Avengers Endgame could have been a different film: A list of all the scenes you never saw
From Iron Man’s trip to the afterlife to Thor going on a murderous rampage, here are the top five scenes from Avengers: Endgame that ended up on the cutting room floor.
Editors Jeffrey Ford and Matthew Schmidt have described the process of cutting Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame as ‘absolutely hellish’. They had 900 hours of footage to go through, and had to work in real-time to deliver cuts. It’s no wonder then that a lot of material that was shot (or planned) ended up on the cutting room floor.
Ever since the self-imposed spoiler ban was lifted by directors Joe and Anthony Russo, new details have emerged about plot elements that were deleted in favour of what we saw in the final film. Here are the five biggest cuts that could’ve altered the film.
Tony Stark’s vision
The Russos, in an appearance on the HappySadConfused podcast, said that a scene showed Tony interacting with a teenage Morgan (played by Katherine Langford) immediately after snapping his fingers, similar to how Thanos went into the metaphysical world after he’d snapped his fingers. “There was an idea that we had that Tony was going to go into the metaphysical way station that Thanos goes in when he snapped his fingers. And that there was going to be a future version of his daughter in that way station,” Joe Russo said. The scene between Iron Man and his daughter was shot, but cut out after test audiences expressed confusion.
Thor and Hawkeye’s arcs
In the film, Thor and Hawkeye have the most extreme reactions to Thanos’ snap. While Thor turns into a depressed alcoholic, Hawkeye goes full vigilante. But originally, their arcs were supposed to the opposite. Thor was supposed to become the murderous lunatic. Writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely told the New York Times, “When we were spitballing for Endgame, we started with, Thor’s on a mission of vengeance. And then we were like, he was on a mission of vengeance in the last movie. This is all this guy ever does! And fails, all the time. Let’s drive him into a wall and see what happens.”
Black Widow’s fate
In one of the earlier drafts of the script, Black Widow was shown as being involved in an organisation in charge of all the children who’d suddenly become orphans after Thanos’ snap. The idea proved to be too large for the Russos ‘to wrangle’. Anthony Russo said in an appearance on the Slash Film podcast, “One thing that we talked about a lot—and I thought was really profound, but it was almost too large of an idea for us to wrangle, but we did try for a while—is just the idea that one-quarter of all children have no parents. Assuming you started with two parents. So that’s a lot of global orphans. Just the staggering number of that. I believe at one point really early in development, Black Widow was actually leading the organization in D.C. that was in charge of orphans, basically. That was what she was heading up five years later. But yes, it’s fascinating when you start running it down.”
Originally, Professor Hulk was supposed to have been introduced in Infinity War, but it was decided that his arc would function better if it was spread across two movies. Co-writer Chrisopher Markus said, “There was a time when Banner became Smart Hulk in the first movie. It was a lot of fun, but it came at the wrong moment. It was an up, right when everyone else was down.” Even after switching the transformation to Endgame, the writers struggled with how to make the reveal. They considered inserting a scene in Bruce Banner’s lab, but instead chose the more comical reveal at the diner, with Ant-Man.
Thor and Valkyrie’s kiss
Talking to SiriusXM, Anthony Russo said that the scene towards the end of the film, in which Thor hands over the keys to Asgard to Valkyrie, had a brief romantic moment when Thor misjudges signals and goes in for a kiss. He said, “There’s a funny beat. If you remember at the end of the film where Thor is saying goodbye to Valkyrie, and he’s basically turning Asgard over to her. In the endings we felt like we wanted to keep it a little tight, so we were looking for some stuff to squeeze there. He had this beat with Valkryie where after he sort of turns over the kingdom to her, she puts her arm on his shoulder and he sort of starts to lean in for a kiss. And she goes, ‘What are you doing?’ And he goes, ‘Oh I thought the touch..’ She’s like, ‘Yeah, it’s a goodbye touch. A tap I’m giving you.’ It was a really funny beat but we cut it.”
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