[Some Spoilers for Captain America: Civil War here.]
Before Captain America: Civil War came out, there was a lot of talk about one of the Avengers dying. Lots of people thought it would be Captain America, others
Cody James Rhodes, but in the end, everyone escaped the fight with their life.
So, why did no one end up getting killed? Speaking at a Q&A after a creening, the Russo Brothers, who directed the film, were fielded that very question. Hitflix were there for the quote, in which they explain it didn't exactly fit with the thematic purpose of the movie. Joe Russo said:
We talked about lots of potential characters dying at the end of the movie. And we thought that it would undercut what is really the rich tension of the movie, which is this is Kramer vs Kramer. It's about a divorce. If somebody dies, it would create empathy, which would change and allow for repair, and we didn't want to do that.
Anthony Russo added:
The tragedy is the family falls apart. Not that the family falls apart and then somebody dies.
And you know? That is fair enough. This makes total sense to me, and adding a death to the end of the film cheaply wouldn't have been a great move, especially as a move like that is likely to bring a cew together more than anything.
[Edit: Yes…I did just accidentally refer to James Rhodes as wrestler Cody Rhodes. I shouldn't read about Superstars moving brands before writing a story!]