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“Captain America: Civil War” might be about the conflicting Avengers ideals between Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Captain America (Chris Evans), but it also is going to be a story about friendship.

This is the first movie that features both of Captain America’s sidekicks Falcon and Bucky in substantial roles that don’t involve the Winter Soldier trying to kill everyone. Anthony Mackie teases a “kindred friendship” that blossoms between his character Falcon, Evans’ Captain America and Sebastian Stan’s Bucky Barnes.

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“The relationship between the three characters is more so a bond of kindred friendship,” Mackie tells Zap2it and a group of journalists at Disney’s D23 Expo. “My respect for Cap helps me to help him find Bucky, because I know how much that means to him, knowing where he’s come from and everything and what he’s going through to this point. It’s more so an understanding and a respect than it is three guys chumming around having a good time.”

Captain America’s last standalone movie, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” ended with the superhero setting out on a quest with Falcon to find his brainwashed best friend. That story thread continued in “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” and a credits scene at the end of “Ant-Man” showed the pair will find Bucky in “Civil War.”

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Evans explains that Cap and Bucky’s off-screen journey to find Bucky has helped them grow even closer. “Coming off the last movie, Falcon is the one guy he actually — having known the least in terms of history — he actually trusts the most,” he says. “Coming into this movie, there’s a really nice kinship between these two characters. They do a good job of picking up where we left off in the last movie.”

The trailer for “Civil War” Disney showed at D23 teased Bucky getting his memory back and fighting on Captain America’s side in the showdown between the Avengers. Though this is a “Captain America” film, it features as many Marvel superheroes as an “Avengers” movie. Still, Evans says like it feels well-balanced.

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“I don’t know if it feels like an ‘Avengers’ movie,” he says. “I haven’t been on an ‘Avengers’ movie where you have to really balance a lot of storylines; they do a pretty good job of kind of understanding the arc of what the story needs. To be honest, it involves Mackie to a great deal.”

Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige previously explained to Zap2it: “‘Civil War’ is a surprisingly grounded story about two characters [Iron Man and Captain America] that most audience members have come to know and like and admire finding themselves on different sides of a political argument, like the country does on many occasions, and how they both respond to that. That’s the story. So it’s actually a very, very simple story, and then how their personal relationships fit into that.”

“Captain America: Civil War” hits theaters on May 6, 2016.

Posted by:Terri Schwartz