Watch: Russo Bros. Asked If Captain America & Winter Soldier Are Gay By The Chinese; Talk Spider-Man
Check out video below with the Russo Bros. taking part in an interview in China for Captain America: Civil War, where apparently the Chinese audience thinks Captain America and The Winter Soldier happen to be homosexual. The brothers are asked if the homosexual nature will continue in Captain America 3 and The Avengers 3.
On the relationship between Captain America and Winter Soldier (being homosexual?):
"People can interpret the relationship however they want to interpret it. For us, we’ve always interpreted the relationship as two brothers. They’re very close characters, they have a relationship with each other that is very deep. The bonds between the characters are very strong. That's what motivates the storytelling. These are both characters that came from nothing. Captain America was basically an orphan, and Bucky’s family took him in... When he was sleep for several years, he lost everything that was dear to him. And when he took the serum and became Captain America, he gave away a large part of himself for a patriotic cause. So, you have a character who is searching for the only thing that he has left from his past… and that’s Bucky. And people have interpreted that relationship all kinds of ways, and it’s great to see people argue about it what that relationship means to them. We will never define it as filmmakers, explicitly, but however people want to interpret it."
"This is a completely new version of Spider-Man that’s introduced in Civil War. He's played by an actor named Tom Holland. He's a very talented actor. It was very important to us that we wanted to go young with the character because what we love about Spider-Man is that he’s still a high school student. That’s a part of his vulnerability, and it’s what makes him special in the Marvel Universe; he’s very unique. We wanted to play to that aspect of the character. We tried to think about ‘Who is Spider-Man today?’ A lot of times when you get interpretations of Spider-Man, they’re very nostalgic to the origins of the character. Sometimes there’s an old-fashioned patina to the tone of who Spider-Man is. We wanted to think about who is Spider-Man today -- if he lived in Queens today, if he went there, what’s the texture of his life like, what’s the texture of his relationship with his aunt like, who he lives with. How can we make the relationship and character very contemporary? That was our goal with the character, while also making him very young and true to his highschool nature. I think that's the fresh part of what we are doing with Spider-Man on a character level."
On potential big things happening to major characters in Captain America 3 and Avengers 3:
"The stakes of both Civil War and the Avengers: Infinity War movies are gonna be very high, and there will be a price to pay... And that’s the whole point of cumulative storytelling. We’re going to go on emotional journeys with these characters. We’ve got a lot invested in them emotionally. We have responsibilities to be mindful of how these people feel about the characters and, at the same time, we also have a responsibility to carry through on the storytelling. As filmmakers, we believe in stakes. You can’t have good storytelling without strong stakes. So, there will be a price to pay. There will be a price to pay in Civil War. There will be characters who suffer in that movie and who come out and won't be the same again -- emotionally or physically. In Infinity War, the stakes will be raised to a whole new level. People should expect to be shocked when they see these movies."
On Captain America's new costume in Civil War:
"It is a new costume. We were trying to pull forward the work that we had done in Captain America: The Winter Soldier on Cap. So, the innovations that we made to his costume in that film are very much the tonal texture that we are pulling forward into this movie. Civil War is very much connected and rooted in The Winter Soldier. So, as far as the specifics of the costume, we don’t want to give too much away, but it is a new costume slightly different from what you’ve seen before. And it’s grounded in that Winter Soldier tone and style."
On Captain America and Black Widow:
"It was very important to us in Captain America: Winter Soldier, that relationship be platonic. That was what we thought was interesting about it. They do care very deeply for each other, but not a romantic relationship, which is the expected relationship. We wanted to play against that, but they do care very deeply for each other. I think, as much as any two characters in Avengers do. And I think you'll see that again in Civil War. His relationship with Natasha is pivotal to the movie. 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. That's our interpretation of their relationship is that this is like a brother and sister who are work-husband and work-wife. They have a real respect for each other, but they're very different; they admire the differences in each other, and they find a commonality in those differences."
"Captain America: Civil War" has a May 6, 2016 release date directed by Anthony and Joe Russo starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo, Paul Bettany, Don Cheadle, Emily VanCamp, William Hurt, Martin Freeman and Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther.
Captain America: Civil War picks up where Avengers: Age of Ultron left off, as Steve Rogers leads the new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to enlist the services of the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers while they try to protect the world from a new and nefarious villain.