Avengers: Endgame was entirely about fixing the horrific events anomalies that came with Thanos’ snap in Infinity War. The Avengers manage to do that successfully towards the beginning of the third act of the film. But they face the consequences of messing with Time right after that as Thanos attacks the Avengers at their home. What follows next is a big fight involving Thanos & the big three Avengers of the team.
Right after that when Thanos manages to pin down Iron Man, Thor and finally Captain America, he gets ready to unleash his entire army onto Captain America, and then the entire planet. But as we see him call upon his faceless CGI troops, the greatest moment in the history of Superhero movies happens. We get to see several portals open up and through them comes in the Avengers army to give us the Avengers Assemble moment.
These portals bring in armies from Wakanda, new Asgard and outer space as well. But the ones leading these armies are the snap victims who emerged from the same places where they were snapped from. It’s fascinating to know that this reunion of the Avengers was originally going to happen before Thanos even attacks the Avengers facility. The audio commentary of Endgame has the creatives revealing these alternate plans they had. Here’s what they said:
“Stephen McFeely – Just on an act-construction level, we were faced with a strange problem where we needed two snaps of the Gauntlet and asked ourselves often ‘what does it mean to bring everybody back?’ And “What is the best way to do that?” We certainly tried a version where everyone came back and you knew it immediately, and there they were. Maybe they all came back to wherever you wished them to come back. And then Thanos attacked them all at once. Doing that prevented us from a really heroic reveal, which is coming in about 20 minutes where the cavalry comes.
Joe Russo – And also I think, went counter to the logic that everyone would just return to the moment from which they disappeared.
Stephen McFeely – That’s the thing.
Christopher Markus – It also made the fight feel like an afterthought because they had accomplished their goal. Even if those people are brought back when Hulk snaps his fingers, you still have that lingering feeling that all is not resolved yet.”
Having seen the final battle sequence so many times now makes us wish for a little more. It’s the same as the Battle of Wakanda. We’re not full of these two battles and could surely enjoy a bit more. Especially if you talk about the Endgame battle, it’s the only major fight scene in the entire movie after Cap V Thanos. It had so many amazing moments, but our human hearts aren’t really satisfied.
We could love an extra 5 minutes of it. Hulk didn’t get screen time, and neither did Rhodey. Bucky only got to shoot once, and Groot just took down one of the bad guys in the back. Obviously in a battle with so many characters involved, this was bound to happen so the necessary heroes get extra time. But yea, the Avengers throwing a few more punches would not have hurt us.
Directed by Joe & Anthony Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Don Cheadle as War Machine, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Chris Pratt as Star Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Vin Diesel as Groot, Dave Bautista as Drax, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Gwyneth Paltrow Pepper Potts, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Benedict Wong as Wong, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill, William Hurt as General Ross, Tilda Swinton as Ancient One and Josh Brolin as Thanos.