From the moment ‘Captain America: Civil War’ was announced, comic book fans immediately speculated as to whether Marvel Studios would be bold enough to end the movie the same way the ‘Civil War’ comic book saga concluded: with the death of Steve Rogers.
It’s no spoiler to reveal that this did not come to pass – but directors Joe and Anthony Russo and producer/Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige have admitted that the thought did cross their minds when the film was first in development.
Moderate ‘Captain America: Civil War’ spoilers to follow…
Hitfix report that the directors and producer, in attendance at a Hollywood screening of the film, were asked in a post-screening Q&A why neither Captain America nor any of the other Avengers met their end in ‘Civil War.’
Joe Russo replied that they did think about killing Cap “for a beat. We talk about everything.”
Anthony Russo continued, “I think the thing to remember is, we do talk about every possible scenario over and over and over again for months and months and months.
“We talked about it. But it never made its way into a realistic outline.”
Joe Russo elaborated, “We talked about lots of potential characters dying at the end of the movie. And we thought that it would undercut what is really the rich tension of the movie, which is this is ‘Kramer vs Kramer.’ It’s about a divorce.
“If somebody dies, it would create empathy, which would change and allow for repair, and we didn’t want to do that.”
Feige added, “the ending [of ‘Civil War’] was always more about fracturing the team completely before getting into Infinity War… ultimately, we thought what happened to Rhodey [left partially paralysed after crashing in the War Machine suit] would be enough of a downer.”
Anthony Russo concluded, “The tragedy is the family falls apart. Not that the family falls apart and then somebody dies.”
This will lead to the scenario in which, as has been reported, Steve Rogers will go into ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ no longer wearing the mantle of Captain America… although something tells us things might not stay that way once the dreaded Thanos shows up.
Currently in pre-production, ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ (also set to be directed by the Russo Brothers) is scheduled to open in UK cinemas on 27 April 2018.
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