Captain America: Civil War director explains why film is really a 'love story'

Joe Russo revealed the love story stirring beneath Civil War's super-powered battles and fierce glances

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There's only one romance worth investing time on within the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Captain America and Bucky Barnes. 

Cap-Bucky shippers may want to sit down for this. Speaking to Empire Magazine, co-director Joe Russo revealed there's a great romance stirring underneath Captain America: Civil War's hood of super-powered fights and fierce glances. 

"What’s fascinating about the Cap-Bucky story as well is it’s a love story," said Russo. With one annotation; he's talking strictly of the fraternal kind. "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."

So, unfortunately, that Cap-Bucky super couple isn't canon (yet); with actor Sebastian Stan preferring to liken the pair to the Bad Boys series' Will Smith/Martin Lawrence combo. '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," Stan commented. "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," he added. 

However, there's plenty left to explore between the pair following the events of Winter Soldier, especially when it comes to Barnes' shifting morality. "Is he good or is he bad?" Russo mused. "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."

How exactly Bucky will factor into the jarring rift forming between Captain America and Iron Man will surely be a fascinating point of tension, all to be revealed when Captain America: Civil War hits UK cinemas 6 May.