‘Captain America: Civil War’: Elizabeth Olsen Teases Movie’s Dark Tone & Villain

By September 10, 2015

Captain America: Civil War has the potential to impact the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe more than any other film so far without the word “Avenger” in its title. The movie is set to be possibly the largest standalone film that Marvel has put out yet, as it pits a majority of the central characters in the MCU against each other in a war for accountability. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is said to believe that himself, and the other heroes need to have more responsibility for their actions (what that might mean is still a mystery), while Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) disagrees. To put it lightly.

A few weeks ago, concept art was released that seemed to indicate which sides each of the characters would be taking in the conflict. However, there were two noticeable omissions from the images with Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch, and Tom Holland’s Spider-Man. While the latter is somewhat understandable considering how much about the character is being kept under the wraps for the time being, Olsen’s character not being included in the images seemed surprising though considering the set images that had spotted her on set, and her character’s large ongoing evolution that was hinted at during the climax of Avengers: Age of Ultron.

However, while speaking with Premiere.fr (via CBM) recently, Olsen revealed that she was only on set for a segment of the movie’s filming, but despite her limited work on the film, was noted as saying that she think it’s going to be Marvel’s best movie yet. Read her full quote below:

“[Scarlet Witch is] someone who’s more powerful than she’s able to control and she ends up going insane because of it. And she’s like a wildcard. You never know [if] she’s a hero or a villain, and that’s a very fun part. … I think [Captain America: Civil War is] going to be the best one. For real, I am very excited to see it myself. I only worked on set for five weeks. So I wasn’t there for the majority of it.”

It’ll be interesting then, to see how much her character is integrated into the film’s overall story, and considering how unpredictable both her character in the comics and onscreen can be, we can only imagine what her impact might be in the movie and universe as a whole.

She also went on to comment on one of the film’s new additions in Daniel Bruhl’s Baron Zemo, not only confirming that Zemo will be the movie’s main villain, but also how much darker the movie as a whole is compared to all of Marvel’s other outings:

“[Daniel] Brühl is an incredible actor and he’s playing the main villain in it. And he’s incredible! It’s a movie about people as opposed to robots this time. So it’s darker and it’s allowed to be darker because it gets more in the mindset of humans rather than machines.”

She brings up a great point, not only about the movie, but about the comic its based on as well. The thing that made Civil War work wasn’t just the fact that we got to see superheroes fight each other, but what it was they were fighting for. In the source material, they were fighting about whether or not they believed secret identities were necessary, as the government tried to register every hero on the face of the Earth. While the movie is changing up the inciting incident to fit more with their cinematic universe, the battle of philosophies seems to be remaining the same.

Bruhl is just a number of new actors making their debut in Civil War too with Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther set to have his introduction in the movie, Tom Holland’s previously mentioned Spider-Man, Martin Freeman’s currently secret role, and more. If one thing’s for sure at this point, it looks like Civil War isn’t just going to shake things up relationship-wise in the MCU moving forward, but it’s also going to expand it into new, uncharted territory.

However, we can’t even say that for sure, as Marvel movies and almost every other blockbuster film nowadays are being kept with an almost unbelievable amount of mystery surrounding them, as they all desperately try their best to maintain the added level of surprise that comes with seeing a movie for the first time. If you, like me, find the constant spoilers running around online to be absolutely frustrating at times, then you’re not only as Olsen addressed the constant secrecy and spoilers with the following:

“Being part of a Marvel movie makes me feel like I’m doing the most top secret thing in the world. It’s ridiculous because it’s a film, but also it’s too bad when people want to spoil things about movies or paparazzi are on set taking pictures of certain things. And everyone then gets to guess what it is that you’re filming. And it ruins it for everyone. It just so happens that in Avengers [Age of Ultron] we were able to keep a lot of things secret so there were surprises for the audience which is great.”

Considering that the first trailer for the movie will likely be making its way online sometime within the next few months or so, it’s going to become more and more difficult for Marvel to keep the spoilers from finding their way online. Whether it be an inside source spoiling the ending of the movie, or too many trailers even, it just seems more and more rare for movies to keep too much from being revealed by the time an audience member walks into the theatre to see it for the first time.

If you ask me, I think they should just go back to making movie trailers like they did in the 1970s. Can you imagine the first trailer for Captain America: Civil War being narrated by some random guy with a deep voice telling us the stars of the film and reading the taglines from the movie poster? I don’t know about you, but I’d be cool with that.

Captain America: Civil War is set to hit theatres on May 6th, 2016.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable
  • Jose

    So Scarlett Witch is gonna go crazy and I imagine take the place of Hulk’s rampage in the comics books.