Somewhere in an alternate universe, fanboys got a version of Captain America: Civil War that was true to the comics: One where Cap a.k.a Steve Rogers died heroically in his fight against the authorities.
Co-directors Joe and Anthony Russo made the revelation during a “For Your Consideration” screening of Civil War, ahead of awards season. In the Q&A with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige that followed, HitFix reported that the following exchange occurred:
“We never talked about killing Cap in this one, right? No?” Anthony asked his brother. “We did for a beat. We talk about everything,” Joe replied. Anthony 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.”
In the comics, Cap is taken into custody and later assassinated by Crossbones. But in the movie, Crossbones (Frank Grillo) is thwarted in his attempt to kill Cap by Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). By the end of the movie, Cap (Chris Evans) jettisons his shield at the feet of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr). He’s later seen out of uniform, which the Russos have confirmed means that he has given up on the role of Captain America.
It’s also interesting to note that, if RDJ hadn’t signed on for the movie at the 11th hour, the Russo brothers could have gone in a completely different direction and made Civil War a zombie movie. Yes, really.
Feige also explained why none of the superheroes died, unlike in the comics:
“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.”
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