Even though Captain America: Civil War has only been out for about a month, it is hard to imagine the Marvel Cinematic Universe without it. But there was a time not too long ago where fans were still just hoping that maybe someday the famous comic book storyline would be adapted to film. Cap himself Chris Evans was at Wizard World Philadelphia over the weekend and gave some really cool inside details about how the film came to be.
Speaking with ComicBook.com at a panel during the convention, the subject of how Civil War got made came about. Evans was joined onstage by his fellow castmates Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie. When asked about it, Evans really opened up and had quite a bit to say, and as it turns out, it was naturally Kevin Feige's idea.
"We were filming Ultron and Kevin Feige came in one day and was kicking around ideas for Cap 3 and he really made a big performance out of it. He had a little manila envelop and he says, 'So, for Cap 3, this is what we're thinking.' And he pulls out a Civil War comic book and I was like, 'No! Really?' That requires Downey.' And he said, 'I know. We're in talks with him right now.'"
Though Captain America: Civil War was a very big departure from the comic book, there was no question that Robert Downey Jr. needed to be on board to make it happen, and at the time it seemed like he was getting a little burned out on the MCU, so it was really exciting when we all found out he was going to do it. Lucky for us, Feige and Evans managed to talk him into it. Evans explained that after the initial meeting, things came together pretty quickly.
"After that meeting we went back to set and we were filming some scene on Ultron and Downey comes up and he said, 'Hey, hey, so, I think we're gonna do this movie together. And I was like, 'Really? Please! Please do this!' Because, you know, that's such a big... The fans wanted it. It sends the MCU in a certain trajectory. We all had our fingers crossed but Downey was certainly a big piece of that puzzle so once he got on board everything else fell into place."
After the success that the Russo Brothers had with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the Captain America franchise was in a very good place and could have went in a lot of different directions. Civil War was something that Marvel Studios was definitely going to try and work their way around to at some point, but as Evans says, they had all of the right pieces now and they managed to put them together in a very successful and very well liked film. Not to mention that it was a great excuse to finally make a deal with Sony to get Spider-Man in the MCU.
Captain America: Civil War has made $1.1 billion worldwide and is currently the highest grossing movie of 2016, and will very likely keep that spot for the duration of 2016. Robert Downey Jr. will show up next in the MCU as Tony Stark in Spider-Man: Homecoming. As for Evans, he has stated he would love a cameo in Homecoming, but if that doesn't work out, we will likely see him with his shield in the first part of Infinity War in 2018.