‘Captain America: Civil War’: Chris Evans Says ‘No One Else Can Try and Copy Marvel’

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At a Sunday press event for “Captain America: Civil War,” Chris Evans — Cap himself — said he saw no reason why the mighty Marvel engine should slow down at all when it came to making movies.

“I say, let’s keep going, let’s let the wave get bigger and bigger,” Evans said. “It’s not like they’re making bad movies, they’re making great movies and if you want to put them in this superhero box you can but they’re good movies.”

The cast and creators of the next Marvel film came together on Sunday for two press conferences — one for the members of Team Cap and the other for Team Iron Man — to discuss the film. Evans said Marvel’s superhero machine has no equal during the Team Cap conference.

“They’ve got a monopoly on it, they’re doing it and no one else can try and copy it,” Evans said, perhaps tossing a bit of shade toward the recently released “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

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Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, spoke to the press about working with a continuously growing ensemble of actors.

“I’ve said it before, and it’s only getting more and more accurate as cast members keep joining, there has never been an ensemble like this in cinematic history. We had to break up into two panels today because everyone is a headline,” he said.

Talk quickly turned to the topic of bringing arguably Marvel’s biggest name, Spider-Man, into the film.

“We knew we wanted to tell a very complicated story between Captain America and Iron Man and we’re big fans of balance in storytelling, movies that make us laugh and cry,” Anthony Russo, who directed the film with his brother Joe, said of their approach. “We wanted to bring in characters that didn’t have the same emotional investment that The Avengers had. Bringing in characters like Spider-Man and Ant-Man, who don’t have that baggage, allowed us to bring new color to the film.”

“Captain America: Civil War” opens May 6.

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  1. Glover says:

    DC makes bold and ambitious movies with lots to say and discuss than just showing heroes fighting villains. Marvel movies are always the same, they have a formula that works and it always works for them, and it’s fine. They should be proud of it. Who wouldn’t want to come up with a formula to get dozens of movies out there making money? It’s very brilliant. But WB is going a different way, they are exploring their DC properties but with a different approach. To say DC is copying Marvel is very stupid. If Evans meant that, he’s very stupid. Almost all Marvel characters in the comics are rip-offs of DCs. His new movie stole the whole plot of Batman v Superman.

    • That's What She says:

      Captain Marvel > Captain Marvel. Discuss.

    • WahWahWah says:

      Translation: Wah! He’s stupid!

    • therealeverton says:

      Wow. so many silly errors here. Apart from Chris not saying anything about WB/DC or DC comics, Civil War is an adaptation of a 2006 Marvell comics story. DC and ~Marvel copy many characters from each other and they don’t care, because unlike some of their fans., they have massive respect for each other and staff have crossed from one to the other dozens of times, often taking ideas they started at one and adapting them at the other.

  2. jj says:

    Agreed with some comments below. DC has a decent start here. Once Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman come out, DC will be in full swing. Marvel is doing well of course. Chris doesn’t sound like he’s bashing DC in the quotes I read.

  3. Warner Brown says:

    DC was founded 5 years before Marvel came along and copied it. DC pretty much invented the mythology of Superheroes Marvel came and emulated 5 years later. So, sorry Chris you’re wrong!

    • That's What She says:

      He’s not talking about DC and Marvel Comics. He’s alluding about Warners and Marvel Studios, but every idiot is taking it literally, as millennials do.

    • therealeverton says:

      What is he wrong about? Get a quote from Chris about Dc and counter it, because most people on here are pointing out that there’s nothing about WB/Dc in here from Chris.

  4. Jacques Strappe says:

    I read this short article a few times looking for Captain America slamming DC and can’t find it or anything close to it.. These media outlets like Variety revel in escalating the silly Marvel vs DC war. Click bait bs.

  5. Abe says:

    I’m seriously disappointed in Chris right now… BvS and MoS were fucking good movies

    • therealeverton says:

      That has nothing to do with Evans. !. He has said nothing about those films. 2. If he had, he would be “justified” as more than one person from WB (NOT DC) talked rubbish, or acted in a poor way about/towards Captain America and the MCU. This isn’t a WB/DC smack. Also people need to get over the idea that there’s a binary thing going on here. Marvel Studios AND/OR WB/DC. There’s more than that and Fox have been in making their current X-Men series of films longer than either Marvel or DC.

      Also you must be aware that a LT of people don’t share your opinion on either or BOTH of those films. There’s a reason for that, which doesn’t diminish how you fee about them, but may suggest that they are poorly made films that you like. (NOTHING wrong with that, most “real” people have things they like they aren’t that good, objectively, but that please them. Fast & Furious films are ridiculous entertaining to many, but those people will usually admit the films have numerous ridiculous elements.

      • therealeverton says:

        @ Abe… Calm down Abe. “…shoving down —- throat” doesn’t mean what you think it means mate.

        I’m expressing a critical opinion, an “objective” look at what makes a “well made” film. Editing, music, composition, acting, plot etc. Things that can be accounted for. ~Now you can do almost all, if not all, of those things well and have a dull film, or a film that fails to entertain etc.. You can also do many of those things “poorly”, objectively, and succeed in making a “good film, one that succeeds in entertaining people.
        Whilst anyone can away be wrong, the fact remains that even a significant number (I’ve read dozens, of the small percentage (28%, of critics, many of them genre fans and DC fans, who LIKE this film and gave it a positive review, state overtly that it is poorly put together in many, many ways.

        You can accept that or not, but it is the majority opinion of people who sudsy film for a reason, for several reasons.

        You disagree, that’s fine. However I made up my own mind when I saw the film

        You also totally misunderstand the meaning of BINARY. It means as this film conversation isn’t about Marvel Studios and WB/DC. Marvel Studios didn’t even release a single film until 2008, bt which time Fox had released 3 X-Men, Daredevil, Elektra, and two Fantastic Four films. At the very least the Superhero film game, inn terms of BIG films, involves Marvel Studios, WB/DC AND Fox. (And they are not alone, even if we discount Sony because of their deal with Marvel, which we shouldn’t.) So there is no WB/DC OR Marvel Studios. There’s more than that and Fox, with the Singer / Vaughan X-Men films has consistently made Dark, message filled films WIT?H humour and wit and critical praise. (Unlike their Fantastic Four films and others).

        Finally. You can’t gag everyone, just like DC had no control over the suits at WB who badmouthed Marvel Studios and tried to force them off a release date, or Snyder & Co. making comments about Marvel Studios, Fiege can’t keep everyone who is in a Marvel Studios film stay quiet.

        However if you punch somebody, you cannot complain when they punch you back, and the things you mentions, they are responses to things like WB trying to force Marvel Studios away from the Cap 3 release date. Suits at WB, not DC, making jokes about how they’re approach is higher quality than Marvel Studios (especially when that consisted entirely of Green Lantern, Man of Steel and BvS, all far less critically appreciated than the lowest rated Marvel Studios film). Snyder’s ill worded (If we accept he wasn’t being malicious as I choose to do) Ant-Man comments.

        Retaliation is not the same as instigation and the sooner everyone starts acting with the respect that the comic houses have shown each other for decades the happier i will be and I hope you will too.

      • Abe says:

        You tell me that I must be aware that people don’t have to share my opinion but you are shoving my throat that they are “poor made movies.” which they aren’t in my opinion and I never said that everyone has to like it but you can’t say there’s not a certain hate for DCEU… Hell, BvS was criticizes since the production started few years ago and a lot of people complained since then that the movie is going to be bad without having an actual proof.
        And you say there’s not a binary? Seriously? Haven’t you seen Anthony Mackie making fun of a interviewer because he liked MoS? And how RDJ and Stewart said that DC should fuck off? And don’t even let me start on Samuel L. Jackson.

  6. BR says:

    He wasn’t dissing WB/DC. This is a very misleading headline.

  7. zidders says:

    But isn’t Marvel just copying Star Wars?

  8. I’m so sick of the constant DC bashing. It’s childish and almost unprofessional. We get it Chris, You’ve made a good living playing a wooden plank dressed in Red, White, and Blue and even another Marvel character previous to that. The thing people don’t seem to understand is that none of this would even be possible without DC and Superman. Argue all you want, but it wouldn’t be. Aside from the comics and publication history, DC even reigned supreme back in the late 70’s and 80’s with the first Superman and Batman movies.

    Funny enough, the only Marvel characters I actually care about are the ones that they don’t even own completely in cinema (X-Men and Spider-man). Everything Marvel does is rip off. Justice League came first in comics, nearly TEN years before Avengers. The Dark Knight trilogy proved you could be a superhero AND retain a realistic look at the world and sorry Marvel, but you will NEVER have a movie close to TDK. Keep bloating all your movies with actors and soon no one will care who is on the screen anymore.

    Yes this rant seemed contradictory in the aspect of being childish and I’m fine with that. In this day and age, you either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.

    • Abe says:

      Thank you for saying this.

    • MesoSoup says:

      DC needs to make a good film and then the bashing will stop. So far MOS and BvS have been horrible failures in the genre. They need to stop putting all their eggs in the Batman basket.

    • The butthurt and denial is real.

    • thequiznor says:

      Well this is just sad to read. He’s talking about the films, not the comics, and you’d be pretty naive to deny that Marvel have been streets ahead of DC since pretty much the end of The Dark Knight trilogy.
      And come on, can you really accuse Evans of playing a plank after seeing Cavill in not one but two dour and po faced Superman films? At least the MCU has a sense of fun about it, not moodiness masquerading as depth or character.

    • Karl says:

      “playing a wooden plank dressed in Red, White, and Blue”

      Sounds a hell of alot like Henry Cavill.

    • crossie says:

      No, no, no.

      In this day and age, you either die a hero or live long enough to find yourself incessantly pining for a movie almost a decade old while you become more and more obsolete.

    • therealeverton says:

      There’s no constant WB/Dc bashing from Marvel. (There was Marvel bashing from various sources at WB that was responded to, but that g]has been stopped.

      /this is yet another headline trying to make it seem like there’s some kind of Binary beef between Marvel Studios and WB/DC. There isn’t.

      What you should remember is that everyone is setting ip shared universes. Fox with X-Men (and still hoping for Fantastic #Four). Universal’s monsterverse. The Ghostbustsers Universe at Sony and so on.

      so even if you assume Evans is talking “smack” don’t ssume it is at, or exclusively at WB/DC, there’s plenty of targets out there.

      (and if you want to moan about WB/DC v Marvel, remember who started it. The ignorant suits at WB who made uncalled for digs about Marvel Studios’ films AND tried to frighten them off a date AND even Snyder for poorly choosing his words.) (Ignorant of the decades of respect that Marvel & DC have for each other, despite a minority of “childish” fan(atics) who keep trying to believe otherwise.)

    • me says:

      You’re entirely too involved, concerned, and upset over absolutely nothing important. Lighten up.

    • therealeverton says:

      There’s no constant WB/Dc bashing from Marvel. (There was Marvel bashing from various sources at WB that was responded to, but that g]has been stopped.

      /this is yet another headline trying to make it seem like there’s some kind of Binary beef between Marvel Studios and WB/DC. There isn’t.

      What you should remember is that everyone is setting ip shared universes. Fox with X-Men (and still hoping for Fantastic #Four). Universal’s monsterverse. The Ghostbustsers Universe at Sony and so on.

      so even if you assume Evans is talking “smack” don’t ssume it is at, or exclusively at WB/DC, there’s plenty of trgets out there.

      (and if you want to moan about WB/DC v Marvel, remember who started it. The ignorant suits at WB who made uncalled for digs about Marvel Studios’ films AND tried to frighten them off a date AND even Snyder for poorly choosing his words.)

    • JohnDoe says:

      LOL, such butthurt

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