Russos Explain Why They Cut Tony Stark's Death Scene from Avengers: Endgame

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Even when a film as large as Avengers: Endgame has the freedom of an unusually lengthy runtime, certain things have to be cut. The home release of Marvel Studios' franchise climax provided viewers with several deleted scenes, some of which bore no real significance. Others, however, such as Tony Stark's complete death scene, allowed just a little more insight into some of the superheroes in the film's sizable cast.

Said scene, which featured all the Avengers and their allies kneeling in respect, was ultimately removed from the final film, leading fans who saw it when it was recently released to ask a simple question: Why? In a Reddit AMA, directors Joe and Anthony Russo explained the decision, beginning by acknowledging its emotional impact. "We found the Avengers kneeling scene incredibly emotional as well," they said, "but when played in the run of the film, it felt incredibly similar to the moment when all of the heroes stood on the shore at Tony's funeral, paying their respects to him outside his home."

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"The two scenes, when in the film together, seemed to fight one another, and created a repetitious ending," which the Russos felt would have stolen from the dramatic potential either one of them possessed. Ultimately, it was a wise decision, as many of the commenters seem to agree.

Of course, the deleted scene doesn't just reveal some of the reactions Stark's allies had to his passing, it also provided an answer to a major question some fans had about the fate of Gamora. It shows her quietly sneaking away from the site of the battle as the others pay their respects, which explains why she did not appear with the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy the the film's close.

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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. The film is now available on Digital HD and arrives Aug. 13 on Blu-ray and 4K UHD.

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