The biggest fallout from the comic version of Marvel’s Civil War was that they “killed” Steve Rogers in it and the Russo brothers actually discussed doing the same thing in ‘Captain America: Civil War‘! This would have come to a shock to many with Chris Evans still under contract though with how Captain America “died” in the comic and the upcoming events of ‘Avengers: Infinity War‘ there would still be leeway in finding a way to bring him back to the land of the living.
Especially as there are already rumblings that Hugo Weaving’s Red Skull may return to life in the fallout of ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ assuming that he was just transported into limbo and not killed by the Tesseract.
Talks aside, they couldn’t have been serious or lasted long as Anthony Russo stated:
“We never talked about killing Cap in this one, right? No?”
Where his brother Joe Russo responded:
“We did for a beat. We talk about everything.”
That seemed to have Anthony remember the conversation as:
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.
So why didn’t they go with killing off a superhero when the opportunity to bring them back was just around the corner? Joe explains:
“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.”
Kevin Feige also weighed in:
“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.”
To be honest, the films try to stay somewhat grounded in reality and we don’t tend to see people returning to the land of the living outside of Agent Coulson. While it would be feasible to use the Tesseract to bring Red Skull back as he had disappeared into it, this would have been a stretch to see Rogers return.
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