Russo Brothers Almost Considered Killing Off Captain America

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While some fans may have been looking at the possibility of The Cap's death right until the end of Captain America: Civil War, it seems that directors Joe and Anthony Russo brothers also considered it at some point.

Despite the marvelous thing about the movie's lack of any significant deaths, the reason behind the decision makes a bigger sense. Speaking at an event attended by Hitfix, Marvel's Kevin Feige and the Russo brothers discussed how they had touched on the possibility of killing off Rogers in the last Captain America movie.

"I think the thing to remember is, we do talk about every possible scenario over and over again for months and months and months. We talked about it. But it never made its way into a realistic outline."

The reason for this, is that the death would never have been the main point of the story anyway. And Joe Russo summarized everything here neatly:

"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 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."

It does highlight what made Captain America: Civil War work in the first place. The entire Marvel Cinematic Universe so far had shown us these different characters, their dynamics, and their relationships. It's really in the latest movie that Marvel is able to weave significant tension into the mix—and since the goal was to end with the Avengers torn down right in the middle, it makes sense to keep it that way.

More than Steve's could-have-been death, I think this makes a more significant impact once The Avengers enters its second-to-the-last leg in Avengers: Infinity War. A broken team with no reason for regrouping may have a harder time trying to fight off the bigger threat given the big tension that hasn't been resolved in Captain America: Civil War.

I tip my hat off to this decision. Considering everything, it feels much less of a cop-out as some would feel when it comes to killing off characters. And at least we'll still hopefully get to see the innocent charm of Steve Rogers (thank you, Chris Evans) in the next Avengers movie.

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