Directors Anthony and Joe Russo and Marvel president Kevin Feige have opened up about heading into Avengers: Infinity War and said that they had discussed about killing off Steve Rogers in Captain America: Civil War.
In an interview with Hitfix Anthony admitted, "We never talked about killing Cap in this one, right? no," as Joe added, "We did for a beat. We talk about everything."
Elaborating on the topic, he shared, "I think the thing to remember is, we do talk about every possible scenario over and over and over again for months and months and months. We talked about it. But it never made its way into a realistic outline."
Meanwhile, Feige teased that the end of Civil War was all about setting up a fractured team for the next film. He said, "Well, the ending was always more about fracturing the team completely before getting into Infinity War."
Joe on the other hand, explained that they had discussed the potential characters who could die at the end of Civil War. He said, "We talked about lots of potential characters dying at the end of the movie. And we thought that it would undercut what is really the rich tension of the movie, which is this is Kramer vs Kramer. It's about a divorce. If somebody dies, it would create empathy, which would change and allow for repair, and we didn't want to do that."
Feige also referred to the story book on which the movie was based. The Marvel president said, "In the amazing comic book story, which certainly the conceit of this movie is based on and some of the specifics — during their big battle, which has a hundred times as many characters, a character dies. And we talked about that for a while. And, ultimately, we thought what happened to Rhodey would be enough of a downer."
"The tragedy is the family falls apart. Not that the family falls apart and then somebody dies," Anthony added. Avengers Infinity War is set to hit theatres in May 2018.