Marvel’s Kevin Feige and Joe and Anthony Russo turned up at a ‘for your consideration’ awards screening event for “Captain America: Civil War” yesterday and revealed that during the film’s development they did have discussions about possibly killing off Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) in the film just like he was in the comics.
The Russos confirmed (via HitFix) that at some undisclosed point during the film’s development the discussion was had, but ultimately was dismissed pretty quickly. Joe Russo says: “We did for a beat. We talk about everything” and Anthony added:
“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.”
Feige says the primary goal of ‘Civil War’ was to shatter the team ahead of Thanos’ arrival in “Avengers: Infinity War”. Joe elaborated further:
“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 then added:
“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.”
The Russos will start back-to-back production on “Avengers: Infinity War” and an untitled fourth Avengers film toward’s year’s end. Joe says that ‘Civil War’ is effectively just the start of this arc:
“We always thought of this movie as the start of the war. It’s not over yet. At the end of Civil War Cap drops his shield because Tony tells him he doesn’t deserve it any longer, and perhaps he doesn’t. His responsibility to himself is now in conflict with his responsibility to others, and he will struggle to resolve that. His road forward involves figuring out who Steve Rogers is without the shield.”
Marvel has currently locked in a May 4th 2018 release for “Avengers: Infinity War,” with the untitled sequel to follow a year later.