During a Wizard World New Orleans panel for Captain America: Civil War, the filmmakers sure made it sound like they've already filmed the iconic scene from the comics where Captain America is assassinated.
During a Q&A with fans, one question was what one scene any of the actors present — which included Frank Grillo, Hayley Attwell, Anthony Mackie, Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner — along with directors Joe and Anthony Russo, would like to film with their characters that they hadn't had a chance to do yet.
"I'd like to kill Captain America," joked Grillo.
"We may or may not have filmed that scene, though," Joe Russo responded. "She asked about a scene you haven't done."
Earlier in the same Q&A, Anthony Mackie had joked that all of the superheroes "come out" in Civil War. Anthony Russo had added, "Some body bags."
Of course, when all was said and done, it would turn out that Crossbones didn't actually fire the shot that killed Captain America -- but that storyline will likely not be adapted directly to the screen.
There's also the possibility that it was meant to be a joke, but there was something about the way Russo delivered the remark that made it sound believable.
Given that earlier in the panel, Russo had described the film as a "gut punch," which could sync up with long-standing rumors that Captain America would die at the end. In the comics, Captain America's death and replacement by Bucky Barnes was the most notable after-effect of the Civil War event miniseries. Russo also told ComicBook.com that audiences might not "be prepared for what the movie is going to include," an ominous statement, especially with the added context.
Marvel's "Captain America: Civil War" finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark's surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.