Fans were pleasantly surprised enough that Spider-Man was able to swing his way into Captain America – Civil War earlier this year following an unprecedented deal between Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios, but the version that made it to screen may not have been the original plan. The revelation that Spider-Man would be on Iron Man’s side along with the news that William Hurt would be reprising his role as General Ross, despite the absence of Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk, sparked some debate over whether or not Peter Parker would utilize the Iron Spider suit in the film. Turns out he almost did.
Civil War co-director Joe Russo sat down with ComicBook.com and revealed that Iron Spider as well as General Ross transforming into Red Hulk were considered for the film, but scrapped.
“We had so many characters in that movie as it was. We consider everything, obviously, but with so many characters in that movie as it was to try and entertain adding another character and to get to the Red Hulk, you have to add a back story. You have to substantiate the narrative to get to that. [Thaddeus Ross], on our list of priorities, he was there sort of as the government’s agenda and not to add another complicated super powered character to the mix.”
Can’t argue too much with Russo there. Civil War certainly was bursting to the brim with characters and adding in more, no matter how cool, would most certainly have pushed the picture dangerously close to overkill. But fear not Marvel fans, as Russo also didn’t rule out the possibility of seeing either character incarnation down the road.
“We had a board when we started this process of the movies with these Avengers characters that have ever graced the screen in a Marvel film and a list of characters that we have at our disposal that haven’t graced the screen. We spent the last six to eight months crafting stories around the cornucopia of characters at our disposal so anything is possible.”
With the Russo Brothers at the helm of the upcoming Avengers – Infinity War, one can assume they most certainly haven’t ruled out any option.
Captain America – Civil War arrives on Blu-ray/DVD on September 13.