In a massive movie like Avengers: Endgame, we can only imagine that there would have been a bunch of scenes which would not have made to the final cut. Apparently, the directors actually shot a lot of different variations of the scenes to prevent spoilers, keep the actors confused and test a few alternate versions of certain segments. There was enough material shot to actually make the film 4 hours long, but obviously, that would not have been possible, and hence editing brought the film to 3 hours & 58 seconds.
After watching the movie there was one big confusion that everyone had, and that was the role of Katherine Langford. We saw her nowhere in the film as her character was completely taken out. Later the directors revealed that she would have played a future version of Tony & Pepper’s daughter Morgan ‘Maguna’ Stark.
This scene that Tony and future Maguna shared would have taken place in the Afterlife just like Thanos’ scene with baby Gamora happened in the Soul World after he snapped. Here’s what Joe & Anthony Russo told us about the scene that they had to delete from the film at the Happy Sad Confused podcast:
“Joe – 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. The intention was that his future daughter–because these films are dealing with magic–forgave him and sort of gave him peace to go. And the idea felt resonant. But it was just too many ideas in an overly complicated movie.
Anthony – What we realized about it was we didn’t feel an emotional association with the adult version of his daughter. So, it wasn’t ringing to us and resonating with us on an emotional level.”
Now, the writers of the film have also shed some light upon it as they revealed the real reason of the scene being cut out of the final version of the film. Talking to Variety, here’s what the pair had to say:
“Markus – [The scene] didn’t work in the final cut because it was just killing the momentum of the rest of the movie.
McFeely – [Langford] was great.
Markus – Yeah. She was great. It was just a very sort of ruminative scene in a time when you really wanted to be on the plot. And as much as … and it also, because of its nature that we’re going through, we couldn’t move. It’s not a scene you could say, ‘let’s try it at the beginning.’ It only made narrative sense where it was, but it didn’t make pacing sense. So it just had to go.”
So it is good that the directors and the writers chose to take that scene off because it would have come in out of nowhere. We got to bond with little Morgan Stark (Lexi Rabe) so her inclusion felt very special in all the scenes. Katherine Langford’s scene would not have felt as impactful as the directors would have initially thought it would be. But most fans who thought that Langford was indeed playing Tony and Pepper’s daughter could surely be happy knowing that they were absolutely right.
Directed by Joe & Anthony Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Danai Gurira, Benedict Wong, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Gwyneth Paltrow, Josh Brolin, Pom Klementieff, Karen Gillan, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Chris Pratt, Paul Rudd, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Tessa Thompson, Evangeline Lilly, Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Douglas, Tilda Swinton, Ava Russo and Brie Larson.