‘Captain America: Civil War’ Filmmakers Reveal a Couple of Scenes That Were Cut
After two phases of superhero films, Marvel’s filmmaking engine has become rather efficient, which is why you shouldn’t expect to see much in the way of deleted scenes when Captain America: Civil War eventually hits DVD and Blu-ray. Still, cuts are inevitable, and according to the directors and screenwriters, there are at least a couple of notable — if somewhat minor — moments that didn’t make the theatrical version.
The theatrical version is only 13 minutes shorter than the original cut, so directors Joe and Anthony Russo ultimately didn’t leave too much on the editing room floor. But in an interview with Slashfilm, screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely reveal one of the sequences that didn’t make it to the big screen. It’s not huge, but Markus says it would’ve given Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang a longer intro:
There was a point where we went all the way with Scott Lang in San Francisco and got to have a little more taste of what his life was like, and it was fun to write for us. But it was unnecessary, so it never made it to the camera.
When pushed for more details, the duo wouldn’t go any further, but they did offer a little insight into their writing process. Given the production schedule and scope of the MCU, it seems like Markus and McFeely have to deal with a fair amount of rewriting as characters and arcs are affected by other films:
Markus: No! We were probably wrong. Because of the nature of when we start making the movie versus when it comes out, as we’re doing it for Infinity War, we wrote a lot, if not all, of Scott Lang’s stuff before we ever saw Ant-Man. You just have to roll with that because we need to film.
McFeely: We assume that the Infinity War drafts we turn in shortly are…we’re probably just wrong on some of these voices.
The Russo brothers told ComicBook.com about another small scene that was cut:
There was a scene between Natasha and T’Challa at the German Ops Center, halfway through the movie when he was sitting in that room. Cap and Falcon had been isolated in the other conference room. We didn’t feel like it was moving the storytelling forward and they had already had a scene. It felt repetitive, so it was something we excised from the movie.
As you can see, the Russos have really streamlined their process, so while we won’t get to see a bunch of deleted scenes, that’s probably a good thing.
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