In our children’s worlds, superheroes can take on very important roles. To some, they become the first people they look up to outside of us parents. They allow them a chance to dream of flying through space and time to battle evil to save the world. In a way, characters like Iron Man and Captain America become a beginner’s portal for justice, paired with some adventure that our kids gravitate toward and learn from along the way.
Marvel’s upcoming “Captain America: Civil War” is chock full of superheroes, all with different abilities, who enter in a battle against each other. Loyalties are tested, as the crew divides into two teams: Team Iron Man and Team Cap. Each team also has a bit of dad power in stars Robert Downey, Jr., Paul Rudd, Paul Betanny, Jeremy Renner and Don Cheadle, and the younger guys in the cast openly teased by throwing some old vs. young jokes around at a recent press conference.
Here are a few things the superhero dads had to say about their roles and “Civil War.”
Robert Downey Jr. on cast newcomers and his ego
Only sociopaths are still so self-centered in the extreme that they can’t make space for other people. What I have learned slowly over time is that once you make space for yourself it’s all about the other people that you’re working with.
Paul Rudd on being a total fanboy on set
Being the fanboy in the group, there was very little acting required They’ve all worked together and done this before—I’ve just seen all the Marvel movies. So to be there on the day [the other heroes arrived], I kind of couldn’t stop geeking out about it: ‘Oh my God, there’s the Shield!’ When I was getting the suit on, there’s this area where we get changed and stuff, and it’s like, ‘Oh, there’s Iron Man’s suit!’ I did feel that, that excitement of, ‘What? I can’t believe that I landed here. This is nuts.’
Don Cheadle on how an action scene comes together
I just think from my perspective, it’s not until we see the completed project that we know actually all that has gone on. Often it is these disparate moments that we are trying to focus on. We will see previews and the Russos [director brothers Anthony and Joe Russo] will give us a good explanation of what is happening, but it is not until you see it all together that it’s like, WOW! It’s really an amazing technological feat.
Jeremy Renner on why his character, Hawkeye, joined Cap’s side
He’s the one who called. (laughs) No, I think, retirement was quite boring, you know, and to go help a friend. His moral compass is not far from Cap’s thinking as well. That’s how I see Hawkeye, anyhow.
Paul Betanny on Vision’s internal battle of humanity and logic
In this movie, you find him trying to figure out what humanity and loyalty are because logic doesn’t afford loyalty. I think it’s really interesting to see him figure out what love is. Of course, love can make you feel loyal, and at the end of this movie, I think really it is a double-edged sword. Having a human response, he makes a big mistake, which is interesting. I thought it was a deft piece of storytelling.
“Captain America: Civil War” opens on May 6.