‘Captain America: Civil War’ Directors Tease Whether or Not the Shield Will Ever Be Passed On

By April 28, 2016

Anthony and Joe Russo have done for Captain America, what few other comic book movies ever have for their titular heroes. They’ve brought a character that was often criticized for being too bland or vanilla, and not only given him two of the best Marvel movies ever, but turned him into a deep, poetic, and complex character onscreen. Of course, some of that credit must also be given to Chris Evans’ increasingly spectacular portrayal of Steve Rogers as well.

There’s been a lot of talk over the past few months though, and really, ever since Civil War was first announced, if Marvel Studios is ever planning on killing or retiring Steve Rogers’ version of Captain America, and ever passing the shield and mantle on to Anthony Mackie’s Falcon or Sebastian Stan’s Bucky, similar to their arcs in the comics.

While recently speaking with HeyUGuys as well, the Russo brothers addressed whether or not fans can expect to see another character weilding the shield anytime after Infinity War:

“We are moving into a Phase with the storytelling where when we bring Captain America’s story forward from Civil War, it’s going to be into Avengers: Infinity War. That’s the next chapter so to speak in his specific story and there’s been no talk of where we go beyond that yet. Those are two gigantic movies that are intended to be the culmination of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, so there is going to be storytelling that happens in those films that we haven’t seen yet in the MCU, so who’s to say what the condition of the characters are at that point or who even makes it to that movie to begin with. Who makes it out of those movies is anybody’s guess at this point…”

So basically, it might happen or it might not. It is interesting that they say Infinity War is going to, in some way, continue Cap’s story though, which could mean some very exciting things for the character. Is it possible we’re going to see that iconic moment, where he stands up to Thanos at the end? I don’t think I’m the only one hoping so at this point.

In an even more interesting note as well, the directing duo went on to explain why they’re planning on shooting Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Part 2 back-to-back, and that they’re much more different movies than people might expect, and aren’t just two parts of one story:

“We start shooting in November, so we’re literally getting the scripts from the writers in the next two weeks… They’re both very different movies. We aren’t blocking them together because they’re one long movie broken into two, we’re blocking them together because that’s the way you can assemble the massive cast that’s required to shoot both of these movies and make it financially possible. That’s the reason for shooting them back to back.”

The filmmakers have been teasing the uniqueness of Infinity War quite a bit over the past few weeks during the Civil War press tour, teasing it as being a multi-perspective film similar to that of Nashville even. The mention that Part 1 and Part 2 are going to be very different films, that aren’t necessarily two parts of one complete story is an interesting shift from what I think many of us, myself included, have expected the two films to end up being too. At this point, it’s shaping up to be Marvel’s most artistic, and daring set of films to date.

After all, who ever would have thought you’d see a superhero movie, with the same structure as a Robert Altman film?

Captain America: Civil War will hit theatres on May 6th.

Make sure to keep checking back for more updates — right here on GeekNation.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable