Avengers: Infinity War was originally going to see Falcon in space instead of Spider-Man, writers Stephen Markus and Christopher McFeely revealed. While Infinity War has already been out for almost two weeks, the conversation surrounding the epic blockbuster isn't dying down any time soon, and this latest reveal gives fans a brand new angle to discuss and dissect the film on top of predicting what the future holds for the MCU heroes after Thanos' arrival.
With several dozens of characters all vying for screen time, directors Joe and Anthony Russo with the help of the writers decided to split the massive cast into mini-teams to give all of them their time under the spotlight. However, apparently, an earlier draft of the story grouped Falcon with Iron Man and Doctor Strange who went to space to seek Thanos, while Peter stayed Earth-bound.
Speaking with Yahoo! with regard to some of the early ideas they had for Infinity War, the film's writers revealed that at one point they were sending Falcon to Titan instead of Spider-Man. “There was one [version] where Spider-Man did not go to space, and where Falcon went to space. And it was fun, it was interesting, it’s always great to have those guys in various situations and there was a lot to do with them in both situations, but we weren’t getting as much emotion as we could if we brought them back to people who know them,” Markus shared. No other information was given regarding what the original set-up would've been but it's safe to say that Avengers 3 would've been significantly different if this was the case.
Thankfully they did the swap mainly because it doesn't make sense for Sam to hang out with Tony and not with Steve Rogers. From a logistics standpoint, it would be difficult to have Falcon board the Q-Ship in New York knowing that he went underground with Team Cap by the end of Captain America: Civil War. Gear-wise, it wouldn't make sense considering Falcon's suit is not appropriate for cosmic travel. Finally, the film would've lost a lot of great character interactions on both ends that fans ultimately got, specifically that poignant interaction between Tony and Peter which arguably was one of the highlights of the movie.
If anything, this latest reveal from the writing duo illustrates how rigorous crafting these stories are. Writing a standalone movie already poses so many challenges as it is, let alone writing a film that's supposed to service all the 18 flicks that came before it. Just development of the stories for the twin Avengers sequels lasted for one and a half years, while production for both installments took another year to finish. In the end, the Russos, as well as Markus and McFeely ultimately grouped the Avengers: Infinity War characters in a way that makes the most sense. With a clearer deck of key players come Avengers 4, it would definitely give the creatives behind the forthcoming blockbuster a bit of a wiggle room to operate.
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- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
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- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019