There’s been Captain America: Civil War news this week that we’re bringing you two stories in this article. Let’s get right to it!
When Captain America: Civil War hits theaters next month, it will be a whopping two hours and twenty-seven minutes long, which leads us to wonder if there was much to the movie before it was cut down to the final length. During a recent interview with the folks over at Comicbook.com, Joe and Anthony Russo, who directed the highly anticipated flick, talked about getting the to a “very, very, very” tight spot prior to filming, this way they don’t waste a lot of time filming scenes that won’t make the cut.
“We work very well with our writers Markus and McFeely, the writers,” Anthony Russo tells ComicBook.com. “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.”
Of course, that doesn’t mean some things don’t get cut along the way. In fact, the first cut of the movie was a bit longer.
“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 Russo chimed in. “So, not much was cut out of the film.”
When asked about scenes that were cut from the movie, Joe Russo told Comicbook.com about a scene between Natasha and T’Challa that had to be cut from the film. And although it definitely sounds interesting from the description Joe provides below, Anthony goes on to state that it was a “very short” scene, so it obviously didn’t remove much from the film.
“There was a scene between Natasha and T’Challa at the German Ops Center, halfway through the movie when he was sitting in that room,” Joe Russo explains. “Cap and Falcon had been isolated in the other conference room. We didn’t feel like it was moving the story telling forward and they had already had a scene so it felt repetitive so it was something we excised from the movie.”
“It was a very short scene,” Anthony Russo added.
Maybe we’ll get to see everything when the DVD eventually comes out, since so little was left on the cutting room floor.
Of course, deleted scenes aren’t the only things to look forward to as Civil War will also be the first introduction of Black Panther into the MCU. The Black Panther standalone film will be directed by Ryan Coogler, who was brought on early enough that he was able to provide suggestions for the character’s role in Captain America: Civil War. Io9 spoke with Kevin Feige about Coogler’s involvement in the process.
“Ryan came in and watched the movie,” Marvel Studios President and Civil War producer Kevin Feige told io9. “We did a little bit of additional photography here and there and Ryan did a pass at a couple of those scenes. So there’s a line or two that Panther says in the movie that Ryan contributed to. [Civil War screenwriters] Chris [Markus] and Steve [McFeely] absorbed it into their draft, put their spin on it and words to it, but Ryan has started to be involved in earlier cuts of this movie.”
We’ll get to meet the Black Panther and see the final product of all this editing when Captain America: Civil War debuts on May 6. The Black Panther standalone film will be released February 16, 2018.