It's almost time for one of Marvel's most anticipated films to premiere — and that film is the one that's set to pit the Avengers against one another in a battle of ideologies, [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409). Although Marvel has been known to map out films well in advance, it seems with this one, things might be different. Indeed, there had been rumors circulating about co-directors the Russo brothers having three alternate endings. If that were the case, could they be looking to see which one the fans would appreciate more? Or was this just gossip?
If this were true it would really be out of Marvel's character, considering how much forward planning would be required. But it just so happens that this rumor is untrue, and it seems that the filmmakers are just as tired of the chatter as most fans are. In an interview with Uproxx, Civil War co-writer Stephen McFeely put the talk of multiple endings to rest:
"No, I saw that on the internet and that’s crap. I read, we read we filmed three deaths."
I could really see why they would make multiple endings but also see where that could backfire. One of the key components to Marvel's success is building a universe that is enhanced by each cinematic entry. We are of course seeing that with Captain America: Civil War, where our heroes are being held accountable for the collateral damage they previously caused. It would be kinda silly and a really tedious task having to do three alternate endings of which two probably won't fit into the future story of the MCU. This is also reinforced by the film's other co-writer Christopher Markus:
"This is very much the movie we’ve always intended on where we wanted to stand and where we wanted to leave it."
I would strongly believe the filmmakers have not filmed multiple endings because there should be only one ending that fits in with the rest of the MCU. It is, after all, a cinematic universe and having something disharmonize, like an alternate ending, would be jarring. We will just have to wait for a possible director's cut or Blu-ray release to see any additional footage. In the meantime, we can all prepare for the imminent arrival of Captain America: Civil War!
'Captain America: Civil War' Arrives In Theaters May 6