Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame was one of the most epic motion picture experiences of all time. The gigantic final battle with Thanos capped off ten years of buildup. In the final act, Spider-Man (played by Tom Holland) gets an assist from several female Marvel superheroes.
In the new behind-the-scenes MCU book The Story of Marvel Studios: The Making of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, executive producer Trinh Tran admitted the scene needed some retooling. Uproxx reports that audiences didn’t like its heavy-handedness.
“In earlier cuts, when we started screen-testing it, there was a little concern for ‘Does it come off [as] pandering?’ Are we going to get people saying, ‘Oh you’re just putting that scene in there just to put the scene in there. Does it actually have a story to tell with the rest of the narrative?’ That was always a concern in the back of our heads.’”
Tran said that cutting the scene was never on the table. Instead, additional scenes with the same characters in smaller groups were shot. This way, the scene could flow more naturally.
The new book contains several other revelations. One of the most interesting stories is of Robert Downey Jr.’s reaction to learning how the final scene for Iron Man in Endgame plays out.
The MCU continues via various Disney+ series’ and films that explore other non-Avengers characters. Some of them have had production delays announced. Eternals will play nationwide starting November 5.
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