WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War, in theaters now.
Captain America and Iron Man haven't been on the best of terms since 2016's Captain America: Civil War. Although Avengers: Infinity War does make reference to the trouble relationship between the two heroes, they never got the chance to address their problems. Now, co-writer Stephen McFeely has explained that the movie didn't resolve that tension because of pacing and focus.
"Our first sort of wonky draft [had] the idea that they had to get back in the same room together and deal with that," co-writer Stephen McFeely told Yahoo Movies. “[But it] meant that you’re slowing down your Thanos [Infinity] Stones plot to deal with other threats from other movies. And that became, as much as we wanted to do it, and as many times as we wrote those scenes, it became clear that this movie needed to be propulsive and be about Thanos and what he represented to the Avengers.”
“It feels like an advantage now,” he continued. “You can make the argument that because of Civil War, because they are so fractured, they are not prepared for when Thanos comes. And is there a chance that had the Avengers been one happy family, could they have fought him off?”
Captain America and Iron Man haven't been on the best of terms since their falling out over the Sokovia Accords, which sought to regulate those with superhuman abilities. The tension between the two escalated when it was revealed that Captain America's old friend Bucky Barnes had assassinated Howard and Maria Stark during his time as the Winter Soldier.
As Steve Rogers and Tony Stark survived Thanos's use of the Infinity Gauntlet. There's a very high chance that Avengers 4 will feature the two characters finally dealing with their troubled relationship, especially if they're aiming to stop the Mad Titan.
In theaters now, Avengers: Infinity War stars Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland and Anthony Mackie.