Spiderman could have had a different ending, say Avengers Infinity War writers
The writers of Infinity War, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, answer some questions about the film in this interview
Setting aside the range of emotions you felt watching Avengers Infinity War, your head must be buzzing with a ton of questions. Like, why didn’t Tony and Steve Rogers have a scene together? Infinity War writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely who spoke to Yahoo Movies, revealed numerous script drafts which explored storylines that didn’t make the final cut and answered a few of our questions.
Captain America and Iron Man’s conflict
“Part of writing an Avengers movie is tearing out Robert's (Robert Downey Jr, who plays Iron Man) guts, emotionally,” said Christopher Markus. The idea that Tony and Steve Rogers had to get back in the same room together and deal with the conflict was a part of an initial wonky script but had to be scrapped for the big Thanos plot, they said. The film was to be propulsive about Thanos and what he represented to the Avengers and hence they decided there was no legit way to deal with the conflict. So now you know why the two never shared sceen space!
Spiderman could have had a different ending
Discussing Spiderman’s scenes, Markus and McFeely said they experimented with new and old pairings of the characters extensively. An earlier draft of the script explored Falcon going to space instead of Spiderman. “And it was fun, it was interesting, it’s always great to have those guys in various situations and there was a lot to do with them in both situations, but we weren’t getting as much emotion as we could if we brought them back to people who know them,” they said.
Tom Holland and Dave Bautista ad-libbed “those” lines
Spiderman’s heart breaking final moments was not all in the script - the writers reveal that Tom Holland ad-libbed the death scene where he clings to Tony. The script only said ‘I don’t feel so good,’ but Joe Russo said ‘Just go for it, you’re doing it in front of your de-facto uncle Tony Stark; we’re going to get stuff out of both of you.’”
Likewise, the script only said ‘Where is Gamora? I’ll do you one better, who is Gamora?’ but Bautista decided to simply say “I’ll do you one better, why is Gamora!!” which found its way into the film.
You will find out why Hawkeye and Antman were not in Infinity War in Avengers 4
The writers also answered the much questioned absence of Hawkeye and Antman - they were never going to be in Infinity War, deliberately done for story purposes. “Some people are better suited for the story that takes place in the second film. Steve and Natasha are more like that and certainly Hawkeye is like that. You will find out why,” they said.
Captain Marvel and the post credit scene
“It felt like the audience could use a little hope, but the tiniest bit of hope. It was also to make it clear that this event happened everywhere, not just to the Avengers, but to people on the street,” Markus and McFeely said about the post credit scene denoting Captain Marvel’s role in the film.