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‘Captain America’ Movie About Killer Drones and Obama’s ‘Kill List’, Say Film’s Directors…


The directors of Captain America: The Winter Soldier have dropped a huge bombshell, by revealing that the popular sequel is a scathing critique of the Obama Administration’s controversial “Kill List.”

“[Marvel] said they wanted to make a political thriller,” Joe Russo, the co-director of the film along with his brother Anthony, said. “So we said if you want to make a political thriller, all the great political thrillers have very current issues in them that reflect the anxiety of the audience…That gives it an immediacy, it makes it relevant. So [Anthony] and I just looked at the issues that were causing anxiety for us, because we read a lot and are politically inclined. And a lot of that stuff had to do with civil liberties issues, drone strikes, the president’s kill list, preemptive technology.”

The directors, working closely with screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, said that in The Winter Soldier, Captain America and the rest of the Marvel Universe heroes confront the government program “Project Insight,” which involves three Helicarriers (basically just drones), that target citizens based on data and intel fed to them electronically.

These Helicarrier drones preemptively eliminate “potential threats” to national and global security.

“It was all leading up to Snowden,” Joe explained to Mother Jones. “It was all in the ether [already], it was all part of the zeitgeist. The Snowden stuff actually happened while we were shooting.”

“If there are 100 people we can kill to make us safer, do we do it? What if we find out there’s 1,000?…What if it’s a million?”

Before their work on The Winter Soldier, the two brothers were well known for their satire of the Bush era and Iraq War.

Joe says that they actually had to cut out a lot of political commentary to keep the movie on topic and action-focused.

“There were already things in the script that just needed to be pulled out to make it more [relevant].”

As for the theme of challenging preemptive, targeted killing. “The question is where do you stop?” Joe asks. “If there are 100 people we can kill to make us safer, do we do it? What if we find out there’s 1,000? What if we find out there’s 10,000? What if it’s a million? At what point do you stop?”

That’s a very good question.

(Article by M.B. David)

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