Last week, I got to sit down with a whole bunch of the cast of Captain America: Civil War. As you probably know, that means I sat down with a whole lot of people, and I’m here to bring just one of the interviews to you.
Two of the characters that I find most intriguing in the entire of the MCU are Scarlet Witch and Hawkeye. Scarlet Witch is ‘debatably’ one of the most powerful members of the Avengers, but its clear that she is still getting a hold of her powers. It makes her, along with Hulk, somewhat of a ticking time bomb, but a heartfelt one.
Hawkeye on the other hand, with where the character is taken in Age of Ultron and ialso n Civil War, has given him an air of maturity, almost a quiet voice of reason and stability for the team.
That’s why I was excited to get to talk to both Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner in a roundtable interview about their work in the film. Here is what we all chatted about:
What is so important about Scarlet Witch’s involvement in this movie?
EO: The first thing that excited me when I read the script was that it’s nice to be necessary to the story. The Russo Brothers do that with all the characters. They’re very smart. They let everyone have their own arc and their own moment. To be the catalyst for the film is great, because the rest of her journey is to figure out specifically what her abilities are. This has become a surrogate family for her. She’s repurposed herself into the world. There is a maturation. From what we’ve filmed, It ended on a cool note of mystery of where things could go with her. I’ve no idea what they’re going to do with her, but it’s going to be interesting.
On Hawkeye’s diminished role in the first Avengers, and bringing back key parts of his character in Age of Ultron:
JR: We talked about the idea that Clint had a family. I can’t speak to the specifics because I think things may happen that we did talk about, but part of it we did discuss.
I remember when Joss Whedon sent me the script with notes which said, “that amazing stuff we talked about is not in this, although you’re in it a lot, but you’re hypnotised…” We did get to bring in a lot of the stuff that we initially talked about with that character in Ultron. The reason I like Clint is because he’s human. He’s just a guy with a high skill set. I can relate to that. He just wants to build upon that. We came up with the idea of him having a family and it made it into Ultron.
Which side Quicksilver would have been on?
EO: He’d be on my side. A lot of the characters who’ve been part of poorly executed governmental programs, they can all see the abuse of government. They’d be on Cap’s side.
JR: Whose side would Godzilla be on?
EO: On his own damn side. You just found out that I was in that movie a week ago.
JR: I love Godzilla. He always wins. I’m on Team Godzilla.
[Note from Patrick: I’m with Jeremy Renner right here.]
On the extent of Scarlet Witch’s power:
EO: I don’t know. The time’s she’s been most powerful is in Age of Ultron when her brother dies.
JR: Emotionally driven.
EO: The problem for a writer and storyteller is that she’s basically limitless unless she has some internal struggle. They have to figure out storywise how much to push her buttons. There’s a whole world of discovery they can play around with her.
On Scarlet Witches’ charming relationship with The Vision:
EO: Paul and I thought the scenes we got to do together were really sweet,because Vision is just a pure, sweet person with a great heart, even though he doesn’t have a heart…
JR: He’s heartless!
EO: I think it’s really great that they have this connection, because in the comics it’s another world. For the sake of our storytelling and in the film, we’re both powered from the exact same thing and there’s this idea that we both fear this thing we’ve been given, and they don’t really understand it and so they have that connection. It’s just a really pure friendship that’s being created. Where it’s going to go? I don’t have a clue. Maybe Kevin Feige does, but it was so much fun to work with Paul.
Captain America: Civil War is out now in the UK, and will be out in the US cinemas this Friday.