‘Civil War’ Directors Considered Killing Captain America

By September 24, 2016

While Captain America: Civil War was a pretty loose adaptation of the comic book storyline of the same name, one iconic moment almost made it from page to screen before ultimately being nixed by directors Anthony and Joe Russo. Readers will remember that the comic book series culminated with the assassination of Captain America himself, and at a special screening of the film last night, a fan asked if this was ever a consideration for the adaptation. Hitfix was onhand to capture the conversation:

Anthony Russo: We never talked about killing Cap in this one, right? no.

Joe Russo: We did for a beat. We talk about everything.

Anthony Russo: 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.

Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige was also on the panel, and pointed out that the point of the film was to fracture the team prior to the arrival of Thanos – not necessarily to remove someone from the equation completely. The Russo brothers continued:

Joe Russo: 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.

Anthony Russo: The tragedy is the family falls apart. Not that the family falls apart and then somebody dies.

Although I agree with the decision not to pull the plug on a major character in Civil War, I don’t really believe that we’re out of the woods just yet. The coming of Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War promises to be a catastrophic event, and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if we lose at least one hero before the credits roll.

Captain America: Civil War is now available on Blu-Ray and DVD, and Avengers: Infinity War is slated to hit theaters on May 4, 2018.

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Brent Hankins

Brent Hankins

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Brent Hankins is a member of the Phoenix Critics Circle and co-host of the Drinks and Discourse podcast. He's also the proud owner of an Italian Greyhound named Sullivan. He's adorable (the dog, not the author).