To paraphrase Loki, "Captain America: Civil War" is a movie burdened with glorious purpose. The film, which is already Hulk-smashing the box office, was good even before its super-powered twist came into play, and that Spider-Man and Ant-Man moment during the airport fight is enough to even make casual fans start buggin' out.
If there's anything to criticize about the movie, it's likely the lack of casualties, especially in the case of Captain America, who appears to die in the aftermath of the comic book version of the story.
The Huffington Post talked with the film's directors, the Russo brothers, about the possibility of killing Cap. Joe Russo told us they discussed "everything," but killing Captain America would've been the "easy way out." His brother Anthony Russo added, "The tragedy of this movie is it's about a family falling apart."
But what if there's more to it? What if Cap didn't die because he's needed for a big scene we may have already had a glimpse of?
The theory: Tony Stark's vision in "Avengers: Age of Ultron" is a scene from the upcoming "Infinity War" movies.
After Tony Stark has a vision in "Age of Ultron" showing the deaths of his superhero friends, including Captain America, many started speculating this was actually a look into the future. Theories even say it may be a scene from the upcoming "Avengers: Infinity War" movies. If that's the case, it'd make sense to keep Cap alive until then. But could we actually see this scene again?
Uh, yup. It's possible.
Joe told us, "I think everything comes into play moving forward. It's a cumulative storytelling, and I think that Tony is dealing with some really heavy issues. I think that vision is weighing very heavy on him in ['Civil War'], as well. I think he's desperate to keep the Avengers together. He says that to Cap in the movie, 'You're tearing them apart.' There’s an elemental fear on his part that what he's seen is going to come true."
He continued, "He’s a futurist. And I think he's very much concerned with the threat that the cosmos offers toward humanity. None of this stuff is over. 'Civil War' isn't over. The divide between those characters isn't done. Should they repair that relationship? Can they repair it? These are all the questions we’ll ask moving forward."
On keeping Cap alive, the "Civil War" writers, Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus, echoed the sentiments of the directors, with Markus adding that upcoming baddie, Thanos, is also part of the reason Cap survived.
"We kind of need him. There’s a big purple guy. He could be very helpful," said Markus.
Markus is right. He could be helpful ... at least until that vision comes into play. Dun, dun, DUN ....
"Captain America: Civil War" is in theaters now.