Steve Rogers Is No Longer Captain America?

Ahead of the digital home video and disc released of “Captain America: Civil War” in a few weeks, Joe and Anthony Russo have been doing press rounds for the film and have been able to speak freely about their work on it now – unafraid to tackle not just spoilers but lost ideas that didn’t make it into the film.

One key difference between the film and the comic storyline that inspired it is that by the end, Steve Rogers is still alive in the film. Yet despite this, there’s still a parallel to be drawn – namely that Steve Rogers has given up on being Captain America. Joe Russo tells The Huffington Post: “I think him dropping that shield is him letting go of that identity, him admitting that certainly the identity of Captain America was in conflict with the very personal choice that he was making.”

At the same time, Anthony Russo spoke with EW about what the third Captain America film almost featured when it wasn’t clear if Robert Downey Jr. would be available:

“There was a period where we did discuss a third act that revolved around the Madbomb from Cap mythology. The charm of the Madbomb is that you turn hordes of people into berserkers. That was the physical challenge that Cap and company would have had to face. The notion of the Madbomb would have been Cap having to fight civilians and how he would he handle that. We were always trying to put him into these interesting moral conundrums because of his nature. That would have made a compelling third act because if civilians are the antagonists, how could he stop them without killing them?”

Then there’s which spoke with Joe Russo and asked him about whether we’ll see the X-Men joining the Marvel Studios fold in the same way that Spider-Man has. Joe responded:

“As far as we know, right now there isn’t talk regarding the X-Men. I don’t know if behind-the-scenes there were conversations or if there are conversations happening but we certainly haven’t heard of any… Sony and Marvel had a relationship through Kevin [Feige] and Amy [Pascal] and through us and Amy. That’s really how Spider-Man came about. It requires a certain alchemy and a very special situation for studios to share properties.”

“Captain America: Civil War” will officially be arriving on Digital HD, Digital 3D and Disney Movies Anywhere on September 2nd and on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand on September 13th. Finally, check out a one-minute ‘Civil War’ blooper reel below: