Director Joe Russo Says At Its Core, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR Is A "Love Story"

Before you get ahead of yourself, no, it's not that kind of love story. Joe Russo explains how Civil War will further explore the brotherly bond between Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes.

"I'm with you till the end of the line."

It's been hard to categorize Captain America: Civil War into one specific genre as the directors and cast members have gone on record at different points in time to describe it as a variety of things from psychological thriller to an all-out war movie and more. Now, we have an all-new description from co-director Joe Russo: "a love story."

However, it should be noted that it's obviously not your run-of-the-mill Jerry Maguire-type love story as there's absolutely no romantic element involved. He's describing the story of a fraternal love shared between Steve Rogers & Bucky Barnes, who are two friends, two soldiers, two brothers that have withstood the test of time. Russo explains further: "What’s fascinating about the Cap-Bucky story as well is it’s a love story, These are two guys who grew up together, and so they have that same emotional connection to each other as brothers would, and even more so because Bucky was all Steve had growing up.” As Rogers has made it abundantly clear in the two trailers, Bucky's his friend through thick and thin and he's going to do everything in his power to protect him, even if that means taking down his new friend Tony Stark, but is Bucky worth saving? "Is he good or is he bad?" Russo adds, which raises another interesting question: what truly is Bucky's agenda? And can he really be trusted? Or is he too far gone? "Steve has to answer that question for himself, and there are other characters in the movie who hold the opposite point of view. It becomes a very explosive. It incites a lot of conflict."

Sebastian Stan (The Martian), who portrays the Winter Soldier, backtracked on the love story talk and more appropriately likened Cap & Bucky's dynamic to the dynamic shared between Will Smith (Suicide Squad) & Martin Lawrence (Partners) in the two Michael Bay-directed Bad Boys movies, describing their bond as a brotherhood: "I think it’s easy and generalizing it to say that they’re lovers, when you’re forgetting that one has a lot of guilt because he swore to be the protector of the other, the father figure or older brother so to speak, and then left him behind. I have no qualms with it but I think people like to see it much more as a love story than it actually is. It’s brotherhood to me."

So, what do you guys think? Sound off with your thoughts below!


“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.

Captain America: Civil War will feature:
Directors: Anthony & Joe Russo
Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America
Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man
Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow
Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier
Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon
Paul Bettany as The Vision
Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye
Don Cheadle as Jim Rhodes/War Machine
Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch
Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man
Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa/Black Panther
Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter/Agent 13
Daniel Brühl as Baron Helmut Zemo
Frank Grillo as Brock Rumlow/Crossbones
William Hurt as General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross
Martin Freeman as Everett Ross
Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter
Marisa Tomei as May Parker
Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man

Captain America: Civil War hits theaters May 6

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