Big-budget blockbusters like Captain America: Civil War have lengthy pre-production stages for a reason. When millions and millions of dollars are flying every which way, it usually isn’t ideal to pour money into anything that won’t make the final cut. Still, films are often trimmed down from the first cut delivered in the editing process.
Captain America: Civil War is no different. The film’s first cut came in at around 2 hours and 41 minutes in length, 13 minutes longer than the final cut currently hitting cinemas. So, certain things in Marvel‘s latest clearly had to bite the dust in order to make a leaner, more taut final product.
Directors Joe and Anthony Russo spoke to ComicBook.com about one of the deleted scenes.
“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,” Joe Russo explained.
“Cap and Falcon had been isolated in the other conference room. We didn’t feel like it was moving the story telling forward and they had already had a scene so it felt repetitive so it was something we excised from the movie.”
There was another scene that didn’t make it into the final picture, but this one didn’t even make it off the page. Speaking to Slash Film, screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely revealed that a certain section involving Scott Lang, aka Ant-Man, was excised from the picture.
“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,” Markus said. “But it was unnecessary, so it never made it to the camera.”
It’ll be interesting to see whether any of those 13 minutes makes it onto Civil War‘s DVD/Blu-ray release as extra features, or even as an extended edition. Either way, chances are that we aren’t missing out on too much, unlike, say, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which will see a director’s cut that adds an extra 30 minutes-worth of footage and a higher rating.