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Why Avengers: Endgame Fans Are Upset By That Unfinished Hulk Scene

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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.

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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."

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.

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.

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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.

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