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Avengers: Endgame concept art reveals cut Iron Man and Spider-Man moment from the final battle

(Image credit: Marvel Studios)

Avengers: Endgame crammed a lot of superheroes into one spotlight during its final battle against Thanos outside Avengers HQ. That also meant we missed out on various team-ups and other character moments in the third act. Some may have been left to fan imagination, but one quick shot that didn’t make the cut has now been shown off in a new piece of concept art from the MCU epic.

Marvel Studios head of visual development Ryan Meinerding has taken to Instagram to post a keyframe which was “meant to be a Team Iron Man moment in the final battle.”

Another rough keyframe from Avengers: Endgame. This was meant to be a Team Iron Man moment in the final battle. Ryan Meinerding (opens in new tab)

A photo posted by @ryan_meinerding_art on Sep 29, 2020 at 11:58am PDT

Honestly? It’s a shame this was passed over. It looks like something straight out of a comic book cover and seeing Tony, Pepper, Rhodey, and Peter all lay the smackdown on Thanos and his minions feels like too good of an opportunity to pass up. 

Mr. and Mrs. Iron Man did get a chance to prove that those who save the world together stay together, yet we can’t help but wish we also got this spectacular Spidey team-up, especially given Tony’s later tearful goodbye.

Meinerding has been especially forthcoming recently when it comes to sharing Endgame concept art and other designs. His Instagram account is currently a goldmine of what could have been in the MCU in another time and multiverse – including Cap bringing the lightning in his showdown with Thanos. Check it out if you get the chance.

Marvel’s future, meanwhile, is looking bright. WandaVision has a new trailer and there’s even a new Falcon suit to gawp at, while Black Widow’s delay means there are now four MCU movies set for 2021. Couple that with the rest of the new Marvel TV shows on the horizon and it soon becomes clear that Marvel Phase 4 is shaping up quite nicely indeed. And if you're in need of a rewatch, here's how to watch the Marvel movies in order.

Bradley Russell
Bradley Russell

I'm the Entertainment Writer here at GamesRadar+, focusing on news, features, and interviews with some of the biggest names in film and TV. On-site, you'll find me marveling at Marvel and providing analysis and room temperature takes on the newest films, Star Wars and, of course, anime. Outside of GR, I love getting lost in a good 100-hour JRPG, Warzone, and kicking back on the (virtual) field with Football Manager. My work has also been featured in OPM, FourFourTwo, and Game Revolution.