So, I’m a big fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As I got more and more knowledgeable, I started to be more impressed with their storytelling, originality, and development of characters. As they put it (and I think this describes Marvel Studios well), rather than make films based on a “superhero genre,” they take stories of different categories and genres, “human stories” per se, and make the protagonist a superhero.
Casual fans may not be able to scrap away at some of the beautiful arcs, stories, themes, and even Easter Eggs that films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) have to offer. Luckily, I can proudly say I’m no longer a casual fan. After I saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and admired the work of the Russo Brothers, along with the first trailer for Captain America: Civil War, I realized – the Russo Brothers have really developed a conflicting and compelling arc for Captain America. As a former war hero who is “lost in time,” the Russos have placed him in a very grounded and gritty reality where there’s no clear line between right and wrong. A lot of previous Marvel films have been full of quips, humor, and geared toward the cool action, but given the buzz on the upcoming Captain America film, this is going to set a new tone and deconstruct some of the prior workings of the MCU.
With the conclusion of Captain America’s trilogy, I genuinely think this could be the best superhero trilogy yet. Given that I think I started to understand the characters and general themes, ideas, and relationships in this cinematic universe more, I thought I’d write a fun screenplay for a scene that I would have put if I were a script writer or a director for Captain America: Civil War.
So yes, I had to learn how to write a screenplay and that took time – but it was worth it. I’m no professional so don’t blast me if you think it’s low quality, but I look at my work and I’m certainly proud of what I’ve done.
So, without further ado, here is my screenplay to a scene I titled, Barton Returns. I’ll have commentary/thoughts after you’ve read it. Sorry if the size of the words keeps changing – I wanted to keep the formatting (since it is a script) and I had issues importing it into WordPress so I had to screenshot. NOTE **THERE MAY BE REFERENCES FROM ANY OF THE FIRST 12 MARVEL FILMS THAT YOU MAY NOT UNDERSTAND IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THEM. AKA, there may be some spoilers/things that may be head-scratching if you haven’t seen everything. Just a fair warning**
Some comments, thoughts, ideas…..
I initially wrote a script where Hawkeye was the LAST guy to be recruited to Captain America’s team. Then, Jimmy Kimmel premiered a clip that revealed that Hawkeye is not the last – rather it is Ant-Man. So, I had to scrap Ant-Man to keep this one more authentic. But, if you would like to read the script with Ant-Man (it’s funnier), email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Remember, this is not me predicting what will happen in the film. They’ve done a good job keeping specific things secretive! I’m merely producing a script under the premise of “if I were the director, what kind of scene would progress the story and fit right into the entire umbrella of what Marvel is doing?”
Some good old Easter Eggs/References for Continuity
-New York and Sokovia, though this is key to the government issue
-Captain America and Iron Man feuding in the past
-Scarlet Witch being a hero because “it’s her job” (reference to Hawkeye’s motivational speech in Avengers: Age of Ultron).
-Budapest (some mission Black Widow and Hawkeye went on that they haven’t revealed the details of)!
Now for some more specific themes and ideas
Like in the second Avengers film, Hawkeye continues to grow in terms of importance even if he may not get the screen time of a character like Captain America. He continues to serve as a utility/glue guy and a leader among the heroes. He is human, and has no powers, but that’s one thing that makes the audience not only relate to him, but it makes him somewhat bipartisan.
I also don’t think I’ve ditched Hawkeye’s background – he’s a military man who believes in loyalty, trust, and peace. Plus, he’s a dude that prefers peace, quiet, and wants to spend time with his family.
Lastly, two of his friendships, one present and one from the past, are brought into the light. Hawkeye’s platonic yet close family-like relationship with Natasha Romanoff, a.k.a Black Widow is shown. These two are two members from the original Avengers lineup and they are both highly-trained but non-superpowered characters.
Since they are on opposite sides, they are going to serve as foils. In fact, there is one scene where the two fight and Natasha asks if they are still friends, while Clint laughs and says that it depends on how hard she hits him (which he means, but he’s also referring to their fight in the first Avengers film). She however, has more of a spy and assassin mentality and background. Seeing these two split, given how close they are, adds more heartbreak and emotion to the audience. This scene really once again emphasizes how close they are.
Also, despite that he’s the “least powerful” character, he happens to have a mentor/father-like relationship to the newest and potentially “most powerful” Avenger – Scarlet Witch. This was certainly developed in the second Avengers film and I think this scene continues to develop that – and I’m sure we’ll see more of that pairing in the film.
I noted that Captain America talked about Natasha “in pain,” because like Clint, he and Natasha are close. In fact, they are currently leading the “New Avengers,” and though Natasha’s “heart is with Cap,” her “ideas” are with Tony so to speak. As Scarlett Johansson (who plays Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff) describes, Widow really wants to reason with Steve because of how close they are, but she sees Iron Man as the path of least resistance.
Cap is also seeing a change from the guy who adheres firmly to authority to a guy who questions it more. This is a continuation of his distrust for big authority from his second solo film, as he sees everybody as trying to fill out their own agenda whereas his agenda is simple – do what’s right. However, here, that agenda of his does get more complicated as he strays from the “poster boy” reputation and his unquestioned loyalty to the government. Now, his morality certainly, though good-intentioned, is murkier. Furthermore, him noting Iron Man’s “change of heart” brings emphasis to the flip-flop the two have had.
Steve has also been “lost in time.” He was asleep 70 years and boom, he’s just thrown into the modern world and just lost and finding his place. But, having Bucky regain some memories and back in his life – his one best friend and the only guy from the WWII time plus his childhood – I think this scene really shows Steve holding so closely to that link to his past that happens to be in his present. He won’t let that go for sure.
Which brings us a few other points…
I noted that Falcon is a little disappointed with Cap’s unquestioned and absolute free-pass for Bucky. Falcon is Cap’s new best friend in the modern-world, so Bucky being back certainly complicates things. When Bucky was brainwashed, Falcon did have an encounter with him so that makes things a little awkward. But, is there some jealousy brewing? Is Falcon uncomfortable with how Captain America totally trusts Bucky again despite not really knowing if he’s totally regained his memories or if he’s been cleansed of the HYDRA brainwashing? That’s going to be an interesting thing to explore.
Laura Barton STILL is worried about Hawkeye and wants him to call it quits because she worries about him, but she still understands that the Avengers do need him. She sees both sides to it – she’s afraid that he’ll die or get seriously hurt, but she knows that the superheroes, who are in a sense responsible for safeguarding the world, may need him to keep their ambitions and ideas in check. In Age of Ultron, they built up this voice of Laura Barton to the point where he told her that it would be “his last run.” That, in turn, really built up the stakes in Sokovia, where it looked like Hawkeye may lose his life. Expanding this idea and this mutual understanding between Laura and Clint Barton certainly raises those stakes once more.
Yes, the Avengers do need Hawkeye. Though everybody is good and bad and has their own “agenda” so to speak, Hawkeye could potentially be the x-factor and guy that relieves some of the tension. He’s human, and yes he’s flawed, but he’s got less baggage and underlying selfish motivations compared to other characters – he genuinely just wants to settle everything and go home to his wife and kids. I’m sure many audience members may relate to that. Like in Age of Ultron, he may be the glue guy again, and that’s why having him back in the fold is awesome and once again exploring and developing Clint Barton’s character will be very fascinating.
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