Captain America: Civil War didn’t end like its comic book namesake as Steve Rogers is still alive and kicking, but one thing they do have in common is that the titular hero no longer carries that name.
Speaking with Huffington Post, co-director Joe Russo confirmed that in those final moments of the film, Steve Rogers has given up on being Captain America.
“I think him dropping that shield is him letting go of that identity, him admitting that certainly the identity of Captain America was in conflict with the very personal choice that he was making.”
Stever Rogers has done this before in the comics too, shedding his Captain America suit to become the hero Nomad for a brief time, and most recently handing the mantle to Sam Wilson and focusing as a mission coordinator for SHIELD. It remains to be seen what, if any, identity Chris Evans’ character will take on in the films, but the Winter Soldier probably wouldn’t mind suiting up in his costume (as yesterday’s deleted scene teased).
In more Civil War news, EW has a revelation from Anthony Russo about what the third Captain America film almost featured when it wasn’t clear if Robert Downey Jr. would be available for the film.
“There was a period where we did discuss a third act that revolved around the Madbomb from Cap mythology,” he tells the outlet. “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.
“The notion of the Madbomb would have been Cap having to fight civilians and how he would he handle that,” Joe added. “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?”