Entertainment Weekly (EW) is once again taking sides for May 6’s “Captain America: Civil War” with four separate covers that begins with Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) on one cover for Team Cap, and ends with Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Vision (Paul Bettany) for Team Iron Man.
Right in the middle of the two covers, as we know: first super-soldier Avenger Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) with Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Ant-Man, and armored billionaire Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) with War Machine (Don Cheadle) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson).
“Captain America: Civil War” will begin the summer blockbuster civil war, as well as starting EW’s cover story: “With great power comes great animosity”. That quote is true because of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man joining Team Iron Man. Another reason: the film finds the united Avengers being divided, as the government worries with that unlimited great power such as theirs requires even greater oversight and greater regulation. Stark believes that this is a necessary precaution, but Rogers doesn’t think so. Soon, tension between the two assembles onto the rest of the Avengers – reaching its climax when Cap decides to lay down his life for his long-lost friend Bucky, who was programmed by the evil HYDRA organization to be their top assassin: the Winter Soldier, who’s been targeted for revenge by T’Challa, whose costume is made from the same vibranium that was used to make the shield of Captain America, the real shield for liberty and freedom.
“It’s like if there were nuclear weapons, the world leaders would come together at the U.N. and decide who should have them,” Boseman said. “It’s the same thing with superheroes. [Black Panther] has an interest in making sure this power doesn’t go without some restraints and control and some limitations.”
Limitations are why Stark is for superhero registration: so they can be in check, or else he and the Avengers are no better than the bad guys. Rogers disagrees, though, why is why Iron Man decides to put out the perfect teeth of Captain America, who will unleash his dark side.
“It doesn’t break down very cleanly in the movie,” stated Joe Russo, who directed the film with his brother Anthony. “There’s a theme of brotherhood and rivalry between Cap and Tony that goes to some very complicated places.”
The summer film preview issue of Entertainment Weekly (EW) comes out Friday.