With the fervor surrounding DC’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice settling down now, it’s time for the masses to turn their attention to the May release of Captain America: Civil War, the latest sure to be blockbuster in the Marvel Cinematic Universe canon. With less than a month to go until the film’s big debut, fans are preparing for battle lines to be drawn among their favorite Marvel heroes, as Team Captain America and Team Iron Man battle for supremacy.
When a movie heads in on this large a wave of hype and anticipation, it’s easy to understand why the studio or filmmakers might choose to shoot alternate endings to be safe, either in an attempt to offer options for the final cut or protect spoilers from the set from getting out. In fact, such alternate scenes were rumored to have been filmed for Civil War earlier this year, with one big motivation being to protect any big character deaths that might take place in this pivotal MCU chapter.
Well, according to screenwriters Stephen Markus and Christopher McFeely – who also penned the first two Cap films and are working on the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War two-part event – only one ending to Civil War was shot, and anyone who claims otherwise is simply putting out false information. As the writers told Uproxx:
Stephen McFeely: “No, I saw that on the internet and that’s crap. I read, we read we filmed three deaths.”
Christopher Markus: “This is very much the movie we’ve always intended on where we wanted to stand and where we wanted to leave it.”
While “that’s crap” is certainly a pretty blunt answer, it’s easy to imagine that it can get frustrating to personally know what happened on a given set and be constantly reading reports that contradict one’s first-hand knowledge. From a fan perspective though, it’s reassuring to find out that the creative vision behind Civil War was strong and focused enough to make the ending not in doubt enough to justify re-shoots. Giving oneself alternate ending options to an expensive studio project is certainly not a recently invented practice, and it would have been easy to understand the possible need for them on the ultra-important first installment of the MCU’s Phase 3.
With any rumblings of multiple endings now seemingly quashed, Marvel fans can feel free to get even more confident about Civil War’s prospects. With Warner Bros./DC and 20th Century Fox’s comic book film adaptations looking to cut into Marvel’s ongoing box-office dominance of the genre, Phase 3 will truly be an important one for the MCU – and a major misstep to kick things off could highlight a crack in the franchise’s armor, providing more fuel for the narrative that Marvel’s reign as king of comic book films is showing real signs of decline. However, for the time being, Captain America: Civil War is poised to keep Marvel Studios’ winning streak alive, even as WB/DC and Fox continue to release superhero heavyweights of their own, in the forms of upcoming movies like X-Men: Apocalypse and Suicide Squad.
Captain America: Civil War will release on May 6, 2016, followed by Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016;Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017;Black Panther – February 16, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp– July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019;Inhumans– July 12, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on May 1, July 10 and November 6, 2020.