The Russos Explain Why "Captain America: Civil War" Had to End the Way It Did

"Captain America: Civil War" concludes in a much different way than the comic it's based on, and that's exactly the way directors Joe and Anthony Russo wanted it. During an interview with Empire, they delved into the reasons behind "Civil War's" conclusion and what it means for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

"We were saying to ourselves, the genre -- and perhaps the MCU -- has gotten to a point where the audience are sensing the patterns in the genre," Anthony Russo said of their approach to the film. "Joe and I have always been about: how do we subvert genre?"

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Though Captain America dies in the comic event, he gets away just fine in the end of the movie -- a little banged up, but definitely alive. As to why they decided not to kill Cap, Joe Russo explained, "Frankly, it just seemed like an easy ending. We thought a more complicated ending would be more interesting -- to see the ramifications of that moving forward. Killing Cap ends that conceptually. There would be guilt on Tony's part."

"The more difficult and more interesting place to leave a family fight is: can these important relationships ever be repaired? Is this family broken permanently?" added Anthony Russo.

In fact, some people at Disney wanted to see the Avengers reunite over a common foe at the end of the film. "We were all in sync on the notion of ending it... not perfectly," Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige recounted. "Things don't get resolved easily. We believe very strongly that that would destroy the entire movie. Thankfully, Joe and Anthony were very vocal."

The co-directors also weighed in on Cap's choice to leave his shield behind with Iron Man. "Dropping the shield is a rejection of the Captain America identity and a choice to embrace the Steve Rogers identity," Anthony Russo shared.

According to Joe Russo, this decision makes him a "full-blown insurgent." He went on to say, "The most interesting thing you can do is to take him from a patriot in the first film to an insurgent in the third movie."

Feige also weighed in on one of the movie's post-credits sequences, where Bucky underwent cryogenesis in Wakanda so that T'Challa's top scientists could figure out how to de-program his brain. Asked about the possibility of Bucky appearing in "Black Panther," Kevin Feige carefully said, "It... remains to be seen. He's certainly in stasis there. Where and when he comes out? I'm not sure..."

Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo and starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan and more, "Captain America: Civil War" is now in theaters.

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