Captain America 3: The Walking Dead
It's funny how these little bits of information trickle out at the most unexpected times. The Russo Bros. who directed Captain America: The Winter Soldier and more recently Avengers 3 *cough* sorry, I mean Captain America Civil War painted a very different picture for how the threequel would have turned out had they have not secured Robert Downey Jr. to star.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Joe Russo explains what could have happened had Civil War plans fallen through:
"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. We spent a few weeks doing that, although Civil War came up fairly early in the process and once that happened it took over our brains and we ran hard at it."
"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 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."
Interesting stuff. I don't want to say that we dodged a bullet here, but I'm definitely relieved that we got the movie that we did. I like the idea of Cap dealing with the morality of fighting civilians and the internal and external struggle that that would cause. But seriously, haven't we seen enough brain-washing and zombies? I think the only thing that this would have improved upon in relation to Civil War is that it probably would have had a heavier focus on Captain America himself, y'know, the star of the movie. I also would hope that it would have fleshed out Baron Zemo a bit more and given him that sweet costume.
I'm glad this didn't happen, but that's not to say that they shouldn't dip back into this well later on as there are certainly little nuggets of potential. I'm just not really down with the brainwashing angle. But hey, it's the Russo's, so they probably would have pulled it off in a satisfying way. I guess we'll never know...or will we?
Captain America: Civil War hits blu-ray and DVD on September 13th, 2016.
SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly