It seems like people just can’t get enough spoilers for Marvel’s upcoming superhero crossover event, “Captain America: Civil War.” Now, a fresh batch of leaked set photos reveals a grim funeral scene coming in 2016 begging the question: who died?
The photos come courtesy of some eagle-eyed fans snapping pictures outside the movies filming locations in Atlanta, GA. There were previously reported set photo leaks including what could be the first look at Black Panther’s home country of Wakanda, as well as an Instagram photo of Sebastian Stan prepping for a fight scene.
The latest leaked set photos put Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) and Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) at a funeral for an unidentified character. We all know that the film will pit some of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s (MCU) greatest heroes against each other in teams led by Rogers and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), but now it looks like there will be some casualties from the fight… Maybe.
[POTENTIAL SPOILER ALERT: The Remainder of this article will feature potential spoilers about the plot of “Civil War”]
— ◤Steven G. Rogers◢ (@stevenrogersbot) May 14, 2015
— Chris Evans INDO (@CEvansINA) May 14, 2015
— Emily VanCamp France (@EmilyVanCampFR) May 14, 2015
With so many people speculating as to who is inside the casket, many fan theories are already starting to fly left and right. Below are the three most prominent explanations for the funeral scene, but keep in mind that nothing will be confirmed until “Captain America: Civil War” hits theaters in May of 2016.
Agent Peggy Carter
Given the fact that Sharon Carter is in attendance and that the synagogue used is dressed up to look like a church in London, many believe that the film will finally show the end of Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell).This wouldn’t be altogether surprising as the character was last seen, in the movies, in very bad health. Perhaps the modern film universe will finally lay the Captain America love interest to rest and clear the way for her niece, Sharon, to fill the void left behind. This wouldn’t even be bad news for Atwell as she’s got a life of her own with “Agent Carter” on ABC, which was just picked up for a second season, per Entertainment Weekly.
A Random Civilian
For those that are unfamiliar with the “Civil War” comic book story line, there is a funeral scene toward the very beginning of the first issue. As with the movie version, the catalyst for the fight amongst allies will be an international incident involving the Avengers that leads to civilian casualties. In the comic books, this results in a powerful scene in which Tony Stark is confronted by the grieving mother of a boy killed in the incident as she calls for hero registration and regulation. In the movies, Brock Rumlow (Frank Grillo), better known in the comics as the villain Crossbones, is expected to ignite the international incident. With a Captain America villain at the heart of the casualties, it would make sense that only Evans is on set and not Downey Jr.
Admittedly this one is a long shot since ComicBookMovie has photos of Steve Rogers in attendance at the funeral. However, many have been speculating for a while that the “Civil War” will follow the same plotline it did in the comics, killing off Rogers. After surrendering to the pro-registration faction in order to stop the bloodshed, Captain America is assassinated on the steps of a courthouse, forcing him to pass the mantle onto his longtime friend, Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan). While the MCU has been laying the groundwork for this story line as early as “Captain America: The First Avenger,” there’s no telling if Marvel Studios will actually try and replace Evans leading into “Avengers: Infinity War.”