So, it’s time to get excited about an Avengers: Endgame Russo cut. Sure, it’s never likely to see the light of day – and the whopping three-hour runtime squeezed in everything it probably needed to – but there are still Avengers: Endgame deleted scenes out there that were filmed but, for one reason or another, never made it into the final cut. Take the Endgame final battle for instance, which has what sounds like more than an extra few minutes tacked on for good measure.
“We wrote and shot an even longer battle with its own three-act structure,” Endgame writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely candidly reveal during an interview with the NY Times.
The final battle between Thanos and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes (and just about every other MCU character you can think of) also took a breather midway through in an earlier version of the script, but there were reasons why Endgame’s 45-minute scrap didn’t go well into the hour mark and beyond.
“It didn’t play well,” admits McFeely, “We had a scene in a trench where, for reasons, the battle got paused for about three minutes and now there’s 18 people all going, ‘What are we going to do?’ ‘I’m going to do this.’ ‘I’m going to do this.’”
As well as one of the few confirmed Avengers: Endgame deleted scenes bringing the action to a screeching halt it also, as Markus points out, “Required them to find enough shelter to have a conversation in the middle of the biggest battle.” So, yeah, not ideal.
While we got a third act of epic proportions, we can only wonder whether the original (extended) final battle is sitting in a Marvel vault somewhere, just waiting to be released on Blu-ray. There could be extra moments of fan-service, fights, and fist-pumping moments that’ll never be seen, which feels like a missed opportunity.
For many, three hours was enough – the rest of us should be asking one thing: #ReleaseTheRussoCut