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The Russo Brothers Recall Reinventing Captain America to Make Him Less ‘Boring’

April 23, 2019 | Posted by Jordan Huie
Captain America: The First Avenger

– Ahead of the impending release of Avengers: Endgame, Joe and Anthony Russo, the tandem of directors behind the last two Captain America films as well as Infinity War and Endgame spoke to Esquire about their process in entering the MCU.

Among a multitude of other topics, they touched on the need to reinvent Captain America as they came into their MCU debut, Captain America: The Winter Soldier. You can see an excerpt of this interview below: (h/t Uproxx)

“We came in and pitched a radical reinvention of that character. I said, ‘Look, when I was growing up reading Captain America, I found him very boring. He’s two-dimensional — characters who don’t have a personality flaw are difficult. You can tell one story about them, but once you try to tell a second, where you have to have some narrative movement, you run out of gas. So we said, ‘Look, he’s been frozen in ice. He’s gonna wake up in modern times. We feel like we could use that as a reset. We can reset the tone and the character. We can create emotional complexity.’ … We pitched Captain America meets 3 Days of the Condor.”

Avengers: Endgame releases nationally in theaters on April 26th, 2019.