We love these Captain America sound bites that keep cropping up on the internet from director brothers Anthony and Joe Russo. When they’re not hinting at just how much Steve and Bucky will give each other puppy dog eyes in Captain America 3, they’re teasing us with the Hawkeye/Cap faceoff-turned-tender-moment that never was from Winter Soldier.
The Russos were gonna try and make us believe that Hawkeye was something of an antagonist in Winter Soldier—which, considering how much of The Avengers he spent mind-controlled, is not a crazy assumption. Basically, Joe Russo explained on the Screen Rant Underground podcast, when Cap went rogue, a certain archer would have chased after him:
What it was going to be, we were trying to complicate the relationship between Cap and his S.H.I.E.L.D agent friends. If Hawkeye got a call from S.H.I.E.L.D saying Captain America is a fugitive, would he listen to that call or not listen to that call? That sequence actually was heartbreaking for us to cut it. I think it ultimately might have been a conflict with Renner’s schedule.
But there’s a twist!
But there was a great sequence where Hawkeye was chasing Cap through Washington D.C. There was an awesome sequence where they confronted each other in a ravine on the outskirts of D.C. and Hawkeye was shooting a series of arrows closing in on Cap, Cap closing in on him. And then Cap took him down and he realized for the first time that Hawkeye was trying to trick S.H.I.E.L.D, where he whispered something into Cap’s ear that Cap had a tracker on his suit and to punch Hawkeye to make it look real, because there was a Quinjet hovering above where they were watching the feedback back at S.H.I.E.L.D.
Forget the last scene from Lost in Translation, this would’ve been the cinematic whisper to captivate us all.
Alas, they never shot the scene; there’s not even a storyboard. In lieu of any visual, we imagine it would have gone something like this:
They literally cannot let go of each other. The Russos need to contrive a way for Hawkeye and Cap to get in whispering range again for Captain America 3.