One of the many good things about the tight ship run by the Marvel filmmaking duo of Anthony and Joe Russo is that very little goes into the shooting script that is not cohesive and relevant to the final product. As such, very little ends up on the cutting room floor, contributing greatly to how streamlined the final product ends up being.
The downside to this approach though, is that we end up with very little leftover in the form of deleted scenes for the home media release. Such was the case when Captain America: Civil War released last month, and all but denied us the joys of picking over details from the deleted scenes in a frenzy of "what does this meaaan?"
But just 'cause we didn't learn much doesn't mean we didn't learn anything. Here we revisit the scenes from Civil War that didn't make the final cut of the movie to see if they reveal anything new about the movie, looking back five months on from Civil War's release.
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1. Extended Peggy's Funeral
Marvel Studios doesn't appear to have released a version of this scene online yet, but it does pretty much what it says on the box. A 6-minute extended version of Peggy Carter's funeral scene from #CivilWar, this deleted scene features additional dialogue and alternate footage from Peggy's final send off.
What Did We Learn?
Apart from the fact that the Russo Brothers know just how to hurt our hearts? There's an extended version of #SharonCarter's "No, you move" eulogy speech, where she goes on to talk more about Peggy and her life. Sharon recounts asking an elderly Peggy about which of her achievements she was most proud of, to which Peggy replied: "Dear, I'm afraid that's classified." So, we learned that Peggy Carter was a sassy biatch even till the end.
More importantly, we learn something pretty big about #BlackWidow. In the extended cut of the conversation between Natasha and Steve — where she tries to convince him to sign the Accords — she tells him that following the events of #AgeOfUltron she returned to Russia to try to find her parents. She found only their gravestones, planted by a chain link fence.
This is a pretty big deal, as Black Widow's backstory has been a well guarded secret in the Marvel Cinematic Universe thus far (the awful exposition in Age of Ultron aside). The story she tells itself isn't the big part, it's the fact that Natasha told it to Steve in the first place, further underlying the special friendship between the two, which began in The Winter Soldier.
Following their conversation, we cut to Sam and Steve toasting Peggy. They discuss the fact that neither of them plan to sign the Accords, and Sam nudges Steve towards Sharon with the suggestion that he could have a normal civilian life for a change. We then cut to Steve and Sharon joking about the fact that she was spying on him from across the hall as his "neighbor" in The Winter Soldier.
They then have the conversation we see later in the final cut of the film, where Steve asks why Sharon kept her link to Peggy a secret, and they then go on to talk about Sharon's work. Sharon asks Steve about the Accords. There's a little flirty quip thrown Steve's way about his Captain America outfit, and then we cut to the elevator scene that we saw in the final Civil War cut, when Sam informs them about the attack in Vienna.
Had these little snippets been kept in the final cut, we would've learned that little bit more about Black Widow, and the whole kiss scene between Steve and Sharon wouldn't have come across as so out-of-place, as there's that little extra bit of expositional flirting going on here. Oh well, at least we got this scene out of it:
2. Zemo Meets Doctor Broussard
Helmut Zemo listens to a voicemail message from his deceased wife as he waits for psychiatrist Theo Broussard — the man who was originally hired by the Joint Counter Terrorist Centre to evaluate the captive Bucky Barnes.
What Did We Learn?
As we find out later in the movie, Zemo murders Broussard to take his place, triggering Bucky with the Winter Soldier code words and starting the chain of events that would lead to the breakup of the Avengers. All we really learn here is how Zemo managed to capture Broussard: By impersonating a liaison from the counter-terrorism agency there to escort him to his hotel room, where he meets his grisly end.
A little snippet, this scene was likely cut due to the fact that it wasn't really all that useful to the movie as a whole, but it's always great to see some more of co-director Joe Russo in his cameo as Doctor Broussard, and the added touch with Zemo listening to his deceased wife on the phone really drives home the humanity behind his villainous character.
3. 'You Are Not Used To The Truth'
We loved the dynamic between Black Widow and Black Panther in Civil War, so this little snippet of conversation between the two was a welcome surprise to see on the deleted scenes. Black Widow attempts to pull one of her "psychological evaluations" on T'Challa, but he outmaneuvers her both in the conversation and in the wider political sphere.
What Did We Learn?
That you shouldn't mess with T'Challa. Despite his young age and the fact that his father has just been murdered, he's not only able to assist in the capture of his father's (supposed) murderer, but also to keep a cool head politically, manipulating the system to arrange for Bucky to be extradited to Wakanda to face punishment for his crimes. And when Natasha Romanoff meets her match, you know we're on to something pretty special.
If anything, this scene tells us that we should be really really excited to see more of Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa in his solo movie Black Panther, which is set for a February 16, 2018 release date.
4. 'Gotta Get Me One Of Those'
A nice little sequence cut from the Leipzig airport scene is a game of pass the shield as Cap, Bucky and Falcon team up against War Machine. Rhodey knocks Cap down, his dropped shield picked up by Bucky and thrown at War Machine. The shield bounces off his face, is grabbed in mid-air by Falcon and returned to Steve.
What Did We Learn?
"I gotta get me one of those." Bucky says, referring to the shield. While this seems like a bit of a throwaway sequence, a lot of fans got the subtle reference here — a nod towards the time at which Bucky Barnes took up the Captain America mantle, following the death of Steve Rogers during the Civil War epilogue. Does this mean we may see the Winter Soldier becoming Captain America in the future of the MCU? Maybe, he's certainly got the shield skills down already.
It also hints that we might see a more team-focused method of fighting when the Avengers return for Infinity War, if only Sam and Bucky can stop quarreling long enough to work together.
Which was your favorite deleted scene from Captain America: Civil War? Have your say in the comments below!