WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for the re-release of Avengers: Endgame, in theaters now.
Marvel Studios re-released Avengers: Endgame in theaters on Friday with additional content, including an introduction by Anthony Russo, a Stan Lee tribute, a sneak peek at Spider-Man: Far From Home, and an unfinished deleted scene, the latter of which in particular had some fans excited. At least initially.
The scene depicts Mark Ruffalo's "Professor Hulk" saving people from a burning building before he receives a phone call from Steve Rogers. The sequence would have fallen between Tony Stark's rejection of the request for help by Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanoff and Scott Lang in the time heist, and their meeting in the breakfast diner with Hulk. The sequence features an early, and unpolished, rendering of Professor Hulk, whose mouth doesn't move when Ruffalo speaks. That's led some fans to express their displeasure with the scene on Twitter.
One Twitter user complained that the rendering resembles Hulk from a 2003 video game, while another compared Marvel theatrically releasing the unfinished deleted scene to Henry Cavill's MustacheGate in 2017's Justice League. A third user referred to the early rendering as a Shrek Xenoverse mod, while a fourth expressed frustration that Marvel Studios isn't receiving the backlash Warner Bros. would had they released an unfinished scene in a DC Extended Universe film. A fifth user expressed that "never has a thing been so deserving of a slow death."
i'm laughing so hard at the fact that hulk was half edited in the endgame re-release post credit scene. god forbid wb release dc content half edited like that, we'd never hear the end of it.— tricia | krypton lovebot (@nyssavex) June 30, 2019
I want him to burn. It’s what he deserves for all the pain he has caused me. Never has a thing been so deserving of a slow death, I need him to know that everyone hates him. He’s so unholy I’ve started to believe in god.— Thanos’ bitch (@Alytthompson) June 30, 2019
His name you ask ?
Unfinished CGI professor hulk. pic.twitter.com/BmNVpMdp7K
While much of the vitriol surrounding the deleted scene has centered about the rendering of Professor Hulk, other fans have critiqued the scene for not being worth the return trip to the theaters.
Wait but why did the endgame post credits scene even exist? I mean yeah it's cool and all and I know ya'll are working on Spiderman, but like I didnt want to see a half finished cgi sequence of Hulk saving some kids.... At least we got this new meme pic.twitter.com/6Fiv0e6CV5— Decidueye | bye etika (@Decidueye56) July 1, 2019
It really shouldn't come as a surprise that a deleted scene was left unfinished, however. It's not as though such sequences included on home releases feature fully polished renderings either. More often than not these scenes are eliminated early in post-production, so there's no real point to spending millions of dollars completing the CG work. That's the important thing to note with the re-release of Avengers: Endgame.
When James Cameron's Avatar was re-released in theaters in 2010, it included an additional nine minutes of footage within the movie itself, and acted as more of an extended edition. It also cost $9 million to complete the CG for those minutes.
The re-release of Endgame was never billed as an extended cut or a director's cut, nor did it feature any changes to the film itself. It's perhaps unfair to expect Marvel Studios to fork out the cash to complete a deleted scene that won't ever be included in an actual cut of the film.
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 Pepper Potts, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Benedict Wong as Wong, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie and Josh Brolin as Thanos.