“Captain America: Civil War” is the longest Marvel film thus far, but directors Joe and Anthony Russo revealed that prior to the final cut, the film was supposedly a little bit longer than how it ended up.
“The first cut of the movie was about two hours and forty one minutes and this new cut is two hours and twenty eight minutes,” Joe told Comicbook.com. “So, not much was cut out of the film.”
While a measly 20 minutes may feel like a lot more other sequences that could have been shown in the movie, the Russos reasoned that they needed to take out a couple of scenes for the cohesiveness in storytelling. Moreover, the brothers chalked it up to the writers of the movie, Christopher Markus and Marcus McFeely for the help they have given in honing the flow of the narrative.
“We work very well with our writers Markus and McFeely, the writers,” Anthony shared. “We work very hard with them on the script before we shoot. That time on set is so precious. It kills us to shoot anything that’s not gonna end up in the movie so we try to have a very, very, very tight script going into the film and so there is a couple things but they’re not big things.”
Speaking of the writers, Markus and McFeely have also been doing the rounds for press junkets ahead of the movie and like the Russos, they also gave some insights on the process of making a massive film like “Civil War.”
Arguably being one of the most character filled film, the writers divulged that one other superhero almost made it to the cut – The Wasp. Supposedly played by Evangeline Lily, the renaissance of The Wasp was teased by the end of Paul Rudd’s “Ant Man” last year where Hank Pym (Michael Douglass) introduced the character’s new suit to Hope.
The thought of adding another character in the movie may be enticing and Marvel does not seem to have a problem balancing the story for character laden films, but the writers decided to backtrack on the plan revealing that they felt like they were taking away something big for the upcoming “Ant Man and the Wasp” movie.
“There was a period where we talked about bringing Wasp in. There was actually a draft Wasp was in because she was so almost on the edge of being in ‘Ant-Man,’ but then you’re taking something awesome out of the ‘Ant-Man’ team’s quiver if it’s like, ‘Well, we’re doing her!’ Plus she had a similar skill set, so it’s like ‘Well, maybe we just isolate it to Scott,'” Markus explained to Collider.
Nevertheless, the movie is not lacking in interesting characters which will eventually be splitting into Team Cap (Chris Evans) and Team Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.)
“Captain America: Civil War” hits theaters on May 6.