Film Event: Captain America: Civil War European Press Conference

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This week I was offered the opportunity to attend the European Press Conference for Marvel's latest release, Captain America: Civil War. Starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr. and Paul Rudd to name only a few of it's impressive Hollywood cast members, I could not wait to have the chance to speak to them, face to face. Here's some photos and a little breakdown of the event...

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Many of you will be aware that I'm a bit of a nerd when it comes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As you can imagine, my heart was racing as I entered the Ballroom Corinthia, just a stones throw from Embankment Station. I had never been to a press conference of this size so combined with the opportunity to come face to face with some of my movie star heroes and be at a Marvel press event, this was pretty crazy. For those of you not yet familiar with the Captain America films (where have you been?) Civil War is the second sequel and a follow up to Winter Soldier. The plot follows a political interference between the Avengers, causing a rift between former allies, Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.). Caught up in the feud, the other superheroes must pick a side and defend the future of the Avengers and the future of Shield.

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Moderated by Edith Bowman, the event kicked off with a brief introduction before welcoming the cast to the platform. In attendance was a whole array of Hollywood’s finest; Robert Downey Jr., Paul Rudd, Chris Evans, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Renner, Emily Van Camp, Daniel Bruhl, directors Anthony and Joe Russo as well as Marvel Studios president and producer, Kevin Feige. Despite being the third Captain America film, Civil War had always been in the pipeline for Marvel following its comic book publishing back in 2006. Feige felt it was important that the studio hold out long enough that they would be able to do it well and make it a reality. In response to the question asking him when Civil War came about he said –

 “It was before the MCU [Marvel Cinematic Universe] even existed, in the early days…we were just beginning to dream about our studio and getting financing…it was an amazing comic series and I could remember reading it in the month that it came out and thinking it would probably be impossible but it would be cool someday to do this. It wasn’t until about two years ago, two and a half years ago that we thought now’s the time, we’ve assembled enough players that we could do it now”. 

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Following a few words from the directors, the floor opened up to the audience, all with their own light-hearted curiosities. Captain America: Civil War not only sees the return of the old cast but also welcomes Chadwick Roseman as Black Panther and the initiation of Scott Lang as Ant-man (played by Paul Rudd). I managed to pluck up the courage from the third row to ask newbie Avenger, Rudd, if there was any hazing from his fellow cast mates but he insists that the whole team was very welcoming although it was perhaps “a little intimidating seeing them all in their suits”. However, having not specified which Paul my question was aimed at, this sparked some light teasing from the other members of the cast in which Paul Bettany told myself and Rudd to “get a room” and said "why don't you just marry her". For the record, if the offer is there I would gladly have accepted. After some witty ribbing, the conference steered more towards the underlining political and contextual analysis behind Civil War.

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Civil War sees a divide between the superheroes in a way that we’ve never seen before. Team Captain America is very much about defending their freedom from government whilst Team Ironman believes there has to be rules set in place, with the government overseeing all Avengers missions. However, it seems that, given the choice not all the real life actors would have picked their given side. Actor Chris Evans (who plays Steve Rogers and Captain America) was quick to state that there would a great level of responsibility on the government - “You have to answer to somebody. You couldn’t just let these group of vigilantes sort it themselves. That’s the sad truth. If there really were Avengers, I’d be Team Ironman for sure”.

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There were, of course, some brazen questions questioning Marvel’s supposed rivalry with DC following the formation of the Justice League on the big screen. Feeling no need to defend the studio, Evans stated “I don’t think anyone up here makes movies based on what other people are doing” with Feige adding “we do because we do it really well” and Downey Jr joked“…when they get a Bucky then we’ll start talking”. 

The conference closed with a rather amusing story in which Anthony Mackie (Falcon) explained that Robert Downey Jr. introduced him to quinoa at Mr. Downey’s private village of onset trailers. The cast joked that each day it was a fight to see who would be invited to attend. “That’s everybody’s goal every day, at lunch to see whose going to get invited to the village. You get so jealous, like, the day he was invited [pointing to Daniel Bruhl], I saw him whizzing past my trailer and I’m like motherfff…” he jested.
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Captain America: Civil War is in cinemas today (April 29th) and I can't wait to see it this weekend. So there you have it, the highlight of my entire blogging career! Whose side will you be on, Team Cap or Team Ironman? What's your favourite Marvel movie? Let me know what you think of the film. As always, I love reading your thoughts so please do leave me lots of lovely ones in the comment section below.

Until next time movie fans,



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  1. OMG! i would not have kept my cool at a press conference like this! LOL too many hot men in one room :p i cant wait to see the movie too!
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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    1. haha I think if Mark Ruffalo had been as well I would have just been K.O'd haha. It was amazing though - being in the same room as them all was just a dream come true :) x

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  2. Sophie I am so so jealous! Wow you are so lucky to have all these wonderful adventures and screenings. What a fantastic experience for you and such a well written piece. Sounds like you had an excellent time! Thanks for sharing

    Ashley xx
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    1. Aw thanks hun, was probably the highlight of my entire blogging career so far haha. It truly was amazing being in the same room as them all. The only way it could of been anymore amazing is if Mark Ruffalo and Samuel L. Jackson were there. The dream! x

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  3. I'm a big fan of the MCU as well! That's awesome that you got to go! It comes out next week for us here in the US but I'm super excited.

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    1. Awesome - the films are amazing I think. Aw so exciting! You'll have to let me know what you thought of it. I'm going tomorrow, can't wait! Team Cap! x

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  4. I watched the whole conference, what was your question girl? C:

    Such an amazing post!

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    1. I was right at the beginning - I asked Paul Rudd (and Paul Bettany chimmed in) about how it was being an Avenger newbie, if there was any initiation process and he said everyone was very welcoming :)

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  5. Okay this sounds SO freakin' awesome? I would love to go to press conferences, purely cause I feel on press tours they must get bored of answering the same questions - yours was a great one though!

    And I'm totally with you, I'd marry Paul as well if the offer was there!

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    1. Haha it really was awesome. Yeah there were some really fun questions for them although I'm not sure how many millions of times they've had to answer them before. Someone asked which superhero they'd like to swap with and they all said they wanted to be Vision which was funny. Haha I know, he's everything! x

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  6. What a fantastic experience! I hope you had a wonderful time!! Personally The Avengers/Avengers related films aren't my favourite Marvel films, but I'm trying to keep an open mind for when I catch Captain America: Civil War this weekend - going on a date with Ant-Man would be pretty entertaining though, haha! I also love the thought of Robert's private village of trailers, I can imagine them being really grand!

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    1. I personally loved it, but then I do love all Marvel movies. Which ones do you prefer? Ugh Paul Rudd is just amazing, I've loved him ever since Clueless haha x

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    2. I didn't get around to seeing it in the end as the showings were completely booked out!! I'm personally more into the more comical films - like Guardians of the Galaxy and Deadpool. Yes!! I always seem to forget that he was in Friends as well! x

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    3. Ah no way! The one we went to was nearly completely sold out too. Guardians of the Galaxy is amazing, probably the best Marvel film to date. I liked Deadpool a lot although the jokes got a little tedious towards the end. Great movie though xx

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  7. It's so great that you were able to do this, Sophie! I'm going to watch this on youtube. Sadly, I won't be able to watch the film until next week when it goes into general release in the US.

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    1. Thank you - honestly was so so much fun. I loved every minute of it. I hope you enjoy the movie - it's fantastic :)

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  8. Ahhh amazing Sophie! Bew it would be and so cool you plucked up the courage to ask a question! I cannot wait to see this new film as i am desperate to see which side i'll pick! Ha!
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    1. Yeah I knew I'd kick myself if I didn't try! It was such an amazing experience to be in the room with them all and to be at a press conference on such a big scale. The film is brilliant - hope you like it hun :) xx

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  9. Massive congrats on this - so proud of you!

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    1. Thanks babe! Honestly loved every single second of it :) xx

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