"I think him dropping that shield is him letting go of that identity," Joe and Anthony Russo.
Speaking to The Huffington Post, the directors of the film, Joe and Anthony Russo spoke on the significance of the moment, confirming that Rogers is letting go of his identity as the superhero, Captain America.
“I think him dropping that shield is him letting go of that identity, him admitting that certainly, the identity of Captain America was in conflict with the very personal choice that he was making," they said.
In the comics, Stever Rogers discarded his Captain America suit to become the hero Nomad for a short period of time.
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"Captain America: Civil War" is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, and stars Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Sebastian Stan as Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie as Falcon, Paul Bettany as The Vision, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye.
It also stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther, Emily VanCamp as Agent 13Don Cheadle as War Machine, Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch, Tom Holland as Spider-Man, and Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man.
"Captain America: Civil War" surpassed the $900 million mark to overtake "Spider-Man," "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," and "Spider-Man 3" to become the sixth highest grossing superhero movie of all time.
Steve Rogers will be next seen alongside other Avengers in the anticipated "Avengers: Infinity."