CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR Writers On Comic Story And Chadwick Boseman As 'Black Panther'

Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely are careful not to go into specifics, but the Captain America: Civil War scribes do comment on a Peggy Carter-Tony Stark dynamic, Black Panther and more.

While attending the Television Critics Association press tour today for their writing/ exec producing duties on Marvel and ABC's Agent Carter miniseries, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely were eventually pressed about their work on the highly-anticipated Captain America: Civil War. Without going into details about the plot, the screenwriters did discuss a potential dynamic between Peggy Carter and Tony Stark, the casting of Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa aka the Black Panther, and of course the "Civil War" source material. "As we have not started shooting, and I’m on my fourth draft of many, that question (of who Peggy was to Tony Stark) has been in and out all over the place so who knows," McFeely told IGN. "So many things can shake out but we’ve had conversations and we pitched scenes. Some stay and some don’t. But...we saw (Peggy) in Winter Soldier, so we know she’s around." About the casting of Chadwick Boseman as the King of Wakanda, McFeely said he'd keep details about the character "close to the vest, but I’m very gratified that they went with Chadwick and that he said yes because he’s a good get."

Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely then talked about their reactions to the comic book event that Captain America: Civil War is evidently based upon. "There’s a depth of myth (to the Civil War storyline)," explained McFeely. "People asked this earlier at our other panel, why now? Why are comic books so prevalent? Why are these movies doing so well? In some ways, we’ve become a genre that you can do well now given the world of computers and perhaps it’s also just a time in the sun. You went to the movies in the 50’s and 60’s you went to a western. So at this point, you’re going to a superhero movie. It’s taking over that same black hat, white hat myth-making surface. I don’t have a much smarter answer than that." When asked how long a big-screen adaptation of the storyline was in the cards, the writing duo admitted that it had been "on and off" due to the ever-evolving Marvel Cinematic Universe. "It’s been on and off the table for a while and it’s a challenge to do it and make sure that all the characters that we’ve established, and everyone’s established are serviced and sound correct," said McFeely. "Because there’s a difference between characters in Civil War, which was written in 2006, 2007. There isn’t a Robert Downey Jr. or Chris Evans who has helped create the character so we need to make sure that that template gets adjusted and what have you in order to make sure it services these characters."

Furthermore, McFeely went on to discuss writing Chris Evans' lines for the third time, comparing him to a certain late two-time Oscar winner: "I might be repeating myself. He’s Gary Cooper for me. Him as cap is gary Cooper. He can do a lot with stillness and because Cap is usually right and usually held up to be right, people want to be lead by him. So, that’s one of the things I like about Chris is that he brings, remember the parts he played before this. He was uber charming. He was hilarious. He still has that. You still like him. But it’s the fact that he’s holding that back that makes you lean in to him. Turns out he was the perfect guy because there’s a depth to him."

Directed by Joe & Anthony Russo, Captain America: Civil War stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Chadwick Boseman, Frank Grillo, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie & Daniel Brühl, with appearances by Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, and Samuel L. Jackson expected. The film opens May 6, 2016  
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