‘Avengers’ Writers On Scenes That Weren’t Shot & James Gunn’s Change

In a recent interview, Avengers: Infinity War writers discussed scenes that weren't shot from the script and the thing James Gunn changed.

After the traumatic ending to Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War, fans are still trying to recover from it. Never has a film ending had a tragic body count in such a time span in that regard, except the only comparison to spring to mind is Martin Scorsese’s The Departed. Was it that traumatizing? Most of us would agree.

Not only were the fates of our heroes too much to bear, but now, writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely sat down with Backstory Magazine for an interview in regards to all the scenes that didn’t make the final cut into the picture. Leaving us with what could’ve been, ranging from flashback scenes of Thanos; facing rejection from his fellow Titans on his home planet; how the Black Order came to be; and a different opening scene with Tony and Pepper that never saw the light of day.

Captain America, Falcon, and Black Widow as a trio kicked butt together, but supposedly there were some more action-packed throwdowns that got scrapped from the script according to Markus:

“We had a couple of really cool versions of an action sequence illustrating what Steve, Natasha, and Falcon – basically the Secret Avengers – have been up to. They kicked a lot of ass and it was brutal.”

Taking the reigns of Guardians of the Galaxy and keeping it in the same tone that director James Gunn created was a challenging task. McFeely explained that’s why they consulted with Gunn in regards to dialogue and Star-Lord’s ill-fated choice to the life or death of Gamora:

“The only change [James] really went deep on and we had more than one conversation about was the decision by Star-Lord to shoot Gamora and then bubbles come out obviously. So we wrestled with, ‘Would it be interesting if Star-Lord could not bring himself to fulfill his promise and kill the woman he loves?’ It’s not a traditional hero arc. We were trying to get to a failure [moment] because his love for her outweighed his duty in some ways. And Gunn and Pratt were really adamant that he would do it. So we did it, and of course, it didn’t hurt our story to do it, because it’s not gonna work.”

Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Infinity War stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Danai Gurira, Peter Dinklage, Benedict Wong, Pom Klementieff, Karen Gillan, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, and Chris Pratt.

An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time. The Avengers and their Super Hero allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.

Avengers: Infinity War is now playing in theaters!

Source: Backstory (via The Playlist)