Okay so let me talk to you about the Russo Brothers
One of the things we were most excited about this con was that the Russo Brothers were going to be there! Now, don’t get me wrong - Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Hayley Atwell, and (of course) Frank Grillo are HUGE draws and super cool - but really, when you get down to it, its the Russo Brothers who have a greater hand in making my favorite movie what it is.
So yeah, my wife ( @araniaart ) and I were super stoked to be meeting them - we went directly to their table on Friday and waiting for them for a few hours because we were near the front and that excited to see them. I do think the con might have underestimated the draw of these guys, because their line got filled up pretty fast. Now, like in the most cases of signature tables at cons, I think most of the people there were there to just get their signature on some Civil War something or other to up its value, so I think by the time we actually got to meet them, we were the first fans to really just start gushing and fangirling.
“You’re work is a gift to mankind,” wifey said when we walked up (they seemed amused). We didn’t have a TON of time with them, after all there were a lot of people waiting, but they were SO generous and nice and didn’t rush us at all. We told them that CATWS was legitimately out favorite movie and all that jazz. But the real highlight was when we brought up Stucky.
It started when @araniaart brought up how perfect their response in China was about the relationship between Bucky and Steve (if you’re not familiar with it, check out the relevant bits here). Not only did they look pleased we were familiar with that interview, Joe (who by the way was more vocal and open than his brother, who seemed a bit more reserved, but they were both listening and contributing to the conversation) emphasized that they are completely supportive/comfortable with any interpretation of their characters and their relationships. That’s why they make movies after all - like all art how the fans interpret the art is why they do it. That’s what makes great storytelling. It’s not really their job to tell us, as fans, how to interpret the stuff you can read between the lines.
We were overjoyed with that, of course, and I joked, “We’re slight Stucky fans, if you couldn’t tell,” as we were obviously a couple and cosplaying Cap and Bucky. Joe smiled and looked directly at me and said, “If you love Stucky, you’re going to love Civil War.”
Well, there it is. Proof that they know the term, used the term several times throughout the con, and seemed to indicate that the trailer is probably just a taste of the heart-wrenching stucky goodness we’re going to get out of this damned film which will probably kill me.
We were ecstatic with that answer of course - we told them as bisexual monogamous ladies ourselves how IMPORTANT that is to us. Joe and Anthony were so nice and supportive. Arania gave them a watercolor piece she did which they seemed really touched about (I have a feeling they don’t get as many ‘fan gifts’ as the actors do) and of course, without even asking for it, Joe wrote our inscription on the poster:
Lookit at these adorable fuckers. They know exactly what they are doing here. They know THE LINE. They know what it sounds like, lol.
Anyway, they let us take a picture with them, too, and just seemed pleased as punch to have met us.
Not only were they generous enough to sign the poster, they also signed our CATWS poster (because, at least for now, that’s our favorite movie), and they got to pop the cherry on our new shield-for-signatures.
And that, my friends, was only day one.
The next day was super busy with photo ops and signatures of the headliners, but we did manage to swing by the Russo’s table again. Sadly, they were just packing up to leave but when they walked by they recognized us and waved, and asked if we were going to their screening later that day (which of course, we were!)
Sadly, because of all the photo ops and such we missed most of their first panel, but we did catch the tail end of it. Stucky got brought up again. <3 I really need to dig up some videos from that panel, it sounded like fun. But as I mentioned, we only caught the tail end, and both Joe and Anthony saw us before they left, and made a point to wave to us.
Screen Junkies and The Russo’s has a screening of CATWS that evening and… holy shit. There was so much said and going on, I don’t know if I can recall all of it, but it was amazing. Especially because Screen Junkies asked up to sit up front (they liked our costumes) and we ended up being virtually RIGHT next to the Russo’s during the screening.
So close, that while a majority of the questions were fielded by the Screen Junkies, wifey and I were close enough to ask questions and personally comment with them as well. And they were SUPER nice about it. Actually - going back to the fact that Joe seems like the more extroverted of the two, he mostly spoke to the crowd/Screen Junkies but Anthony was closer and seemed to enjoy the more one-on-one interaction.
Unfortunately they couldn’t stay the whole time (they left after Steve’s escape from the Triskelion) but even for the amount they were there is was probably the Crown Jewel of the whole weekend.
I mean, to sit in the same room with the DIRECTORS of your FAVORITE MOVIE was just something I don’t know I would ever have the honor of doing. I’m going to try to list the most significant things I can remember them talking about / learning while watching:
- they had to fight to get Black Widow in as an important role as she did, eventually it seems Marvel wanted to focus on mostly Cap and Falcon, but they really wanted to delve into Black Widow and get a solid grasp of her character
- They definitely didn’t want to do a romance plot with Black Widow, instead, they seriously wanted to focus on the texture and depth a friendship could be. (I would say, “Sorry, Romongers,” but that would be silly considering their answers previously to Stucky. So if you’re a Romongers shipper, you keep on doing you).
- The Russos agonized over almost everything to make sure it was in-character for Steve. Would he really throw a knife through someone’s hand? Yes, he was about to set off an alarm. Where would he keep his shield? In the bathroom? The bedroom? The hallway?
- Was “It’s Been a Long, Long Time” a deliberate choice. Yes.
- Anthony Russo referred to me as his friend ;) I know he was just being polite but still, my fluttering heart.
- If you didn’t know already, Joe Russo is the surgeon (the very sexy surgeon, as he pointed out) who is operating on Nick Fury after he’s shot, and later treats Nat’s gsw in the underground bunker.
- They also explained the reason they used TWS to go after Nick Fury to begin with - they actually based his car after what the President uses. They researched its specs and features (like being able to take a bomb exploding underneath it, for example) and basically gave it a FULL SHIELD upgrade. Nick Fury is harder to kill than the president, so that’s why they brought in the big gun. And to also show, narratively, that a full squadron of HYDRA agents couldn’t take down Nick Fury but the Soldier shows up and immediately ends the fight.
- They also explained why everything seemed to happen NOW and so suddenly - basically just the completion of the Insight Hellicarriers.
- Why does Steve live in a crappy apartment? He’s an everyman - he most likely wouldn’t choose to draw a salary from SHEILD (just ask to cover his modest living expenses). He also most likely gave away most of his money he would have received as back-pay from the US Army to charity because he’s fucking Steve Rogers, guys.
- The cute kid from the Smithsonian exhibit is the Russo’s nephew.
- The women speaking in Sam Wilson’s support group is their sister.
- Robert Redford only agreed to do the film because his grandchildren are huge fans of comic book movies - so the joke about Iron Man making a fly-by at Pierce’s granddaughter’s birthday wasn’t completely inaccurate.
- Joe might have accidentally slipped who dies in Civil War. Anthony looked a bit blanched when he did, and they tried to cover by joking about a Red Herring. So either he slipped, or they were being purposely deceptive. Only time will tell (and no, I’m not going to say who).
That’s all the highlights I can think of right this second… *taps chin* I might add more later so feel free to check back. I didn’t record the whole thing, but I did get the last couple of minutes if you want to see what the experience was like.