Over the years we have come to see the various narratives that the MCU has explored. While the movies gave us wonderful stories, they also acted as a brick to a larger narrative that was played out as the Infinity Saga. This required the stories to focus on certain specific plot points while at the same time delivering us with a movie that can be enjoyed separately from the vast franchise, which could be very complex. But there are always alternative plots for these movies which might have been rejected taking into consideration it might impact the larger narrative. The alternate ending of Civil War could have ruined both Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
Captain America: Civil War
The third Captain America movie was responsible for kicking off Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Continuing with the narrative of the Winter Soldier the movie focused on how his comeback would have an impact on Captain America while at the same time dealing with the consequences of Avengers: Age of Ultron. The movie featured most of the major characters in the MCU and it could be considered to be a direct sequel to Avengers: Age of Ultron.
The movie is actually responsible for bringing the MCU into a much serious ground as the narrative divides the Avengers into two separate teams. It brings in the political issues as we see the Sokovia Accords being brought in and impacting the relationship dynamics of the Avengers. While that was an essential part of the narrative, the primary focus went on to be about the differences between Cap and Iron Man. This appears to be because of the discovery that Stark’s parents were killed by the Winter Soldier. The consequences of this will be seen throughout the end of the Infinity Saga, majorly in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
Alternate Ending of Civil War
The alternate ending for Captain America: Civil War could have ruined the movie as a whole and then at the same time killed the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This alternate ending would have seen Steve and Tony resolving their indifference and lead the Avengers, now reunited, against a Winter Soldier army that would have been led by Baron Zemo. This definitely has a very positive outcome and it would have helped in the narrative of Avengers: Infinity War as the Avengers would have been more united in the battle against Thanos. But at the same time, it would have caused a major nullifying effect on the character building of the two heroes.
One of the major highlights from the original ending of the movie is the particular scene where Steve and Tony battle it out for an intense sequence while conversing with one another. It goes like this,
Captain America: He’s my friend
Iron Man: So was I…
Iron Man: That shield doesn’t belong to you. You don’t deserve it. My father made that shield
These dialogues have a certain impact in the movie and after the last line Cap puts the shield down which tells us the impact these words have on him. This scene was beautifully crafted and thus made for a rather interesting scene in the entirety of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It gave us a fair idea about the characters of the true heroes and how necessary it was for them to part their ways for the time being.
While obviously, the alternate ending could have led to lesser casualties but that would ruin the narrative of the franchise as a whole. The solution that was figured out, in the end, felt a lot fresher and didn’t stick to the cliche style of narrative seen in superhero movies. Fans were engaged in the plot and the alternate ending would have clearly robbed Endgame of the emotional depth it had.
Would you have liked the alternate ending of Civil War instead of what we got? Let us know in the comments.