Joe Russo Compares Captain America: Civil War Movie To Comics

On Saturday, the Russo brothers all but took over Wizard World New Orleans. The sibling directors of the upcoming Captain America: Civil War movie offered free photos and autographs at their booth throughout the weekend but also were featured in three panels in just one day!

During those panels, the directors took tons of questions from fans. While many fans asked silly questions like, "Who wins in a fight, Howard the Duck or Hawkeye?" some brought up some interesting questions which warranted some juicy answers.

In particular, one young lady asked the brothers how closely Captain America: Civil War will follow the Civil War comic books. Joe Russo took charge on answering.

"The Marvel Cinematic Universe is based upon all the movies that have preceded it. It's the Cinematic Universe, it's not the comic book universe. We don't have the issues that the comics do. We don't have all the daring storylines that they do and tie-ins to create what was required to make the original Civil War comics storyline. We're taking the concept of Civil War, the core concept of it, and we're applying it to our storytelling in the Cinematic Universe in its own way. We have to find stories that work within the Cinematic Universe to tell their story. I think you'll see when you see the movie, you'll understand how it takes what's come before and builds upon it to create this conflict.

"I think our job is to surprise you. As a comic book fan, I don't want to go in and see what I already know. I prefer to go in and be surprised. I like when a story teller throws a left curve at me and I'm surprised. That's why I want to go see the movie. A literal adaptation, I should just go read the book again. I think that's what's interesting about different movies. We have two hours and they have years worth of issues."

-Joe Russo

One of the notable differences so far is the inclusion of Bucky in the Civil War movie. The Winter Soldier storyline was not a factor in Marvel's Civil War comics, however, the first trailer for the film portrayed Bucky as a major player and focal point. Later in the panel, Joe Russo explained that the first trailer was very stylized as a follow up to The Winter Soldier but going forward fans can expect to see more of a culmination of the film and the Marvel Cinematic Universe from Civil War's previews.

What do you think? Should comic book movies follow their comic book source material more closely or is it okay for filmmakers to differentiate their take on the characters and stories?

Captain America: Civil War hits theaters May 6, 2016.

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    • cor2879
    • 345 Posts in 21 Months

    Personally I have serious doubts that they will kill off Steve Rodgers in the movie universe. Considering he is one of the more popular characters and his movies have pretty consistently good box office numbers, I have to think there would be resistance from the higher ups to taking the character out of play.

    • Slappappy
    • 27 Posts in 13 Months

    No comparison. The Civil War comic series was worth the month or so it took me to read through all of it over and over again and I don't ever, ever expect a film to capture all of that in two or three hours. I would've rather seen a 13-hour mini-series on Netflix that could've taken the time to tell the story thoroughly and develop the nuances of all the characters in it, but that will never happen in my lifetime.

    • Flash187
    • 524 Posts in 28 Months

    Having movies based or inspired by I feel is the way to go. Having some surprise is great. As long as they keep with in the spirit of the work it's based off of it'll be fine. Already knowing the end isn't good, when I see a film for the first time I like to be surprised...

    • CB120342
    • 47 Posts in 11 Months

    Even if Steve Rogers does die at the end of Civil War, he's going to be revived somehow in Infinity War, even if it wasn't until Part Two. In an article I read last month about the film said "As for Cap's relationship with Black Widow, Joe Russo says,"They do care very deeply for each other, I think, as much as any two characters in Avengers do."He continued, "And I think you'll see that [platonic dynmaic] again in Civil War. I think two of the most endearing scenes in the film are between Steve and Natasha. And of course, that relationship will carry forward into Infinity War." I don't think Steve & Natasha's relationship could carry forward into Infinity War if Steve was dead. 

    • Shido
    • 128 Posts in 28 Months

    In a nutshell, they (The Russos and Marvel Studios) got tempted and used the Marvel Comics event title because it would sell their picture but the MCU doesn't have the characters that the comics had and the characters sold the event. Had they stayed with Captain America The Winter Soldier Part 2 they wouldn't have had to worry about the whiplash effect. Personally, I hope the picture knocks everyone's socks off. I would love to see them bask in the glory of their Steve and Bucky story arc. 'Nuff said.

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