Concept Art Reveals Thanos Fighting Hawkeye & Widow on Vormir:
The day some of us die-hard fans were waiting for has arrived. Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame: The Art of the Movie book has finally been released and we have got a look at the various unused concept arts of Endgame. There’s just so much to take in from this book as it unveils the alternate designs for the cool looking time travel suits of the team, alternate suits of heroes like Captain America, Black Widow, Captain Marvel and so many others. Along with the suits we’ve also got alternate battle sequences and events from the book. Here’s the entire video of the book of concept arts, take a look:
Amongst so many amazing visual concept arts that didn’t make it to the final cut was one battle sequence which was deleted to tell a better story. Yes, this was a common feat with the entire film as almost every great fight happens only in the third act and before that it is all story. But there was at least one more fight and it would have taken place on Vormir, where Clint Barton & Natasha Romanoff went to get the Soul Stone. We got a glimpse of this battle in the BTS videos, and a still of Black Widow.
But earlier, we didn’t know who this battle was supposed to take place against. Through Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame: The Art of the Movie, we now know that it was supposed to be Thanos and the Outriders. Apparently, having captured Nebula from the future would have led Thanos to Vormir as he would have found out about the plans of Avengers, and the closest candidates to be taken down were Clint & Natasha as they were in the same year as Thanos was.
But we don’t really see an end to this battle where Ronin & Black Widow beat Thanos & the Outriders allowing Clint to escape with the Soul Stone after Natasha sacrifices herself. But we can be certain that it was shot. Hopefully, we would see more of it in the coming future.
While this sequence was shot, there was another alternate sequence which wasn’t shot but was written by the writers. Apparently, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely also tried a segment where instead of Natasha, Clint would have made the jump. The writers previously told the New York Times about it saying:
“McFeely – Jen Underdahl, our visual effects producer, read an outline or draft where Hawkeye goes over. And she goes, ‘Don’t you take this away from her.’ I actually get emotional thinking about it.”
Markus – And it was true, it was him taking the hit for her. It was melodramatic to have him die and not get his family back. And it is only right and proper that she’s done.”
For many fans, the love between Hawkeye & Black Widow wasn’t justified. So there was actually a scene that would have established their love for each other. Co-writer Stephen McFeely spoke to the Los Angeles Times and revealed this scene. He said:
“There was a scene between Natasha and Clint Barton en route to Vormir, so they leave Morag, and then they basically just have a long conversation while the Quinjet is on autopilot. We thought we needed it because it was gonna remind you that they shared a relationship, meaning that they loved each other, which is of course a prerequisite for what’s gonna happen on Vormir. It needed to have that relationship in order for the Soul Stone to be gotten. It turns out you do not need that, because you’ve watched all the movies, and you know they love each other. And they’re great actors, so it takes two lines and not an entire scene.”
Really, the love between Hawkeye and Black Widow was pure. The sacrifice could have worked either way because after the death of Clint’s family, Natasha was the only individual that he loved.