We might not all remember the shock and horror we felt at the end of Avengers: Infinity War when the majority of our beloved characters were turned to dust by Thanos, but in the moment it was a harrowing cliffhanger. And according to screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the original script for Infinity War was even more brutal.
In a recent interview with IGN, Markus and McFeely recall a specific scene that included an odd, gruesome moment which lent some grit to the movie, but which was ultimately cut as Marvel boss Kevin Feige thought it went “too far.”
“There was one scene, it was in Infinity War,” Markus said. “We wrote it, we didn’t shoot it. It was part and parcel of a whole thing where we realized we were picking up the characters too early in their arc before Thanos had gotten to them. It was a scene of basically Widow and Falcon and Cap in hiding, post-Civil War, and they’d just been through a big fight with criminals, and Cap was eating mashed potatoes, and Falcon says ‘You’re bleeding into your mashed potatoes.’ He looks at him like…yeah he is bleeding into his mashed potatoes. I remember Kevin [Feige] going ‘He’s bleeding into his mashed potatoes?! I don’t want to see that!’ Yeah, maybe we went a little too…something.”
Other scenes and plot points cut from the Infinity War / Endgame two-parter include a subplot where Thanos goes back in time to cut off Cap’s head, a magical tour courtesy of Doctor Strange, and a scene exploring exactly how Professor Hulk came into existence. Some of these ideas would have drastically altered the narrative and tone of the movies, while others would have simply added to their already lengthy running times.
So while Markus and McFeely should be applauded for their commitment to character moments, both bloodied and otherwise, we’re with Kevin Feige; we probably didn’t need to see that.