Marvel Reveals The ‘Captain America’ Scene That Was Too Gross to Film
Looking out for deleted scenes from Marvel films is almost a pastime on its own considering there’s likely more than we’ll ever see officially released. The ones that have been released as extras on Marvel DVD’s are usually fairly safe, even if we know this isn’t always the case.
Sometimes we hear stories from the screenwriters (Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely) who often dream up particular scenes so crazy, they’re never filmed. One of those already revealed was the idea to have Captain America (Chris Evans) be beheaded by Thanos, a true Cap abuse fixation.
Disney nixed this idea, despite Thanos having the same fate. Now, Markus and McFeely are revealing another scene they considered involving Captain America during Avengers: Infinity War. Their description involves blood and one common dinner serving. The details still make us squeamish.
Captain America bleeding into his dinner
IGN recently interviewed Markus and McFeely and asked them if they had any other scenes they ever had to leave out. They went into a lengthy description about a scene in Avengers: Infinity War where Cap, Black Widow, and Falcon are eating dinner in a secret hiding place after an intense villain battle. All of these characters were a little beaten up, reminding everyone they’re mostly human, particularly Steve Rogers/Captain America.
The writers said they envisioned a scene where Cap was eating mashed potatoes and a trickle of his own blood starts dripping onto the plate. His superhero cohorts would have told him he’s bleeding into his mashed potatoes, leading Cap to merely shrug it off.
Kevin Feige supposedly had the idea pitched to him and he freaked at the idea of such a scene. He was clearly right: Who wants to see one of the Marvel heroes bleed into their dinner? That would likely ruin anyone wanting to eat mashed potatoes ever again for dinner or Thanksgiving here in the U.S.
Thus, this scene was scrapped from the record, which Markus and McFeely look back on with a bit of bemusement. It makes us wonder what other oddball ideas they would have dreamed up had they not been under control of Disney execs and Feige.
Did Marvel writers have a lot more “gross” ideas for the ‘Avengers’ films?
Based on this story and the Cap beheading scene, it seems Markus and McFeely wanted to put more daring things into these Avengers movies, something potentially green-lighted had this been DC. Not that every Marvel fan would agree to such extreme violence or gross-out scenes since the original comics didn’t usually go there.
If you look back to Markus and McFeely’s early screenwriting partnership, they do have experience writing more adult material. They’ve only done so a couple of times, however. The one that stands out the most is the R-rated 2007 comedic crime romance You Kill Me, starring Ben Kingsley and Téa Leoni. Only this and Michael Bay’s Pain and Gain are the screenwriters’ most adult-oriented projects to date.
In-between, Markus and McFeely were known for writing family fare, including writing three of the Narnia movies in the fizzled Walden Media franchise. Moving to Marvel essentially saved their careers thanks to being hired to write Captain America: The First Avenger in 2011.
After some brief experience writing a little more sophisticated fare, are Markus and McFeely feeling a tad stifled not offering more grit to their screenplays?
Working for Disney/Marvel probably means a lot of things are out of bounds
Nobody truly knows what kind of outrageous things the two writers had in mind for the Avengers films beyond the above two ideas. They may slowly reveal more over time and perhaps gross us out just imagining them on the big screen.
Since all the Marvel films are PG-13, Disney and Feige likely keep Markus and McFeely writing within certain guidelines so they don’t deviate from the Marvel brand. Whether a good thing or bad is only known to them. There isn’t a doubt their careers were saved by Marvel after writing the ill-fated Narnia films.
As the MCU starts to attract even younger viewers, perhaps Markus and McFeely will be able to sneak in a gross-out gag here and there since they seem to have a million of them bottled up.