Captain America may be beloved in our world, but in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Steve Rogers has a tattered reputation. In a deleted scene for Spider-Man: Homecoming, Peter, Ned, and Michelle “MJ” Jones have a brief conversation that reveals Cap’s reputation really took a hit after Civil War — so much so that now even his heroic actions prior to that event are being reexamined with suspicion.
On Wednesday, Sony uploaded a deleted scene from Spider-Man: Homecoming to promote the film’s upcoming release on Blu-ray. (Meanwhile, it’s available now on Digital HD.) While on a bus headed to Washington D.C. for the academic decathlon, the three students see leftover ruins of the Triskelion and a Helicarrier from Cap’s takedown of Hydra at the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The debris is still being cleaned up by Damage Control.
“They’re still cleaning up from when Captain America took down those skycraft carriers for no reason,” Michelle tells Ned and Peter while on the bus. When Ned responds that maybe Cap was “trying to save us from tyranny,” Michelle cynically tells him, “That’s what they want you to think.”
The scene is a more dramatic extension of a throwaway joke from earlier in the film, when Peter’s classmates watch a fitness PSA hosted by Captain “Technically a War Criminal” America. Clearly, the people of the MCU aren’t quite sure how they should feel about Cap.
Since it’s a deleted scene, the full scale of the damage isn’t fully rendered, but it’s enough to imagine the scope of the damage that Captain America left behind. The incident was just one of the reasons that compelled the government to push for the Sokovia Accords in the following Captain America movie, Civil War (which also happened to be when Tom Holland made his debut as Peter Parker/Spider-Man).
Spider-Man: Homecoming is available now on Digital HD. It will be released on Blu-ray on October 17.
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