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Kevin Feige’s Initial Pitch for ‘Avengers- Endgame’

By Gavin Mason

If you have seen Endgame then you would know the film killed off Tony Stark/Iron Man and Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow rather than all six, but codirector Joe Russo said that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige initially wanted the original six Avengers to die in the movie. Kevin’s initial pitch was that it was ‘Toy Story 3’ as far as a ‘they’re all going to jump into a furnace together’ concept,” Russo said in a new behind-the-scenes book called “The Story of Marvel Studios: The Making of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’ by Tara Bennett and Paul Terry.

According to the book authors, directors Jo and Anthony Russo pushed back against Feige’s concept because the storyline would not celebrate the beloved superheroes. It would also be difficult for Marvel fans to process that volume of those character losses. "Endgame,” released in 2019, was a cinematic masterpiece of over a decade of films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It also finished out the Infinity Stone saga, which featured the Mad Titan known as Thanos (Josh Brolin) as the overall antagonist.

In “The Story of Marvel Studios,” Joe said that they “easily could have killed Cap because that’s the expectation.” “He is a very selfless character who would be the first one to take a bullet for anyone,” the director said. “And we talked about Cap and Tony dying together.” Even though Natasha was killed off, Johansson reprised the role for a standalone “Black Widow” film that was released in July and set between the events of “Captain America: Civil War” and “Avengers: Infinity War.


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