Black Widow in Captain America Civil War

The first cut of Captain America: Civil War was two hours and forty-one minutes long. The final cut is 13 minutes shorter, so don’t expect to see too many deleted scenes on the Captain America: Civil War Blu-ray. Directors Anthony and Joe Russo cut a few minor sequences, but nothing major was tossed aside in the editing room.

Below, find out about two scenes cut — both in the writing process and in post-production — from Captain America: Civil War (minor spoilers ahead).

For a film that’s almost two and a half hours long, Civil War moves at a pretty quick pace. Going into the shoot, the Russo brothers and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely wanted to make sure there was hardly any bloat in the script, so that the directors wouldn’t ever find themselves shooting expendable scenes.

When we spoke with Markus and McFeely, they had difficulty recalling any specific deleted scenes from the film, but they did remember one character introduction that was initially handled differently:

Are there any memorable scenes that were cut in the writing process? Are there any scenes that you both miss from the final cut?

McFeely: Nothing that we miss. The brothers pride themselves on shooting only what they need, but shooting the hell out of it.

Markus: I don’t think there’s anything we shot…We wrote some fun…There was a point where we went all the way with Scott Lang in San Francisco and got to have a little more taste of what his life was like, and it was fun to write for us. But it was unnecessary, so it never made it to the camera.

Can I ask what was his life like in San Francisco?

McFeely: No!

Markus: No! We were probably wrong. Because of the nature of when we start making the movie versus when it comes out, as we’re doing it for Infinity War, we wrote a lot, if not all, of Scott Lang’s stuff before we ever saw Ant-Man. You just have to roll with that because we need to film.

McFeely: We assume that the Infinity War drafts we turn in shortly are…we’re probably just wrong on some of these voices.

Unfortunately, a clip of Scott Lang’s actual introduction in the film has already been released online. It’s a fun character moment, one that moves the story along more efficiently than a trip to San Francisco would have. In Markus and McFeely’s original draft, Ant-Man wasn’t alone. Wasp originally partook in the airport set piece, but Marvel’s Kevin Feige decided to hold off on introducing the character for Ant-Man and the Wasp.

At the junket for Civil War, the Russo brothers also had a tough time recollecting scenes that didn’t make the final cut. In an interview with Comic Book.com, Joe Russo told the outlet only about this one Captain America: Civil War deleted scene:

There was a scene between Natasha and T’Challa at the German Ops Center, halfway through the movie when he was sitting in that room. Cap and Falcon had been isolated in the other conference room. We didn’t feel like it was moving the storytelling forward and they had already had a scene. It felt repetitive, so it was something we excised from the movie.

It’s probably for the best that scene was cut. Natasha and T’Challa have quite a few exchanges as is, and not much else is needed to further flesh out that relationship. There’s just enough of those two characters together in the film. In fact, their chemistry is memorable enough that, say if Black Widow appeared in a future Black Panther movie, it honestly wouldn’t be very surprising. After Captain America: Civil War, she’s the one character T’Challa has formed the strongest connection with. If Ryan Coogler‘s Black Panther features any significant connection to the other MCU movies, it could be through Natasha.

Captain America: Civil War opens in theaters May 6th.

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