Now that Captain America: Civil War is out in the open, it's time to start dealing with the wonders we've all seen. But before I get into this, let's throw in an obligatory spoiler warning.
MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD FOR CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR!
Now that's out of the way, let's talk seriously. In terms of shocks, Civil War had its fill. But one of the most shocking surprises was actually the lack of something from the film: deaths! The Civil War comic book storyline didn't shy away from death, killing off hundreds of people, including a number of heroes and villains in the opening pages, and going on to kill Goliath (Bill Foster) and then Captain America (Steve Rogers) in the epilogue. The only major character deaths in the film were those of Peggy Carter and King T'Chaka, both of which were tragically sad — although Peggy's was from old age, so that's some comfort at least. However, I've already seen a lot of people complaining about the lack of superhero deaths, and the separation from the comics. Personally, I think it was a good thing that none of the heroes died, and I think it makes sense. Here are a few reasons why.
1. We Love These Heroes!
I mean, there's that. But let's leave that to one side and talk about the other reasons.
2. There Aren't Enough Heroes!
Wow, that picture undercuts the point. But this will make sense in a minute, I promise. Think about the scale that the Marvel comics have, and the sheer volume of heroes there are across them. It's a huge amount more than there are currently in the films and, to be honest, killing off a character like Goliath in the comic book Civil War didn't even make a dent in the roster of characters available, while killing any off the heroes on either side in the film would have been a massive blow to the MCU, which they already took in Age of Ultron with Quicksilver's death. That isn't all though, because in terms of story, if a major character who Tony or Steve had brought to fight for them had been killed, the whole thing would have really ended differently.
3. Irretrievable Relationships!
Did you see these two in that final battle? The rage Tony felt over Bucky killing his parents made him feel a huge amount of hatred towards both Bucky and Steve. But after the moment was over, and he realized — even if he didn't totally accept — that Bucky wasn't in control of his actions at the time, he started to come around to the fact that Steve did what he had to do. Tony may not want Steve back with him, he may not even like him, but I don't think he hates him. If there had been a death at the airport battle, someone that these two felt responsible for, a real casualty of the superhero conflict, then the relationships between those who sided with Cap and those who sided with Tony would have been gone forever, and that can't be, you can't have a true, permanent divide between the heroes in this universe. One, that would really devastate the number of team-up films you could do and play with, and two, they are all going to have to come together at least once more to fight against Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, and I'm pretty sure that film is going to have enough sub-plots without fitting in a lot of bitterness between the heroes leftover from Civil War.
To sum up, what I'm saying is that, while this film did what it had to because of the events of previous films, and did it damn well; the Russo brothers were also planning ahead for Infinity War already. I think that, in a beautiful way, the lack of a major death in the film shows us that Civil War wasn't really a war, it was a mere blip, a trifle, to open Phase 3 of the MCU and show us that the real battle, the real war, is coming soon. Folks, if you felt in any way like something was left in the locker room with Civil War, if you felt like there was more to come, don't worry because there is.