With nearly $2 billion at the worldwide box office thus far, it’s safe to say a lot of people have seen Avengers: Infinity War. Now, nearly a month after its release, the writers of the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, along with its follow up Avengers 4, are tackling some very important questions.
Naturally, they aren’t getting into spoiler territory when it comes to the next Avengers adventure. After all, with so many superheroes turned to dust by Thanos (Josh Brolin), even the smallest tidbit about what’s to come could give away far too much. Screenwriters Stephen McFeeley and Christopher Markus did have plenty to share about Infinity War on a wide-ranging interview with Collider, though. Here are just a few of the juiciest bits.
Where was Sharon Carter?
After the role she played in Captain America: Civil War, many fans were surprised Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) didn’t appear in Infinity War. However, as Markus reveals, that wasn’t always the case. “She was in previous drafts [of the script],” he admits.
“Sharon Carter was a victim of what we came to realize as we were writing it, which was if you are writing scenes that set up people before the story has gotten to them, such as Steve and Sharon trying to make it work in an apartment, they’re gonna go because the movie does not have time to catch up to previously on the life of Steve Rogers,” the screenwriter elaborates. Truthfully, he’s not wrong. Infinity War was already packed to the brim with story and characters. Setting time aside to deal with the personal lives of the characters, for the most part, would have been a distraction.
What about Hawkeye?
The question of Hawkeye’s (Jeremy Renner) involvement in Infinity War has been one fans obsessed about. In the end, he didn’t appear in the film at all, though there was a mention that he cut a deal with the government to go home. Was that always the case, though?
According to McFeeley, the archer was never going to appear in the film. “We’ve said this before. Some characters have great stories in the second movie,” he explains. “We also gave ourselves permission to tell complete arcs for the characters.”
Sorry, Hawkeye fans.
Is Avengers 4 even done?
It turns out, filming on the fourth Avengers movie is not complete yet. Reshoots and pickups are scheduled to film in September. However, the writers aren’t revealing how much more shooting is needed or who will be involved.
How are they including Captain Marvel?
Avengers 4 is in a tricky position–and it’s one they’ve never been in. Though the standalone Captain Marvel will hit theaters first, star Brie Larson filmed her scenes as the superhero in the next Avengers film before her solo movie started production.
“We were in the same position as we were with Spider-Man and [Black] Panther, where Brie was going to have to shoot her scenes before she shot Captain Marvel,” McFeeley says. “We’re trying to set up something that will work for our movie that won’t screw up their movie.”
Of course, the major difference is while Civil War introduces fans to Spider-Man and Black Panther, that will not be the case for Captain Marvel, whose standalone film releases on March 6, 2019–nearly two months before Avengers 4.
There have to be deleted scenes, right?
There was a bunch of stuff cut from the film, though the writers are careful not to reveal much. Some of it could wind up being used in Avengers 4, while other bits will be included in the home release of Infinity War.
However, Markus does have one moment to share. “We shot an unbelievably long version of Tony and Pepper in the park that features cameos,” he says. “It was sort of Robert and his friends’ day at the park.” According to the writers, the scene featured several MCU characters showing up, as well as Infinity War co-director Joe Russo. “It got kind of out of control and was off-plot entirely,” Markus admits.
Hopefully, that winds up on the Blu-ray.