Chris Evans Explains Civil War Conflict and Black Panther’s Role


In addition to the recently released, high definition Civil War still (above) featuring Captain America, Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye and Bucky ‘Winter Soldier’ Barnes, Chis Evans sat down with our friends at Empire Magazine and dished some respectable dirt on Cap’s struggle and conflicted perspective in the forthcoming Marvel film. I mean, Cap’s kind of wearing the outlaw hat in this one, so he’s definitely wrestling with a veritable gaggle of heavier expectations. Testify, Chris Evans!

“This is one of the first times Steve doesn’t know what side he’s on or what the right answer is. With the first Captain America [movie], I think we can all agree that Nazis are bad. The aliens are no good either; we can all get on board with that notion. This conflict is more mirroring that which we deal with on a daily basis, where it’s just different points of view. There’s no clear right, no clear wrong, and it’s hard for him to understand the right move.”  

Evans also talked about the involvement of (Prince or King) T’Challa, the Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), and how he’s a representative of those caught in a super-human crossfire. “There’s collateral damage to the action we’ve taken, and there’s going to be people with different points of view to ours who cause us to regret our actions.” He continued, “Black Panther has a certain cachet and class, so to have him come down the way he does, it provides the audience with someone to identify with.”

In another interview with Cineplex, Evans elaborated further on the conflict between Cap and Iron Man (Steve and Tony), and how it actually mirrors societal concerns.

“There’s a great parallel that they draw between my character and Tony Stark,” he said. “It’s something we can all relate to in terms of how we perceive our own society and culture, in terms of what is best for people. You can go right down to Democrat & Republican; everyone has a different opinion of what’s best.

Chris then touched on the conflict created by the existence of a team like the Avengers, a concentration of incredibly powerful individuals capable of accomplishing great things, but equally destructive while offering protection from extremely unnatural occurrences. “You have this team of people who are destroying every city they go to, but they’re saving the world. So it’s a matter of, do we monitor these people or do we let them monitor themselves? The beautiful thing with Civil War is that no one’s right and no one’s wrong; it’s just your personal opinion. We’re going to have a nice evolution where you have a guy like Cap, who grew up with structure — he was a soldier and he liked hierarchy, he liked the chain of command. Now, all of a sudden, you have a guy who used to love the system not so sure about trusting it. And a guy like Tony Stark, who used to buck the system and dance to the beat of his own drum all of a sudden thinking, maybe we need some order.”