Avengers: Endgame gave us the biggest battle in the history of battles. Well, the fights did stop so the characters could deliver a few dialogues in between, but that’s the Marvel way. So, no complaints. The only complaint or demand one may have is for an extended version of the final fight. Yes it delivered some amazing moments, but it only lasted for about 13 minutes. This, and the brawl between the big three & Thanos are the only major fights that are present in this 3 hour long movie. So, the creatives could have at least made the battle a bit longer.
People like the Hulk, War Machine and many others had 1 or 2, or no scenes at all. Of course there were plenty of characters and not all of them would have got screen time, but someone like the Hulk and Rhodey belong to the OGs. At least they should have got to do something. As it turns out, the battle could have been much longer because the relay of taking the Infinity Gauntlet from one place to other involved many characters originally. In the final cut, what we saw was just Hawkeye passing it on to Black Panther, then Spider-Man, and finally Captain Marvel giving the assist.
Apparently, there would have been a plan & a discussion about taking the gauntlet towards the van. This discussion was cut out of the film because it broke the flow of the film. But, many more characters were supposed to carry the Infinity Gauntlet. On the exclusive commentary of Avengers: Endgame, the writers reveal:
“McFeely – Now this part of the movie is what we call the ‘flea-flicker’ which is a chance for several characters to carry the load of the Gauntlet, trying to get it towards the van, and to be assisted along the way by other characters, sort of a unifying idea to get a lot of teamwork. And in early drafts and concept art…
Markus (Jokingly) – Everybody and your mother carried the Infinity Gauntlet.
McFeely – And now it sort of got down to a meaningful four with various side events like this where Scarlet Witch gets to get her revenge.
Getting this extended relay would have been quite amazing. The likes of Falcon and Rhodey could have also provided the assist since they can also fly. That would have allowed them even more screen time. If you noticed what Stephen McFeely says in the commentary, you’d know that he teases concept arts. Many alternate concept arts came out last year after Infinity War was released on BluRay. So, we could expect a ton of new stuff heading our way once Endgame releases on BluRay as well.
Kevin Feige recently teased that the scene involving Cap’s decapitated head could end up among the concept arts. Who knows, we may even get the alternate missions like the ones involving Tony Stark going to Asgard, fighting Heimdall and what not. With a movie this big, the creatives must have considered so many alternate scenarios to go forward with. There was one where Scarlet Witch wouldn’t have been snapped and she would have gone on a road trip with Rocket Raccoon. Once Marvel releases the various concept arts, we’d be in for some big surprises for sure!
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.