On Saturday at Wizard World New Orleans the Russo Brothers who are co-directing Marvel‘s upcoming Captain America: Civil War movie took some time to lay out the differences between the original source material and their on screen adaptation.
Joe Russo took it upon himself to address the question:
“The Marvel Cinematic Universe is based upon all the movies that have preceded it. It’s the Cinematic Universe, it’s not the comic book universe. We don’t have the issues that the comics do. We don’t have all the daring storylines that they do and tie-ins to create what was required to make the original Civil War comics storyline. We’re taking the concept of Civil War, the core concept of it, and we’re applying it to our storytelling in the Cinematic Universe in its own way. We have to find stories that work within the Cinematic Universe to tell their story. I think you’ll see when you see the movie, you’ll understand how it takes what’s come before and builds upon it to create this conflict.
I think our job is to surprise you. As a comic book fan, I don’t want to go in and see what I already know. I prefer to go in and be surprised. I like when a story teller throws a left curve at me and I’m surprised. That’s why I want to go see the movie. A literal adaptation, I should just go read the book again. I think that’s what’s interesting about different movies. We have two hours and they have years worth of issues.”
The inclusion of Bucky is the most obvious discrepancy between both incarnations of Civil War, though perhaps forecasts the way Captain America: Civil War is going to end.
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