Last week, director Zack Snyder caused a bit of controversy by calling Marvel's latest theatrical hit Ant-Man, which has earned $395 million worldwide, a "flavor-of-the-week," as opposed to the iconic characters he's working with in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. After those comments were made, some may have wondered if anyone from the Marvel side would shoot back and defend the studio. While doing press for The Martian at the Toronto International Film Festival, Sebastian Stan shed some new light on the highly-anticipated Captain America: Civil War, but first, he addressed Zack Snyder's comments.
"Yeah, I'm sitting here and I'm listening to you and I'm thinking, 'Do I want to fire some shots at DC right now, at Zack Snyder?' I read some of those comments where he said something about Batman and Superman, I can't remember where I read that, somewhere... Something about, 'It's not going to be your flavor-of-the-week Ant-Man.' And I was like, 'Oh thanks, Zack. That's great. Way to do something original.' But I would say we're still making something very original in our own way. I mean, the Russos are coming in and taking something people are used to and they're shaping it up and changing it in a very different way. They're not trying to mimic a better Christopher Nolan movie or something like that."
While Sebastian Stan didn't technically star in Ant-Man, he does appear in the post-credits scene that helps set up Captain America: Civil War. As it turns out, that scene was filmed in early May, right when production started on Captain America: Civil War, and Sebastian Stan had no idea it was used for the post-credits scene until two days before Ant-Man hit theaters. He also confirmed that the scene in question actually takes place about midway through the plot of Captain America: Civil War.
"We were on set and somebody went, 'Oh! By the way, did you know that there's a thing at the end of Ant-Man and you guys are in it?" And I was like, 'No, I don't, but I'd love to go see it now so I know what we shot.' It's kind of interesting because we shot that scene in early May so it's interesting that they decided to use that. I think it's somewhere in the middle."
Fans got their first glimpse at his character Bucky Barnes in 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger, but he was transformed into the villainous Winter Soldier in last year's Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The post-credits scene from Ant-Man showed Cap (Chris Evans) and Falcon (Anthony Mackie) finally locating him, but his metallic arm is caught in some sort of device. The actor revealed that one of the joys of playing this character is that you never known when he'll be good or bad.
"[The] character had, in my opinion, an introduction in The Winter Soldier - I mean, it was just sort of like a preview of the guy, which we get so much more of in Civil War. And I'm grateful for that. But to see that response to that was awesome because it just made me think, "Wow, people really got behind the character," and that's what you're hoping for, especially [laughs] given that I didn't really have any lines to say or anything. Which probably made it for the better to be honest. They gave me a lot more dialogue, and I thought, 'Oh my god, it was so much better when I didn't have to say things!' The look of the Winter Soldier is a very specific look. There was something very specific in how the guy looked and behaved and I felt like the more I stepped back and I just kind of let that do the work, the better it was gonna be. In a situation like that, you're trying to guess where the guy's at in his mind, and that certainly continues in the Civil War movie. You're always trying to guess what side is he on or ... because he can go both ways. That's me being really lucky with a character like that where you can kind of ... I mean they could write something for him tomorrow where he could be the worst assassin, the worst terrible villain, killer, whatever, or he could be this guy who is endearing, who is trying to rebuild his life so there's a lot of places to go with the character and that's exciting."
While production was under way this summer, set photos surfaced that showcased Bucky/Winter Soldier running alongside Falcon, hinting that Bucky is fighting alongside his old friend Steve Rogers/Captain America. We also saw Bucky in concept art that showed the members of each "team," lead by Cap and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.). The actor teased that he has scenes with Elizabeth Olsen, joking that he doesn't have any real powers when compared to her, while stating that, despite the massive number of heroes in the movie, it is still a Captain America story..
"Yeah, it's awesome, and I kind of like that he doesn't really have super powers. He's got this metal arm and stuff, sort of the serum situation, but he's sort of just a dude. It's funny placing him next to the Scarlet Witch or something where she's got all the stuff- [waves his hand, imitating Wanda doing magic] I'm going, "What is he going to do? He's just going to sort of block a lot of stuff with his metal arm." But I think it's good, it's relatable. He could die at any point. I mean, I know everybody's treating it like there are all these Avengers in it, like it's Avengers 2.5 or something, and there's an element of that, but it's still at the end of the day very much a Captain America film. It's different from The Avengers, it's definitely its own entity, totally connects to the last Winter Soldier film, and the Russos' stamp is all over it.
Captain America: Civil War is the first movie in Marvel's nine-movie Phase Three, which will culminate with Avengers: Infinity War Part I (May 4, 2018) and Avengers: Infinity War - Part II (May 3, 2019). Captain America: Civil War filmmakers Anthony Russo and Joe Russo are coming back to direct both movies, but very little has been confirmed at this point. When asked if we'll see Bucky/The Winter Soldier in Avengers: Infinity War Part I and Avengers: Infinity War - Part II, Sebastian Stan had this to say.
"Again, it's totally not something I know for sure. Like, you know, it's a blessing and a curse - sometimes I wish I knew to sort of get my life back together. You know, I'm like, 'I might as well just not cut my hair at all.' But I really don't know. It's so early to know that. But hopefully..."
What do you think about Sebastian Stan firing back at Zack Snyder? Do you think Zack Snyder should apologize for his remarks, or do you hope more Marvel luminaries will chime in? Let us know what you think, and stay tuned for more on Captain America: Civil War, arriving in theaters May 6, 2016.