Scarlet Witch and Rocket were almost sent on a road trip in Avengers: Endgame. Almost three months after Marvel Studios' biggest undertaking hit theaters, fans are still learning more about the creative process behind the film - including concepts and ideas that didn't make the theatrical cut.
Shifting the focus on the heroes after Avengers: Infinity War centered on Thanos, the movie's main narrative revolved around the Time Heist. The original Avengers and their remaining allies go back in time to collect all six Infinity Stones in order to bring back all those who were snuffed out of existence due to The Decimation; and the characters were broken down to several smaller teams. One combination that almost made it into the movie was Wanda and Rocket as they team up to pick up the Time Stone from the Sanctum Sanctorum.
Dropping by at the Screen Rant booth at San Diego Comic-Con, Avengers: Endgame writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely revealed details of what was going to be a road trip with a powerful witch and a talking space raccoon. In this version of the film, Wanda survived Thanos' snap, which would have factored her into the Avengers: Infinity War sequel. Sadly, not only was the narrative played differently, but this scene just didn't fit the pacing of Avengers 4, hence why it was cut out. Watch the video below:
Scarlet Witch and Rocket almost had a cross country road trip in Endgame! Awesome as that may be, it was changed because it didn't fit the fast pace of the film. #SDCC #MarvelSDCC #MarvelStudios #Marvel #AvengersEndgame pic.twitter.com/0AVmlCQu6o— Screen Rant (@screenrant) July 21, 2019
There was still some road trip in Avengers: Endgame, and considering Markus and McFeely's explanation on why Wanda and Rocket's version was cut out, one would expect that the version that ended up in the film fit more into the movie's fast pace. Only, the contrary is true. They doubled down on the idea by slowing it all down during Rocket and Hulk's trip to New Asgard to recruit Thor for the Time Heist. Avengers: Endgame even used The Kinks' "Supersonic Rocketship" for a more relaxed and casual feel. For some reason, however, it felt right in the movie as it was a silly set-up for an ever sillier reveal when they got to fat Thor.
Obviously, the idea of Wanda and Rocket on a road trip was in a very early version of Avengers: Endgame. And, since Markus and McFeely, alongside directors Joe and Anthony Russo, began work on the twin Avengers sequels as early as 2016, it makes sense that it went through several narrative iterations. However, what's more curious about this reveal was the context from which this odd pairing came. The two heroes have never officially met, though they were in the same room a couple of times during the Thanos debacle. And, on the offset, it doesn't seem like they have anything in common to bond over. But the stark difference in personality may actually be what initially drew the filmmakers into teaming them up. In any case, given that they're still in the MCU, their paths can cross sometime soon.
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