Watch all the deleted scenes from Avengers: Endgame's digital release here. The climax of the MCU's first three phases, Avengers: Endgame was the longest film in the superhero franchise. It clocked in at over three hours in length, to the delight of viewers who were eager to see the last decade's worth of character arcs brought to a satisfying conclusion.
And yet, despite this length, there were still deleted scenes. The studio revealed one as part of the Avengers: Endgame re-release featuring an alternate Professor Hulk introduction where he's saving people from a burning building. Now, though, Marvel's record-breaking blockbuster was given its digital release and the full batch of Easter eggs and deleted scenes were at last revealed. To date, the studio has chosen to hold back the most eagerly anticipated of these, in which Tony Stark entered the Soul World after snapping his fingers and met a future version of his daughter, Morgan, played by Katherine Langford. Hopefully, that will still surface at some point.
For now, most of Avengers: Endgame's released deleted scenes focus on small character beats with just a couple of members of the core cast. This is hardly surprising: Endgame was a logistical nightmare given the number of schedules that had to be juggled, and the Russo brothers only tended to shoot scenes when they were fairly confident would make it into the final cut. The core cast, however, were on set for an extended period of time, and so the Russos could be a little more relaxed. There is one exception to this rule, though, a stunning sequence that many viewers believe shouldn't have been cut at all. Let's take a look at all Avengers: Endgame's deleted scenes.
Tony Stark & Pepper Potts' Domestic Bliss
The first Avengers: Endgame deleted scene is one of the more pointless, with Tony Stark and Pepper Potts discussing their domestic life. The scene overlaps with Gwyneth Paltrow's real-life healthy eating ventures, but it doesn't add anything to the film itself. Given that's the case, it's easy to see why it was cut; it's nice to know that Tony and Pepper were happily married, but that was already pretty clear. And not all audience members want to be reminded of goop.
Rocket Mocks The Avengers
One of the more amusing deleted scenes from Avengers: Endgame takes place when the Avengers are reviewing past events in order to find the Infinity Stones. The assembled team watch footage from the Battle of New York, but Rocket is less than impressed, essentially asking how long he's going to be sat watching footage of the Avengers battling the Chitauri. He's staggered to realize the Avengers fought the alien invaders for a couple of hours, insisting the Chitauri are "the suckiest army in the galaxy." It culminates with Tony Stark shaving Rocket as payback.
The Russo brothers were probably wise to cut this particular deleted scene. Not only does it add nothing to the story, it actually diminishes it; the Chitauri threat returned in Avengers: Endgame's final battle, and it's hard to take them quite as seriously when Rocket has dismissed them so casually.
War Machine Questions Captain America's Sacrifice
Another deleted scene from Avengers: Endgame shows Steve Rogers and James Rhodes continue to examine the history of the Infinity Stones. In this case, they're focused on the Tesseract, and Cap explains why it was lost at the bottom of the ocean in Captain America: The First Avenger. This leads to a hilarious moment in which Rhodey attempts to understand just why Steve Rogers had to sacrifice himself back in 1945 in the first place.
It's actually a little unfortunate that this scene was cut. The deleted scene reminds viewers of the Tesseract's pre-Avengers history, foreshadowing Tony Stark's decision to jump back to 1970 to retrieve it from Camp Lehigh. What's more, it forces Steve Rogers to subtly question his past decisions, perhaps helping set up his choice to head back to the past and live out his life with Peggy Carter at the end of the film.
Thor And Rocket On Asgard
The next chronological Avengers: Endgame deleted scene shows Thor and Rocket in Asgard, as Rocket attempts to get Thor to tell him where Jane Foster is. While the scene is played for humor, with Thor taking a relieving himself, it does have serious undertones; the God of Thunder reflects on how everybody he's seeing is destined to die. Like many of the smaller scenes, this doesn't add much to the plot at hand, more reiterating well-established character beats, so it's easy to see why the Russos cut it.
Tony Stark Talks To His Father
Another of Avengers: Endgame's deleted scenes shows Tony Stark talking to his father Howard at Camp Lehigh in 1970. It gives an interesting insight into Tony's emotional and intellectual focus, as he explains his worries about leaving a legacy for his daughter. Howard Stark is obviously impressed, and even offers Tony a job. While that's played for humor, it's a touching cap to the Starks' relationship, with Tony finally receiving a statement of validation from his father. Nevertheless, that entire idea is well delivered in the theatrical version, so it makes sense to remove it.
The Avengers Honor Iron Man
The most important of Avengers: Endgame's deleted scenes sees the Avengers honor the fallen Tony Stark. One by one, Earth's Mightiest Heroes bow the knee in Iron Man's honor. It's a powerful and effective scene, conveying the emotion of Tony Stark's sacrifice. But it also clarifies an important story point as well, showing the Gamora of 2014 standing among the heroes and quietly slipping away. With this scene cut, Avengers: Endgame left Gamora's fate up in the air, with some speculating that she'd been killed in Tony Stark's snap because he'd not known to differentiate between her and Thanos' forces. Avengers: Endgame's writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely recently confirmed that Gamora had survived, but it's interesting to see that it could have played out a lot less mysteriously.
For all its significance, though, there are probably good reasons for cutting this scene. The Russos presumably felt it was superfluous; the deleted scene strikes almost exactly the same narrative beats as Tony Stark's funeral, but rather less effectively. In fact, it even uses the same music, which suggests the Russos always felt this was an either/or situation and wanted to see which worked the best. In the released version of Avengers: Endgame, the directors chose to go with a more intimate death for Tony Stark, focusing in on his dearest friends and his beloved Pepper.
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