Directors Joe and Anthony Russo revealed a cut joke involving Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man during the audio commentary for Avengers: Endgame.
Five years after our heroes learned there was no way to reverse Thanos’ decimation, Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man escaped from the Quantum Realm and revealed a potential way of traveling back in time to retrieve the Infinity Stone before they were destroyed by the Mad Titan. Of course, before embarking on the time heist, the team had to test their equipment to ensure safe travel and Hawkeye volunteered himself to take part in the trial run.
It was after Hawkeye returns from his brief journey to the past that directors Anthony and Joe Russo’s commentary for Avengers: Endgame turned to a cut joke by Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man. As Joe Russo explains, the joke would have had Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man offer an orange slice to his Avengers teammates after Hawkeye returns to the present:
“I thought he was gonna talk the orange slice joke that we cut out at the end of it [the Hawkeye return from time travel scene]. […] Where Rudd is holding an orange slice and says ‘Anybody want an orange slice?”
The joke would have been a callback to the moment in Captain America: Civil War where Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man asked if anyone has orange slices following his defeat in battle.
Here is the official synopsis for Avengers: Endgame:
The grave course of events set in motion by Thanos that wiped out half the universe and fractured the Avengers ranks compels the remaining Avengers to take one final stand in Marvel Studios’ grand conclusion to twenty-two films, “Avengers: Endgame.”
Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, Avengers:Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Benedict Wong, Jon Favreau, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Josh Brolin.
Avengers: Endgame is now available on Digital HD and will be released on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD on August 13.