Rumors have swirled for some time that there were multiple endings written and/or filmed to Captain America: Civil War, either as a way the studio could change their mind about the ending or as a way to throw off anyone nefarious to leak information from the set about who may or may not die. (I have seen Captain America: Civil War, so I do know what happens, but, fear not, no spoilers will be revealed here. Our full review will publish on Wednesday. Until then, I did give a thought or two on Twitter.)
On Sunday, I spoke with the writers of Captain America: Civil War, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (who also wrote the two previous Cap adventures, as well as the upcoming two-part Avengers: Infinity War), and asked them if there were other ending alternatives to what I had seen on the screen. They were not shy about their answer.
“No, I saw that on the internet and that’s crap,” says McFeely. “I read, we read we filmed three deaths.”
“This is very much the movie we’ve always intended on where we wanted to stand and where we wanted to leave it,” added Markus.
When I mentioned that, “That’s crap,” was a very strong response, McFeely doubled down, even citing his own potential headline, “That’s crap, says Steve McFeely.”
Markus adds, speaking of McFeely, “When you google ‘crap,’ tomorrow, your name will come up.”
Regardless of what the ending actually is (I’ll never tell), Captain America: Civil War will hit theaters May 6, 2016. We’ll also have more with our conversation with McFeely and Markus soon.
Mike Ryan lives in New York City and has written for The Huffington Post, Wired, Vanity Fair and New York magazine. He is senior entertainment writer at Uproxx. You can contact him directly on Twitter.