Kevin Feige Originally Wanted to End the Big Three in ‘Avengers: Endgame’
There is no understating the massive impact that the MCU’s conclusive episode of the Infinity Saga was, and with it already causing a lot of emotional turmoil to viewers, it could have been a lot more, as Kevin Feige originally wanted to end the big three in Avengers: Endgame
No matter how your want to categorize it, Avengers: Endgame is clearly among the greatest achievements in the history of the film industry; being both a critical and commercial success, while doing the impossible, and connecting over a decade with various film franchises.
The film took some of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most beloved characters through some of the most intense moments, in which many of them didn’t see the end; leading to the film is an emotional journey as much as it was a revolutionary and action-packed one.
Although some of the film deaths were terribly sad at the moment, each one felt earned and appropriate for the individual narratives, and it turns out that- had plans gone the way they originally thought- there would have been more deaths for fans to have to work through.
In a recent interview, reported by ComicBook.com, The Russo brothers discussed how Kevin Feige originally wanted to end the big three in Avengers: Endgame; with the film seeing the deaths of Iron Man, Captian America, and Thor.
The Russo brothers stated, “That’s the stakes of the movie right? We knew the audience felt that way. We were acutely aware coming off of Infinity War that we put them in a position where they felt like nobody was safe, and there was a lot of rumors swirling about who was going to die.”
“Kevin did actually pitch at one point taking all the OG’s off the board,” the duo continued, “we thought it was way too aggressive and that the audience wouldn’t be able to process it,”
The Russo brothers added, “And that in fact picking one of two characters to make sacrifices throughout the movie might give you moments throughout the film where the action could stop and you could have emotional catharsis ad then continue with the narrative, and then add more emotional catharsis.”
It is interesting that the original planning process of the movie had Kevin Feige contemplate ending those very important characters, and it would be interesting to ponder how the Marvel universe would move forward without a character like Thor.