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


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

Noah Villaverde

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