Avengers: Infinity War was originally going to feature a Tony Stark/Iron Man and Steve Rogers/Captain America reunion, the film's writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely reveal. On their fourth Marvel project, the writing duo teamed up with directors Joe and Anthony Russo for the third time to bring to fruition the franchise's most ambitious film yet. And based on the box office success and the generally positive reviews for the movie, safe to say that they delivered.
While Infinity War brought together all pockets of the MCU together as the heroes prepared to face Mad Titan Thanos, two of the Avengers' most prominent members remain separated from each other. Cap and Tony, who still aren't on speaking terms with each other since the event of Captain America: Civil War, are yet to make up. But apparently, there was a time that they were going to reconcile before the Mad Titan arrived.
Speaking with Yahoo! regarding the evolution of Infinity War's story to what ultimately rolled out in cinemas, Markus and McFeely shared that they originally thought of reuniting Cap and Tony before the threat of Thanos became apparent. As they continued to work on the film, the two, alongside the Russo brothers eventually decided against it, saving the two's reunion in Avengers 4.
“Our first sort of wonky draft [had] the idea that they had to get back in the same room together and deal with that. [But it] meant that you’re slowing down your Thanos [Infinity] Stones [quest] to deal with other threats from other movies. And that became, as much as we wanted to do, and as many times as we wrote those scenes, it became clear that this movie needed to be propulsive and be about Thanos and what he represented to the Avengers.”
It's probably for the best that Tony and Steve haven't seen each yet as it makes for a more emotional reunion for Avengers 4. Infinity War kept most of the original Avengers separate for the most part, with Thor only joining the rest of his old pals halfway through the battle in Wakanda. That leaves Tony and Hawkeye isolated from the group. Further, it might also help the two warring characters to realize that they are stronger together than they are apart. On the heels of Thanos' onslaught, both parties may be more inclined to set aside their differences and patch things up for the greater good. Lastly, if Cap and Tony reconciled right away (despite the two-year gap since they went their separate ways), it would cheapen Civil War - a movie mainly made to break the Avengers apart as a set-up to Thanos' imminent arrival.
As much as Avengers: Infinity War was fun given the countless of character interactions, it didn't have the leeway to explore any subplots outside of those that are directly related to Thanos' story. And by clearing the deck a bit for Avengers 4, the Phase 3 capper will have enough wiggle room to feature other running plotlines in the franchise including the prolonged rift between Cap and Tony. It also makes for an epic reassembly of the six original Avengers members who will probably go on their last mission with the same crew considering that the film is supposed to change the long-established status quo in the MCU.
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