Captain America Civil War is undoubtedly an action film at it’s core, but you’ve probably heard it labelled as a love story in jest.
But, that’s exactly how director Joe Russo referred to it when Empire Magazine spoke with him on set.
“What’s fascinating about the Cap-Bucky story as well is it’s a love story. These are two guys who grew up together, and so they have that same emotional connection to each other as brothers would, and even more so because Bucky was all Steve had growing up.”
Now a key part of the story is not only Captain America and Bucky’s relationship, but also Bucky himself. A big question mark over things is “is he good or is he bad?”
Joe went on to say: “Steve has to answer that question for himself, and there are other characters in the movie who hold the opposite point of view. It becomes a very explosive. It incites a lot of conflict.”
The actor playing Bucky Barnes, Sebastian Stan, also touched on their relationship.
“I think it’s easy and generalising it to say that they’re lovers, when you’re forgetting that one has a lot of guilt because he swore to be the protector of the other, the father figure or older brother so to speak, and then left him behind. I have no qualms with it but I think people like to see it much more as a love story than it actually is. It’s brotherhood to me.”