With the release of Avengers: Endgame having long since passed, crew members from the production are finally able to discuss which ideas and scenes were cut from the epic final battle. Specifically, executive producer Trihn Tran and editor Jeff Ford revealed how the heartwarming reunion between Peter Parker and Tony Stark came to be.
"We knew that was going to be a tearjerker because of what happened in Infinity War," Tran told Slash Film. "We shot that initially, and then we filmed it again during additional photography because we wanted to make sure that we captured the emotion between them. There was a different version where there were a lot more characters involved in that moment, and it just felt like it should just be the two of them."
"The first time we shot it, Peter and Tony reunite and Pepper’s nearby, and Tony goes, 'Uh, Peter, do you know Pepper?' 'Nice to meet you!'" Ford added. "It’s one of those crazy meet-cutes in the middle of a fight. He hugs him and they have this thing, but it felt very incidental like they ran into each other at an airport or something. We watched it, and they were both great in the scene, but it was like a comedy scene, so it had this schtick quality to it. By the way, we did not yet know how powerful Peter disappearing was [in Infinity War] when we shot that first version. We had shot it, I think, but we hadn’t tested it, we hadn’t lived with it and actually done the [effect] of [him] going away, so when the audience had that reaction, we’re like, this reunion is different now. It’s a different thing."
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Don Cheadle as War Machine, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Danai Gurira as Okoye, and Bradley Cooper as Rocket, with Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Benedict Wong as Wong, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, and Josh Brolin as Thanos. The film is now available on Digital HD, Blu-ray and 4K UHD.