With “Captain America: Civil War” making its big splash in North America today, fans from other continents, on the other hand, were lucky enough to have already seen the movie. Still, the character who stood out is Tom Holland’s Spider-Man.
In the recent weeks leading to the premiere, directors Joe and Anthony Russo and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, shared details about the process of bringing Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). However, the notion of what would happen if Kevin Feige was not able to strike a deal with Sony Picture for the IP was rarely raised. If that was the unfortunate case, the screenwriters reveaed that they would eventually have to push through with Plan B.
“It was Black Panther. Yeah, I mean, we always had a recruitment section which allowed for smaller arcs,” McFeely told Collider.
Being another key piece in the head-to-head between Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) has come into the fold in an interesting way which is different from Spider-Man’s. Instead of being recruited, it seemed more like he gets pushed into the chaos that is the cause of the Avengers’ division rather than intentionally joining the mix.
Markus said that if they were not able to utilize the web-slinging superhero from Queens, the Prince of Wakanda’s role in the movie will be entirely different.
While Spider-Man and Black Panther were given a little bit of a back story into what prompted them to join the battle, Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man did not get the same kind of treatment. All that was shown was Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) already presenting a very jet-lagged Scott Lang to meet other Team Captain America members.
“What do I really need to see and what is the audience’s brain just going to fill in?” Markus asked in reference to deciding which part of the narrative should translate into the big screen and which ones should be left to the imagination of the moviegoers.
“We write the first draft and then, ‘Oh yeah. Absolutely need this. Absolutely need this.’ And then, when you’re reading it through, or sometimes all the way to watching the cut, you’re like, ‘No. I know that.’ Like, ‘We do not need to explain this. It is naturally occurring in a viewer’s head already,'” he continued.
McFeely moreover teased the sequence confirming that someone from Team Cap, presumably Hawkeye, traveled to San Francisco to pick up Ant-Man. It can also be remembered that by the end of the debut movie of the character, his involvement in Civil War was already hinted.
All three characters will be embarking on their solo movies with Spider-Man (2017) and Black Panther (2018) debuting in their standalone films, while Ant-Man follows up with “Ant-Man and the Wasp” (2018).