Hawkeye's Captain America Musical Began as a Joke That Went Too Far

Hawkeye director and executive producer Rhys Thomas explains the origin of Rogers: The Musical, the fictional Broadway production based on the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Captain America in the upcoming Disney+ series.

During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Thomas was asked what it was like filming Rogers: The Musical. "In one of the drafts, there was a mention of a bus driving by with an ad for Rogers: The Musical. That was there. 'Huh, that's a funny thing that's there,' but it never came up in the show," he said. However, it later sparked an idea on how the series would justify getting Jeremy Renner's Clint Barton into New York City. According to Thomas, once he brought it up to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, there was no going back.

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Thomas added that he "had this image of [Jeremy Renner's] grumpy face sitting in a darkened theater, watching a musical about himself and that made me laugh." Thomas would later pitch the idea to Feige, though he didn't think anyone would take it that seriously.

"Kevin kind of seized on it, much to my surprise," Thomas said. "Then I started backtracking. Suddenly it was like, 'Shit. What is a musical in the MCU and what are fans going to expect? How do we do it?' Kevin wouldn't let go of it. 'It's going to be good.'" Thomas then called composer Marc Shaiman and acclaimed musical theater director Scott Wittman in to help him create the musical. "Together we figured it out," he said.

Thomas also recently discussed Rogers: The Musical's role in Clint Barton's story in Hawkeye, as it is not only the reason the Avenging Marksman is in New York City. The other purpose of the musical is to bring the character some discomfort regarding the death of friend and fellow Avenger, Scarlett Johansson's Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, in Avengers: Endgame.

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"Obviously, deeper down, [watching the musical] eventually conjures up the emotional connection with Natasha and that trauma [of losing her]," Thomas said at the time. "That was the fun line with that scene, I think -- having this kind of light exterior and a fun sequence but ultimately digging at that other level of Clint that's going on."

When previously asked why a Christmastime New York City had to be the backdrop for the upcoming Disney+ series, Thomas explained that filming in New York was important to Hawkeye's overall development. "New York is very special to me," Thomas said. "I think I was kind of a tyrant about being as true to New York as we could."

The first two episodes of Hawkeye premiere Nov. 24 on Disney+.

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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