Russo Bros. Rejected Kevin Feige’s Pitch to Kill All Avengers

“Avengers: Endgame” killed off Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man and Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, however Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige initially wished a fair larger massacre. Filmmakers Anthony and Joe Russo lately confirmed on the “Glad Unhappy Confused” podcast that Feige pitched them on killing off all the unique Avengers, that means Chris Evans (Captain America), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Mark Ruffalo (Hulk) would’ve additionally met their demise.

“There have been plenty of rumors swirling about who was gonna die,” Joe Russo stated. “Kevin did really pitch, at one level, taking all of the OGs off the board. We thought it was method too aggressive and that the viewers wouldn’t be capable of course of it. And that, in reality, selecting one or two characters to make sacrifices all through the film would possibly offer you moments all through the movie the place the motion may cease and you may have emotional catharsis after which proceed with the narrative.”

The Russo Bros. received their want of killing off two characters, however even that call was met with some resistance. Anthony Russo lately instructed Self-importance Truthful that Jon Favreau contacted the duo and tried to persuade them to not kill off Iron Man. Favreau successfully kicked off the MCU by  directing “Iron Man” and “Iron Man 2,” and he stayed with the franchise by enjoying Glad Hogan in numerous entries.

“A part of the strain [not to kill Tony Stark] got here from Jon Favreau, who referred to as us up after he learn the script … and stated to us, ‘Are you actually going to kill Iron Man?’” Anthony Russo stated.

Joe Russo added, “He did. Yeah. And I keep in mind pacing on the nook of a stage on the cellphone with Favreau making an attempt to speak him off a ledge. As a result of he’s like, ‘You possibly can’t do that. It’s gonna devastate folks, and also you don’t need them, you recognize, strolling out of the theater and into visitors.’ We did it in any case.”

“Avengers: Endgame” is out there to stream on Disney+.

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