The Russo Brothers Considered Killing Captain America In ‘Civil War’

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For a brief moment, directors Anthony and Joe Russo considered giving the Captain America: Civil War film a comic book-accurate ending, where the titular character died.

This revelation occurred last night at a “For Your Consideration” screening of Civil War, in preparation for awards season. Following the screening, the Russo Brothers engaged in a Q&A along with Kevin Feige, where they dropped this bit of news to the audience, which included a presence by HitFix, who reported this.

“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.”

At the end of the original Civil War comic, Captain America is assassinated by the character, Crossbones. In the film version, Crossbones is played by Frank Grillo who attempts to kill Captain America in a suicide bombing, but is thwarted by Scarlett Witch at the last second, which results in the villain’s death.

Speaking on the subject of how none of the heroes died in the film at all, Feige talked about the goal of Civil War:

“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 went on to reference the popular comic and how the consequences in that book had to be different in the film:

“In the amazing comic book story, which certainly the conceit of this movie is based on and some of the specifics — during their big battle, which has a hundred times as many characters, a character dies. And we talked about that for a while. And, ultimately, we thought what happened to Rhodey would be enough of a downer.”

Captain America: Civil War is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray.

Source: HitFix

Robert Coleman

Robert Coleman

Writer at Heroic Hollywood and complete geek when it comes to all things superheroes in movies and TV.

  • LupeX

    The comicbook is iconic for a reason. The film is vacuous and empty brawling. No lessons were learned, no serious themes were explored.
    It was just an excuse to jump from one lame joke to another action set piece to another lame joke to another fight sequence to another quip. Very poor bubblegum writing

    • unpaidpundit

      I thought “Civil War” was good entertainment, but very overrated by the media film critics. “Civil War” is not anywhere as good as “Winter Soldier.”

      • MaDNaD

        Totally agree and just commented on this

  • unpaidpundit

    It sounds like no one involved in making the film ever seriously considered killing off Cap. Captain America moves way too much merchandise for the MCU to ever kill him off. I wouldn’t be surprised if there is more Cap themed merchandise sold than Spider-man or Iron Man merch. Mark the worlds of unpaidpundit — Cap will return for “Infinity War,” regardless of whatever rumors Marvel might try to spread in order to increase anticipation.

  • Bill

    Well duh they didn’t. That would have made it interesting or gave it some stakes and they refuse to do that

    • …Is what a crazy person would say.

    • Carl

      Yeah because killing Superman really made BvS interesting and gave it stakes… lol

  • Peter James

    >>>>”At the end of the original Civil War comic, Captain America is assassinated by the character, Crossbones.”

    Actually it was…(**Spoiler Alert**)…….Agent 13 (Sharon Carter) who fired the shot that killed him.

    She was under some influence when she did it.

  • MaDNaD

    Civil War was soo overrated, winter Soldier was a far superior movie and one of my favourite superhero movies.

    As usual the villain was a let down and I think they should have used Tony starks parents deaths earlier as a catalyst for stark and the cap to fight each other.

    And general ross , if I recall in his last outing, he caused mayhem in Brooklyn and almost killed his own daughter turned a full 180 degrees and now wants control?

    Just didn’t make sense , didn’t stark recruit him at the end of hulk?

    These are my opinions folks so curb the fanboy backlash

    • Carl

      General Ross was a General. He was authorized to make those kinds of decisions. His actions were in line with what we previously saw.

      I thought the villain in Civil War was perfect. He was dangerous and mysterious. He stayed on the periphery, manipulating the scenario and tore apart the Avengers without throwing a single punch. Iron Man was the main combative antagonist. It was different then what you expect from a typical superhero film where the good guys have to eventually team up to fight some big bad. I applaud them for that decision and not letting Zemo off himself. I hope they use him again.

      • SAMURAI36

        General Ross was a General. He was authorized to make those kinds of decisions. His actions were in line with what we previously saw.

        No he wasn’t. He was acting on his own behalf. You just made that up. Nobody authorized him to do any of the stuff in the film that he did, such as unlawfully recreate the super soldier experiment, go to Brazil and start an international incident, and engage in full-on combat at a school, all 3 incidents endangering lives, including that of his own daughter.

        I thought the villain in Civil War was perfect. He was dangerous and mysterious. He stayed on the periphery, manipulating the scenario and tore apart the Avengers without throwing a single punch. Iron Man was the main combative antagonist. It was different then what you expect from a typical superhero film where the good guys have to eventually team up to fight some big bad. I applaud them for that decision and not letting Zemo off himself. I hope they use him again.

        You would think the villain in Silly War was “perfect”. He was pointless and stupid. He served no value whatsoever.

        • Carl

          You would think the villain in Suicide Squad or BvS were “perfect”. They were pointless and stupid. They served no value whatsoever.

          That’s how you would sound if you were trying to insult yourself, except those would be accurate statements, because those were truly awful villains.

          • SAMURAI36

            See, this is how stupid you sound. I didn’t say anything about SS. This is just you deflecting again. You can’t refute my points, so you resort to saying something dumb, in hopes that I’ll bite and follow you down your idiotic rabbit hole.

          • Carl

            You bit.

          • MaDNaD

            These are just opinions mate, calm down.

            I am laughing that you retaliated with ‘ The villains in BvS and SS are stupid’.

            This is a thread about civil war, not a marvel vs dc thing.

          • Carl

            You don’t know Sammy then. He is all about deflecting and bringing up things that aren’t relevant. It was a comment directed at him. I love messing with him because he is crazy and is the one that needs to calm down. He is frequently insulting and lies about me all the time.

  • Carl

    Captain America doesn’t die in the Civil War comic. Stop spreading that lie.

    • LupeX

      You’re joking, right? This is why no one ever takes you seriously.

      • Carl

        No, it’s the truth. He dies in the aftermath. Captain America #25 I believe.