With “Avengers: Endgame” likely to become the biggest box office film of all time the film makers are now loosening their lips talk about what was dropped from the Avengers Endgame script. Screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have answered a number of questions from fans about the film’s use of time travel and certain character deaths amongst others things.
Both writers said they were big fans of Marvel’s “What If?” comics and Avengers Endgame script was their chance to imitate it such as the five year time jump – Thor got fat, Steve got depressed, Natasha was a shut-in, Clint became a brutal killer, Tony went domestic, and Hulk got smart and relaxed.
The new Hulk was originally going to debut during the Wakanda battle in ‘Infinity War’, and they were also considering debuting the three-headed Living Tribunal character in it – but it didn’t work. They went on to say that the reason Captain Marvel kept a low profile in the Avengers Endgame script was because they were trying to handle “the original Avengers dealing with loss and coming to a conclusion”. McFeely says rather than the attack on New York, the first draft of the Endgame script had Iron Man head to Asgard to retrieve the Tesseract:
“[There’s] a moment in the M.C.U., if you’re paying very close attention, where the Aether is there and the Tesseract is in the vault. In that iteration, we were interested in Tony going to Asgard. He had a stealth suit, so he was invisible, and he fought Heimdall, who could see him.”
Avengers Endgame script had included a visit to the Triskelion at one point, and Robert Redford’s return as Alexander Pierce was originally going to be either Nick Fury or Maria Hill in that scene. The final battle in the movie also ran a lot longer:
McFeely: “We wrote and shot a much longer battle with its own three-act structure. It didn’t play well, but we had a scene in a trench where, for reasons, the battle got paused for about three minutes and now there’s 18 people all going, ‘What are we going to do?’ ‘I’m going to do this.’ ‘I’m going to do this.’ Just bouncing around this completely fake, fraudulent scene. When you have that many people, it invariably is, one line, one line, one line. And that’s not a natural conversation.”
Markus: “It also required them to find enough shelter to have a conversation in the middle of the biggest battle. It wasn’t a polite World War I battle where you have a moment.”
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The decision to kill off Black Widow was because her journey came to end if she could get the Avengers back……but the writers were concerned as to whether the audience would have time to absorb the shock. But because they saw her as a cipher as opposed to Tony the public figure, she doesn’t get a funeral in the film. Both writers knew this was to be Iron Man’s final outing and that by showing him having that ‘perfect retirement life’ it doesn’t feel like a tragedy but rather a “heroic, finished life”:
“Everyone knew this was going to be the end of Tony Stark. The watchword was, end this chapter, and he started the chapter. In a way, he has been the mirror of Steve Rogers the entire time. Steve is moving toward some sort of enlightened self-interest, and Tony’s moving to selflessness. They both get to their endpoints.”
As for the characters having a cameo in X-Men or Fantastic Four cameo……….well apparently that was never going to happen: “I guess it [the film] is done now but it wasn’t done then. They [Fox] still have an ‘X-Men’ movie. You can’t reboot them before they’re done. ‘Sorry to completely screw you.‘”