Not long ago, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder took aim at Marvel Studios films, saying Ant-Man was a "flavor of the week," and praising characters like Batman and Superman for "transcending" superhero tropes.
Now, Captain America: Civil War actor Sebastian Stan has fired back at Snyder's comments, saying Marvel Studios does something "original."
“Yeah, I’m sitting here and I’m listening to you and I’m thinking, ‘Do I want to fire some shots at DC right now, at Zack Snyder?'” Stan said in an interview with Collider.
“Something about, ‘It’s not going to be your flavor-of-the-week Ant-Man.’ And I was like, ‘Oh thanks, Zack. That’s great. Way to do something original,'” Stan continued. “But I would say we’re still making something very original in our own way. I mean, the Russos' are coming in and taking something people are used to and they’re shaping it up and changing it in a very different way. They’re not trying to mimic a better Christopher Nolan movie or something like that.”
Stan also spoke about his role as Winter Soldier in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War.
“[The] character had, in my opinion, an introduction in Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” said Stan. “I mean, it was just sort of like a preview of the guy, which we get so much more of in Civil War. And I’m grateful for that. But to see that response to that was awesome because it just made me think, “Wow, people really got behind the character,” and that’s what you’re hoping for, especially [laughs] given that I didn’t really have any lines to say or anything. Which probably made it for the better to be honest.”
Finally, Stan also addressed the notion that Captain America: Civil War would be more focused on the Avengers than its titular star.
“I mean, I know everybody’s treating it like there are all these Avengers in it, like it’s Avengers 2.5 or something, and there’s an element of that, but it’s still at the end of the day very much a Captain America film. It’s different from The Avengers, it’s definitely its own entity, totally connects to the last Winter Soldier film, and the Russos’ stamp is all over it.”
Captain America: Civil War opens May 6, 2016.