Captain America: The Winter Soldier originally concluded with a fight scene between Steve Rogers and Hawkeye, but it was eventually cut out of the blockbuster.
Joe Russo, who directed the Marvel hit alongside his brother, Anthony, has now been discussing what would have been involved in the ending, while he’s also revealed which Avenger would have come on top.
During a discussion with Screen Rant, Joe and Anthony were asked about how Clint Barton/Hawkeye would have been featured in the sequel. They noted that Barton would have spent a portion hunting down Rogers after Cap had become S.H.I.E.L.D’s most wanted fugitive, before a fight scene between the duo would have revealed that he was actually on his Avengers teammate’s side after all.
“What it was going to be,” Russo explained, “we were trying to complicate the relationship between Cap and his S.H.I.E.L.D agent friends. If Hawkeye got a call from S.H.I.E.L.D saying Captain America is a fugitive, would he listen to that call or not listen to that call?”
He then went on to add that it took a long time for the directors to finally decide to edit out the fighting scenario, and Renner’s hectic shooting diary also contributed to its demise: “That sequence actually was heartbreaking for us to cut it. I think it ultimately might have been a conflict with Renner’s schedule.”
Joe then tried to provide further details on the un-filmed sequence, going on to describe how Barton and Rogers would have gone toe-to-toe throughout the streets of the U.S capital. Unfortunately, despite his best efforts, you can’t help but feel a little bit disappointed that the action scene didn’t come to fruition.
“There was a great sequence where they Hawkeye was chasing Cap through Washington D.C.,” he tantalisingly teased. “There was an awesome sequence where they confronted each other in a ravine on the outskirts of D.C. and Hawkeye was shooting a series of arrows closing in on Cap, Cap closing in on him. And then Cap took him down and he realized for the first time that Hawkeye was trying to trick S.H.I.E.LD, where he whispered something into Cap’s ear that Cap had a tracker on his suit and to punch Hawkeye to make it look real, because there was a Quinjet hovering above where they were watching the feedback back at S.H.I.E.L.D.”
Sounds cool, huh? Well, Russo agreed as he concluded, “So it was a cool sequence.” Hopefully Hawkeye’s expected appearance in Captain America 3 will eclipse it though.
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