Captain America: Civil War was one of the best movies, let alone one of the best superhero movies, in recent times. The movie brought gravitas to the oft-mocked premise of superheroes vs superheroes by expertly setting up the idea and letting it germinate into a full-blown battle of morals.
However, there was a time when the idea for the movie was entirely different.
The reason? Robert Downey Jr.
RDJ, according to Forbes, is the second-highest paid actor in the world and his steep fee was one of the hurdles when the movie was being planned. Therefore, the original idea for the movie didn’t feature him and consequently, the idea of the eponymous Civil War was absent as well. So, what exactly was the idea then? It was a “Madbomb”.
The director duo Joe and Anthony Russo explained, “There was a period where we did discuss a third act that revolved around the Madbomb from Cap mythology. It didn’t have anything to do with ‘Civil War,’ and if we couldn’t get Downey — in the very, very early conversations before we nailed him — somebody pitched the idea of a third-act that revolved around the Madbomb, which makes people crazy. It almost like zombifies them — but not literally.”
So, there you have it. Although we’re relieved that the idea didn’t come to fruition. We wouldn’t have got Cap kissing after 75 years, after all!
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