Directors Anthony and Joe Russo definitely have more surprises up their sleeves as they revealed during a recent interview with ScreenRant about what fans can expect on Captain America: Civil War. Up until now, legion of fans of the ever-growing MCU franchise has been hot on the discussions whether it’s a good move to have our good guys pitted against each other. From the philosophical to the highly entertaining, these debates centered on the characterizations of our Marvel superheroes as they struggle with their inner turmoil of standing for their principles, sacrificing their friendships and former allegiances. As many of us will agree, facing these fundamental issues are more agonizing and painful than actually exchanging and receiving blows from a once loyal friend.
Perhaps with these things in mind, the Russo brothers opted to create a full 15 minutes length of the battle scene that will rock the Avengers at its very core. As they shared with ScreenRant, they took advantage of the latest technology offered by IMAX and ARRI’s 2D digital camera – a new state-of-the-art HD device taking advantage of ARRI’s new large format Alexa 65 – turning this 15-minute brawler action scene as the film’s “action centerpiece”. Take note that this is somehow expected since the movie itself features more than a dozen superheroes, and brothers Anthony and Joe Russo must ensure that all of them and their actions are treated and conveyed properly. With the theme of Civil War itself, it’s kind of hard to put down the dividing line who is the hero and who is the villain.
According to Joe Russo, this is the only scene that they have filmed for the IMAX, and the only one that they did using ARRI’s digital camera. Joe also confirmed that they will be employing the same technology in filming the entire Infinity War once they begin shooting. Using this technology will help capture, not just the wow factors of the movie’s special effects which Disney-Marvel is very much known for – but also the minute, internal struggles each of the heroes has to deal with in the midst of chaos and destruction.
Bob Chipman of Screenrant says, “The premium aspect-ratio, exclusive to official IMAX productions, will help increase the sense of depth and immersion necessary to place audiences in the middle of what is certain to be a chaotic moment in the story, which finds past and present members of The Avengers bitterly divided over a new government initiative to regulate the activities of superheroes.”
Civil War may perhaps highlight the deterioration between alliances among past and present Avengers, but also shows new bonds forged among Ant Man and the African King T’Challa, also known as the Black Panther. War Machine, Vision, Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye, Sharon Carter and The Winter Soldier (Bucky Barnes) will have to take their stand as well. There are no surprises here, but knowing Marvel’s fondness for certain, ‘oh wait, there’s more’ moments, we can safely assume that more surprises are on its way. After all, Spider Man has gotten unusually quiet recently.
Captain America: Civil War will make its debut in US cinemas on May 6, 2016.