This interview largely centered around Chris Evans, Cap himself, while Paul Rudd played up the room the entire time. Here are some choice quotes from Evans and Rudd on the movie, getting big, Cap's romantic relationships, whether they be canon or not and the international appeal of Captain America and Ant-Man.
Is Captain America Romantically involved with Bucky Barnes?
CEIs that what you guys have been talking about in here? That's news to me! I didn't know that! You've been reading lots Twitter.
It's just never been part of my approach to the character. My subtext didn't involve that dynamic. I think even with the first
Is it weird that Captain America is into his first love's grand niece?
CE:I guess it could be considered a little creepy. In Cap's defence, he didn't know initially. And when it's revealed I think it's almost sweet. They do a real good job of navigating that terrain tenderly. Hopefully it doesn't feel creepy. On paper it sure didn't feel that way. I think the innocence of the character, and the innocence of the relationship between him and Sharon sets a landscape of non-inappropriate, creepy, sexually illegal behaviour.
On getting big for the role:
CE: I wish I had something clever. I wish I had some cool secret. But if you go to gyms, pick heavy stuff up and put it back down until you can't do it anymore, you get big. You get out what you put in, so it's up to you.
On the international identity of Captain 'America'
CE: Loyalty, honesty, selflessness. I think these are ubiquitous around the world. We're not trying to have some jingoistic tale where even though I am carrying red, white and blue, I think he'd be the first guy to tell you that he's been around the world and seen a lot of people from cultures that shares those qualities. So I try to take that element out of it, because I don't think that's what makes the movies successful and I don't think that's what the character stands for.
[Rudd then added at this juncture] I disagree with everything he said. What a bunch of bull-
What does Ant-Man bring to this kind of Superhero meet up?
PR: Scott Lang didn't grow up in this world. He wasn't born with any kind of power. It's fun to approach this world as a kind of citizen. When people watch the movie I was thinking, if someone found themselves plucked off the street, thrown into a van, and then walking out and there's Captain America – it would be an overwhelming experience. That scenario invites some levity.
On the Comedy of the character:
PR: When I first got offered this part. It was Edgar Wright, and the script was very funny. And we always thought this is the kind of hero that people would think is going to be funny anyway. There's a sexiness to Captain America and Iron Man, but when promoting Ant-Man, I'd say "Ant-Man" and they'd laugh. Then they'd ask, "what are his powers?" And I'd explain and they would laugh harder.
That was a strength, actually. What we were hoping to accomplish is that you'd laugh and it'd be funny. He's kind of an everyman but then you go, "oh – but he's also smart and he can handle himself in these sorts of situations." He's learning it as he goes, so that humanising.
Captain America: Civil War is out in the UK, and it will be with those in the US on Friday!