What Does a "Controversial Ending" for Captain America: Civil War Really Mean?

Wednesday, 24 February 2016 - 5:21PM
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Captain America: Civil War
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 - 5:21PM
What Does a "Controversial Ending" for Captain America: Civil War Really Mean?
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Anyone who's read the Civil War comics has very specific expectations, particularly for the iconic ending that had widespread ramifications in the Marvel universe. Now, Anthony Russo, co-director of Captain America: Civil War, has characterized the ending of the movie as "controversial," which can be interpreted as a hint that they will stick to the controversial ending of the comics:

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"The consequences of Civil War will have an even more significant impact [than The Winter Soldier]," Russo told Empire (via CBM). "In Civil War, we're going to change the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Psychology, and it's an extreme shift. [It will have a] very dramatic ending that will be controversial for a lot of people."
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In the comics, Steve surrenders to Tony to stop the bloodshed, only to be assassinated on the way to the courthouse for his arraignment. In these statements, Russo could be hinting that the film will conform to that version of events, as that ending would be pretty controversial for the large portion of the audience who is unfamiliar with the comics. However, there's also a chance that they will change the ending, as that would be extremely controversial to anyone who is aware of the comics. 

It's hard to say, but I would guess that Russo is hinting at the former. Marvel is generally prone to fan service, and that ending is narratively the most fitting anyway, so it's not even perfunctory fan service. The only reason to change the ending, as far as I can tell, would be to keep Chris Evans in the MCU. But, speaking of conforming to the comics, superheroes who die can always come back. I wouldn't be a big fan of that development, as it drains everything of dramatic tension if death doesn't mean anything, but I would guess that that's what they're planning to do for Avengers: Infinity War.


Captain America: Civil War hits theaters on May 6.
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