Why did “Avengers: Endgame” writers want to cut this epic scene?

Avengers: Endgame dir. Anthony and Joe Russo 2019

Audiences applauded the scene but it turns out the writers weren't so sure about it.

Avengers: Endgame came and conquered, or rather, it came and it's conquering. The Russo brothers' film continues to break box-office records and is predicted to become the highest-grossing movie of all time, beating the likes of Avatar and Titanic. Hopes were exceedingly high after Avengers: Infinity War, yet it was immediately clear that Endgame would have far more work to do. Although it's recently been revealed that Spider-Man: Far From Home will be concluding MCU's phase four, the fourth Avengers instalment was essentially tasked with concluding over a decade of interlinking superhero cinema. 

It's one of the most ambitious movie blockbusters ever made; arguably the most. However, it's now a week since release and there's been very little negativity surrounding it. So, it seems they've gone and done it. The Russo's have achieved their greatest success yet, with their latest opus hailed as the MCU's crown jewel and one of the best superhero efforts ever to reach the screen. Interestingly though, the overwhelming majority of fans never doubted the colossal project, but the writers did have some of their own. 

It's wise to assume that every single crew member involved in the production of Endgame is proud of what they have achieved, and of course, writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely are no exception. Yet, in conversation with The New York Times, they revealed pressing uncertainty surrounding one particular moment. 

The scene in question takes place during the battle of the final act in which the female heroes band together in one sweeping shot. "There was much conversation," admits McFeely. "Is that delightful or is it pandering? We went around and around on that. Ultimately we went, we like it too much."

The audience reaction so far has been wonderful, with some even declaring it as the film's highlights. There has long been an issue with representation in blockbuster cinema, but the MCU has gradually worked to overcome such obstacles and present a diverse array of heroes on the screen; this scene wholeheartedly celebrates this ideal. 

It's a powerful moment and honestly, there should be no issue with it. Perhaps the writers were nervous that the moment would feel forced, but instead, it simply felt inevitable. The MCU has been introducing strong female characters for years now, and it was only a matter of time before a moment like this surfaced to solidify their triumph.

By providing such a powerful image, the Endgame crew acknowledge that their audience deserves better. Thanks to the MCU, blockbuster representation is improving. 

In other news, will phase four finally deliver Mark Ruffalo's Hulk movie?

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