these fun facts about the movie.
On June 18, 2015, on the backlot of Pinewood Atlanta Studios, the first scenes of the historic Civil War mash-up began shooting, pitting the Avengers against each other with teams led by Captain America and Tony Stark. Filmmakers nick-named the classic battle the “Splash Panel,” because it was like a double-panel illustration in a comic book. The “Splash Panel” is one of Marvel’s most epic scenes with the most interaction ever seen in a Marvel film. The sequence was shot on IMAX cameras to give fans an unforgettable immersive experience.
To bring “Captain America: Civil War” to the big screen, the filmmakers had to figure out which Avengers would side with Team Cap and which ones would ally with Team Iron Man. After careful consideration, the filmmakers decided on a split of characters that would find Sam Wilson, Bucky Barnes, Hawkeye, Ant-Man and Scarlet Witch following Captain America, with Black Widow, War Machine, Vision and Black Panther following Tony Stark.
Evans is excited about his character’s arc in “Captain America: Civil War.” “What I think is nice about where they’re pushing him is that it’s the first time Steve doesn’t really know the answer,” says Evans. “It’s always pretty cut and dry for him to know which side of the coin to fall on but this one is tricky because this conﬂict is a little more akin to a day-to-day struggle that we all go through where there are no clear lines between what is right and what is wrong. There’s just a point of view, and I think it’s hard for him to understand what the right thing to do is and what his role is this time around.”
Captain America’s fighting style is based in old-school martial arts like Judo, Karate, Tae Kwan Do and Aikido. But, Black Panther, one of the best martial artists in the Marvel Universe, has more of a flowing martial arts style based on Capoeira, which is a form of Brazilian martial arts that combines acrobatics, dance and music. There is also a Chinese influence in his style with the use of Kung Fu.
“Audiences have gotten to know Tony Stark over ﬁve ﬁlms now, so we wanted to do something diﬀ erent and challenge him emotionally in a way that he hadn’t been in any of the ‘Iron Man’ or ‘Avengers’ ﬁlms,” adds executive producer Nate Moore. “Part of that is forcing him to face his own legacy. Tony is a man who’s built amazing things like the Iron Man armor, but has also been responsible for things like Ultron. He is a character who is so complicated and to have him have to face some of the things he’s done in the past is very compelling.”
The film also features one of the most advanced automobiles in the world, which T’Challa/Black Panther drives. The filmmakers turned to Audi, who provided the production with their newest hi-tech concept car for the shoot. The stunning car has all the newest technology that Audi has but it has never been put into production. Keep an eye out for it in the movie—you won’t see it anywhere else.
You’ve probably guessed by now which team I’m on in this battle, but I have to say, I’m also really excited by the role Marvel gives to women in the films. It shows them as the strong, capable people they are and cuts right through those lines of gender inequality. I’m especially thrilled to see Emily Van Camp as Sharon Carter/Agent 13. I’ve been a fan of hers for a long time (doesn’t hurt that she’s from Port Perry, Ontario Canada either!) and I’m sure she will rock this role.
Check out this amazing video highlighting the female stars in the film, including Scarlett Johansson (“Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow”), Emily VanCamp (“Sharon Carter / Agent 13”), and Elizabeth Olsen (“Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch”)!
So, are you #TeamCap or #TeamIronMan?