The press tour for Captain America: Civil War continues to truck along, and with it new information keeps getting unveiled. This time, it’s in regards to the Captain America 3 film that could have been. In an interview with Screencrush, the film’s writers, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, revealed Cap’s third movie was originally meant to be a direct continuation to The Winter Soldier.

They had a storyline mapped out, but “it never got to draft,” Markus explained. “We started out working on a Captain America 3 and what would that be, picking up the thread that had been left behind by Winter Soldier. So it was Bucky, it was Steve and the ramifications of digging deeper into that relationship.”

The two were actively working on the narrative that would seemingly pick up the story of Cap and Falcon’s search for Bucky. However, while in their office one day, Markus says Kevin Feige came in and spoke two simple, yet world-shaking words to them: “Civil War.”


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“Well, that’s a problem. An expensive problem,” McFeely mentioned to Screencrush with a laugh. Markus joked that when the two relayed the expense of hiring Robert Downey Jr., Feige shrugged it off and asked them to get to work on a Civil War story. “Many lawyers were called,” Markus recalled.

Although some clear changes were made, the two insist that much of their original plans are still alive in Civil War. “A lot of that movie is in this movie. The central theme, even the way Zemo (Daniel Bruhl) is operating, are from that iteration,” McFeely clarified.

Fortunately, we won’t have to wait long to see the results of their switch in narratives. Captain America: Civil War hits theaters May 6.


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