SPOILERS: ‘Captain America: Civil War’ Writers On Ending

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Do not read on if you have not yet seen, Captain America: Civil War, for it has details on the film’s conclusion. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, I’d suggest you buy your tickets now, for it is bound to break records on this opening weekend.

Screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who previously penned the scripts to the first two Captain America movies: The First Avenger and The Winter Soldier were tasked by Marvel to write the third chapter in this trilogy of Steve Rogers’ journey from WWII to modern day. In adapting Civil War to the screen, Markus and McFeely largely disavowed from the comic, instead focusing more on Cap and Bucky’s relationship.

Also, the film departed from the original comic’s finale, in which Cap dies. In the film’s conclusion, instead of seeing Cap bite the dust, we see him go into hiding after that fateful confrontation between him, Bucky, and Tony Stark – who feels utterly betrayed by Cap after witnessing a surveillance video from 1991 in which Bucky kills his parents. We also see in the mid-credits scene that both Steve and Bucky are now in Wakanda, under the protection of the now King T’Challa.

But interestingly enough, no major heroes die by the end of this film. This has become a criticism from some fans who feel that Marvel has had a record of killing characters – only for them to be brought back again.

In an interview with comicbook.com, the writers explain the film’s lack of hero’s deaths.

SM: Hey, we never told anyone someone was going to die!

CM: There is a corporate decision of, “We want that guy fighting in that movie, so you can’t kill him.” But, also, it would wrap up this conflict that we wanted to stay messy and keep it going so that everyone is still a little sick to their stomach about this conflict that they have not concluded.

SM: I see this all the time, like, “In order to shake it up they’ve gotta kill somebody!” Well, the challenge is, I think we shook it up plenty and there are ways to take big swings and move the ball down the field without just murdering half the cast. That’s not the only way you can change the universe. 

CM: Plus, comic book movies in general – but Marvel in particular – is accused of none of the deaths last. So, even if you put a death in, people are gonna go, “[Grumbling sounds].” So, it’s like, why bother to do it? You can have more impact not killing somebody than you can killing people at this point. We’ll kill them if they need to die.

SM: We’re not afraid!


Captain America: Civil War is now playing in theaters.

Source: comicbook.com

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  • Larry

    This “death” issue is getting ludicrous. Especially since we just had a competitor ‘kill’ of their most important characters only to reveal minutes later that person is returning. Marvel isn’t the only studio that uses this plot device. And the argument that someone needs to die and remain dead isn’t valid in a comic-based film where characters have been dying and returning in comics canon for decades. It’s a staple of comicbook lore. And Marvel has killed characters -and up to this point are still dead -Quicksilver is one, And just because you don’t care about that character isn’t a good enough reason to dismiss that. Most presume he will return but it hasn’t happened yet -nor is there a promise he will.

  • Steve Steve

    HBO’s Game of Thrones, despite its own excellence, is ruining storytelling. Audiences now expect “shocking” deaths, which is a paradox.

    Great long-form storytelling is in the changing dynamics of the fictional world. Death is an avenue to accomplish that change, but to rely on death to drive a story is to destroy the purpose of the death.

    The tragedy behind the foundational rift in the friendship of Rogers and Stark, along with the shaky footing of the other heroes, serves better than any death to drive the MCU story forward. That would be the case even without audience perception of the “illegitimate death” incumbent in comic book stories.

    • Liam Argent

      Totally agree with you dude. The only things that annoy me personally is fake out deaths like Bucky in Cap 1, Pepper in Iron Man 3, Loki in Thor 2 and Nick Fury in Cap 2. I feel far more confident with they guys headlining the Marvel films. Civil War totally didn’t require any deaths and it would have left a bad feeling in the mouth if heroes killed other heroes. I’m sure some characters will die in Infinity War, but that will be a far better time to do so!

      • Steve Steve

        The Bucky fake-out death was necessary for the entire phase two arc.

        You are bang on about heroes killing heroes. You and everyone else would be unpleasant following a death in this story. In the Civil War arc, Cap is killed, not by Tony, but readers blamed Tony anyway. Iron Man’s book sales dropped significantly. People didn’t forgive Tony until the Iron Man film came along.

        • Liam Argent

          Oh yeh, totally agree, that was like the first time they did it! It’s just they did it sooo often afterwards that it got annoying and at least with Bucky’s death, it wasn’t revealed until the next film!

    • Vegas82

      Exactly! The only reason Han Solo is dead is because of Game of Thrones! Or, and hear me out here, in drama killing major characters is something that’s been done for hundreds of years. When a studio refuses to kill off any of its characters you start to lose any sense of danger concerning those characters and, thus, any tension that could be felt.

      And it’s not like they don’t have extra characters they could kill off. Hawkeye has been nothing but a comic foil for a while now and has been out of place in pretty much every film to date.

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      • Steve Steve

        Your point here is exactly what my OP is addressing. People have this perception that great drama is centered around shocking deaths. The trouble with that approach is exactly what we are currently observing in pop-culture. The propensity for killing major characters has created a demand for constant death. But constant death begets expectation of death, thereby destroying the dramatic value of the deaths.

        The most common criticism of the Han Solo death was that it was predictable. Why do people care about that? My only answer is that people have been trained to expect a shocking death, which means a non-shocking death has less merit.

        I found the death of Han to be incredibly powerful. It was not shocking (especially for nerds like me {us?} who read the rumors 2 years in advance). The value of the scene was in Han’s willingness to risk his life to make one last effort to save his son, Han’s trepidation, followed by hope, followed by shock & heartbreak. There was value in Ren facing his own honor, and humanity, only to surrender it all in an effort to cleanse himself. He wanted to be better, and he became worse. The tragedy of that death had merit well beyond the hollow “shock” that people have come to expect.

        • Vegas82

          Not really. My point is that we expect there to be stakes in drama and when a studio, like Marvel, decides to never kill off any main characters it creates an issue. Especially when they have no problem killing off villains.

          • Steve Steve

            Not really??? What kind of argument is that? I heard your point. It is oft repeated on comment boards. The logic is corrupted and weak. Read my comments again. Try your best to retain the information I’ve lain out. Come up with a decent response or don’t bother responding.

    • Chris W

      My fingers are still crossed for a Ned Stark return.

  • Axxell

    I’ve never had issue with characters resurrecting in comic books, and I never did in the movies either…it’s called fiction for a reason.