Avengers: Endgame was shrouded in secrecy until it was released this summer. With the cliffhanger set up at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, even the first few minutes of Endgame were a spoiler. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo accepted that once the film had been out for two weeks, people would start discussing spoilers openly. It didn’t stop the film from becoming the highest-grossing movie worldwide.
It turns out there are still a few more secrets to share about Avengers: Endgame. The film is on Blu-ray, 4K and DVD today with bonus features including a commentary by the Russos and screenwriter Stephen McFeely. Here are a few more secrets you’ll discover on the Avengers: Endgame Blu-ray.
Hawkeye’s first scene was originally in ‘Infinity War’
The Russos have now spoken about the decision to move Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner)’s sole Infinity War scene to the beginning of Avengers: Endgame. In the opening scene, Hawkeye is spending time on the farm with his family and witnesses them disappear after Thanos (Josh Brolin) snapped half the universe out of existence.
The Hawkeye scene was originally going to come during Infinity War in the moments after Thanos snaps his fingers. The Russos said that it was too disorienting to jump to Hawkeye when there were so many characters already in that scene. Later in their commentary, they also acknowledge that the reveal of Hawkeye going vigilante in Japan only works because we’ve seen him lose his family earlier in this film.
Smart Hulk almost came in ‘Infinity War’ too
One of the greatest joys of Avengers: Endgame was the new Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). Bruce Banner made peace with his Hulk side and combined forces to be a giant green intellectual wearing glasses and a sweater. This too was originally conceived for Avengers: Infinity War.
The Russos revealed that the climax of Infinity War was intended to show Banner make the deal with his Hulk side so that they could fight Thanos. That also became too complicated during the already complicated finale of Infinity War. We think they made the right call because the surprise of Smart Hulk is one of Avengers: Endgame’s treasures.
Captain Marvel originally waited longer to appear in ‘Avengers: Endgame’
After Captain Marvel’s landmark feature film debut, fans eagerly awaited her appearance in Avengers: Endgame. She appears in space to tow Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) and the survivors back down to Earth. The Russos revealed that early cuts delayed her appearance, if only by a few seconds.
Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) is introduced by the glow on Tony’s face, and then we see his point of view seeing her floating in space. The Russos toyed with eliminating the reverse shot which would have delayed Carol’s appearance by a few shots.
Robert Downey, Jr is digitally skinnier at the beginning of ‘Avengers: Endgame’
This is a subtle distinction, but since Tony has been stranded in space for several weeks, he has lost weight. There was no time for Downey to do a crash diet just for the film’s opening, so they used digital effects to make him look more emaciated.
They took a Chitauri joke out of ‘Avengers: Endgame’
It was fun to revisit classic MCU moments in Avengers: Endgame, thanks to time travel. One of those moments was the Battle of New York in The Avengers. Even before the Avengers traveled back to 2012, there was a deleted scene in which they reviewed the battle on video and Rocket mocked them for spending two or three hours fighting Chitauri.
“The Chitauri are the suckiest army in the galaxy,” Rocket said. “Why didn’t you just blow up the mothership?”
Captain America (Chris Evans) responded, “We didn’t know that was a thing.”
That hasn’t spoiled the whole deleted scene. Rocket still goes off on the Avengers more. In their commentary track, the Russos said they decided that joke was too inside baseball, but now you can see it on the Blu-ray.
Stan Lee had a line in ‘Captain Marvel’
One of the bonus features pays tribute to Stan Lee and his cameos across all the Marvel movies. One of his best appearances was in Captain Marvel. Since that film was set in 1995, Carol Danvers sees Lee on a Subway reading the script to Mallrats, which he would appear in that year.
Outtakes reveal that he originally spoke a line in that scene. “Trust me, true believer,” Lee tells Carol. Lee actually has more lines that didn’t all make it into his cameos, and you can hear them all on the Avengers: Endgame Blu-ray.
The secret name for ‘Avengers: Endgame’ was ‘Mary Lou’
Most big movies use fake names during production so that fans can’t sneak onto the set. The most famous example was Return of the Jedi filming under the title Blue Harvest. There’s probably no way to keep an Avengers movie totally secret, but it’s still fun to see what fake names they pick for big movies. This time, the clapboard between takes clearly reads Mary Lou.
They discuss Captain America meeting Red Skull again
One of the lingering questions for Avengers fans concerns Captain America’s final trip through time to return the Infinity Stones to their original locations. Since the Soul Stone is being guarded by Red Skull (Hugo Weaving), would Cap have to face his old foe again?
The Russos and McFeely don’t come to a clear conclusion, but they discuss it on the commentary track. One theory is that once the Soul Stone was taken, the Red Skull lost his job as guardian, so Cap could just return it moments after and evade him. Another theory suggests he’d return it moments before it went missing, in which case he would have to face Red Skull again.
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