Avengers: Endgame gave us the big doze of Captain America that we were all longing for. Avengers: Infinity War wasn’t kind to Captain America and so Endgame had to make up for that. And boy did it do that in the grandest fashion. The Russos promised that Cap’s absence will be covered up in the next film, and they totally were the men of their words. Cap took on Thanos like a Boss, was ready to take on Thanos’ entire army alone, and he showed us that he truly does possess the power of the Gods.
Back in Infinity War, we would have appreciated more extended scenes from the War of Wakanda because that would have allowed us to get some more screen time involving Captain America. But throughout the entire film, the only 2 great moments that Captain America got were his big entrance to save Vision and Wanda, and his run along with Black Panther to start the war. The trailers made a big deal about the ‘Captain America resisting Thanos’ moment, but all that ended in a single might punch.
As it turns out, the initial plans wouldn’t even have allowed Captain America his big entrance in the movie. Endgame and Infinity War writers told Collider Comic Con that they originally had planned an alternate entrance for Captain America. They said:
“McFeely – Those movies are long, they’re thick, there’s a lot going on. In Infinity War, if it’s not on the [Infinity] Stone plot, it went. Just goodbye. We had all sorts of — before Hulk smashes through the window — all sorts of ‘here’s what we’re doing now, catch up on all the people in the universe.’ There was a great [scene] — I liked it. Terrorists in the Middle East have taken a bunch of hostages, and they have bags over their heads, and they bring them in. They start taking the bags off, and they start being mean to these people, and the last bag they take off, it’s Steve Rogers. And you go, ‘Oh, they are so screwed.’
Markus – In a way, that’s R&D that leads to the satisfaction of Steve appearing behind the train. Because we realized there’s a lot of pleasure to suddenly realizing you have Captain America there to kick somebody’s ass. And I think that vibe fed that train moment. So none of these are wasted, you just have to let them go.”
Storyboard artist Bryan Andrews revealed in Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War — The Art of the Movie book that the Edinburgh sequence underwent further changes before making it to screen. He said:
“There were a few versions of the Edinburgh sequence. At first, [directors Anthony and Joe Russo] had it set during the winter festival. Large crowds, snow, and Cap and the gang were already on-site trying to find Vision and Wanda in a crowd of Santas when the Children of Thanos arrive. Lots of fun stuff, but it was too much. Sometimes less is definitely more.”
Directors Joe & Anthony Russo told us that originally Captain America would have entered into the mix even later than he did. Cap’s entry already felt delayed and people would have gone crazy if it was any later than what we got. They told ET:
“Anthony – Everybody at Marvel, I think other than Joe and I, they were mad at us because we were bringing him in the movie so late. We thought it was the right spot to do it, but after a while we kind of gave into everybody’s, ‘We need more Cap!’
Joe – He had Thor’s heroic entrance in the Wakanda battle. That was originally Cap. Our thinking was that he was on the run, nobody could find him, and so we thought that it would be this really compelling way to use the character — especially because we were trying to thin the ranks out so we could track everyone — and then we realized we had a really good spot to bring him in earlier in Scotland, to save Vision and Wanda. And so we started moving around heroic moments for characters.”
Well, we did have a teeny tiny grudge back then since Cap didn’t do anything big in Infinity War. But he proved his worthiness of Mjolnir and we don’t care about anything else now!