CAPTAIN AMERICA’s third Film saw the hero collide with one another in CIIVL WAR. The ideas and these had been building throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe where certain heroes didn’t always see eye to eye, plus there was all that destruction that followed them saving lives.
CIVIL WAR need key people to make it work, but what if they never got those folks on the film in the first place. Robert Downey Jr. reprised his role again as Tony Stark, aka IRON MAN, but his contract had finished so what if he turned away from the film. Well, the Russo Brothers had a plan for that:
“It was not a given that we were even going to do Civil War when we were talking about the next movie after Winter Soldier. So there was a period of time when we explored possibilities for Cap stories that did not include it.”
Obviously the pair had a plan if everything went side ways and they needed an alternative. The alternative though is a very interesting and fun idea.
“There was a period where we did discuss a third act that revolved around the Madbomb from Cap mythology. It didn’t have anything to do with Civil War, and if we couldn’t get Downey – in the very, very early conversations before we nailed him – somebody pitched the idea of a third-act that revolved around the Madbomb, which makes people crazy. It almost like zombifies them – but not literally. 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.”
That’s sounding pretty close to Marvel Zombies, a series of comics which saw the heroes infected by a virus turning them rabid but retaining a lot of their intelligence at the same time. I’m all for a fun cool idea like this, but would it have worked in a CAPTAIN AMERICA film, which are very grounded when it comes to the wider MCU.
“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?”
I’m just glad we still got CIVIL WAR as it turned out to be one of the best Marvel films they’ve produced and it showed the Russo brothers are the ones to direct the MCU into the future.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR is out on DVD/BluRay on September 13.
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