2020-05-18



Last night brought one of the best watch parties yet since the coronavirus pandemic quarantine began. Directors Anthony & Joe Russo and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely hopped online to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Avengers: Endgame by live-tweeting the entire movie. The filmmakers posted bits of trivia from the movie’s development, including alternate ideas and scenes, showed off photos and videos from behind the scenes, and cracked some solid jokes. So we’ve rounded up all the best bits from last night’s Avengers: Endgame watch party so you can be in the know.
This is Joe’s daughter, Ava, playing Lila Barton. AND @JeremyRenner’s actual daughter’s name is Ava, so spot on casting there… #AvengersAssemble pic.twitter.com/OqcxYFW6wa

— Russo Brothers (@Russo_Brothers) April 27, 2020



Antony & Joe Russo kicked things off with the opening scene, revealing that one of their kids played Hawkeye’s daughter.
We had whole drafts with Wanda on a road trip with Rocket, but after the Vision plot in Infinity War, nothing we came up with was anything but wheel spinning for her character. -CM #AvengersAssemble #QuarantineWatchParty https://t.co/JpMLTuHmWe

— ComicBook.com (@ComicBook) April 27, 2020



Christopher Markus gave a surprising answer to a fan question early on revealing that Wanda Maxmioff, AKA Scarlet Witch, almost survived the snap in Infinity War and went on a road trip (probably a space trip) with Rocket Raccoon.
Also a good time to mention (as we did last night) — originally, we'd introduced Smart Hulk at the end of IW. Which meant all these early scenes with "human Banner" had to be reshot. #QuarantineWatchParty #AvengersAssemble -SM

— ComicBook.com (@ComicBook) April 27, 2020



For the scenes where The Avengers seek out Thanos to undo The Snap, reshoots had to be done because Professor Hulk was originally slated to debut at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, which the writers confirmed during the Avengers: Infinity War watch party the night before.
This was @brielarson’s first day ever as Captain Marvel… And here’s a quick video of her greeting the cast for the first time. #AvengersAssemble pic.twitter.com/ewMLDqgVGk

— Russo Brothers (@Russo_Brothers) April 27, 2020



Anthony & Joe Russo shared a brief glimpse at Brie Larson arriving on the Avengers: Endgame set for the first time, meeting the rest of the cast before they went off to kill Thanos.
It was turned into the SHIELD lost and found? -CM #AvengersAssemble #QuarantineWatchParty https://t.co/qINSoWK3T8

— ComicBook.com (@ComicBook) April 27, 2020



However, writers didn’t seem to have a good answer as for how The Avengers got ahold of Captain Marvel’s pager.
Just what he wanted. #QuarantineWatchParty #AvengersAssemble -SM pic.twitter.com/2VcQYrBA0m

— ComicBook.com (@ComicBook) April 27, 2020



This image appears to be from the set of Avengers: Infinity War, but Stephen McFeely shared it last night, and it’s too good not to share. That’s Josh Brolin wearing a mocap suit and a big chest piece to stand-in as Thanos during the scene where Thor makes the mistake of not going for the head.
Tony’s lake house was on the same property that we shot the Wakanda Battle from #InfinityWar–it all went down a few hundred yards from here…#AvengersAssemble

— Russo Brothers (@Russo_Brothers) April 27, 2020



Tony Stark’s lake house is actually not too far from Wakanda, so they should have gotten their help right away.
We’ve got some more Russo family cameo’s here. That’s Joe’s daughter, Lia, Anth’s son, Julian, and our nephew, Augie. Lia loved the memes of her dabbing when this first came out… well, maybe love is a strong word… #AvengersAssemble pic.twitter.com/ggT5LBVE0M

— Russo Brothers (@Russo_Brothers) April 27, 2020



More cameos from the Russo family confirmed from the diner scene with Professor Hulk. Must be nice to be the kids of blockbuster directors who get to do what millions of fans can only dream of.
This diner scene is a lovely intro for Smart Hulk, but so was our loving tribute to Die Hard. Reginald Vel Johnson, ladies and gentlemen, REGINALD VEL JOHNSON. -CM #AvengersAssemble #QuarantineWatchParty pic.twitter.com/HEalw0RrFe

— ComicBook.com (@ComicBook) April 27, 2020



However, as a deleted sequence on the home video release of Avengers: Endgame has shown, there was almost a different scene introducing Professor Hulk, and you can get a glimpse behind the scenes above.
SECRET INFORMATION! #QuarantineWatchParty #AvengersAssemble -SM https://t.co/vx00eTQK4L

— ComicBook.com (@ComicBook) April 27, 2020



Emma Fuhrmann, who played teenage Cassie Lang, shared her script for Avengers: Endgame, which didn’t let her read anything except the scenes she was involved in.
Does anyone actually have the NoobMaster69 handle on #Fortnite? #AvengersAssemble pic.twitter.com/g7ivOiZA3C

— Russo Brothers (@Russo_Brothers) April 27, 2020



There’s a lot of mocap suits in this scene with Thor, Hulk, Korg and Miek, as well as a fat suit. Movie magic, everybody!
There was once a scene of Thor peeing off of a balcony in New Asgard to show how depraved he was… we realized he was already pretty depraved…#AvengersAssemble

— Russo Brothers (@Russo_Brothers) April 27, 2020



It turns out Thor was revealed to be a little more careless in a scene where he relieves himself, but the directors held back.
Our insanely talented crew transformed a street in Downtown ATL into Tokyo for this Oner…#AvengersAssemble pic.twitter.com/RoCOoBtEgX

— Russo Brothers (@Russo_Brothers) April 27, 2020



Here’s a glimpse of the set used for the Toyko scene with Hawkeye and Black Widow. It’s actually a street in downtown Atlanta that was entirely madeover for this one sequence. That’s pretty impressive.
The entire crew was OBSESSED with a local Georgian beer called Tropicalia. From an amazing brewery called @creaturebeer.  We had to sneak it into the movie… you’ll find it’s Thor’s drink of choice at the compound. #AvengersAssemble

— Russo Brothers (@Russo_Brothers) April 28, 2020



Sometimes product placement is just crass advertising, but in this case, the Avengers: Endgame crew went out of their way to feature a beer that they loved drinking during production.
It's a complex universe. -CM #AvengersAssemble #QuarantineWatchParty https://t.co/WsNEI6Qe48

— ComicBook.com (@ComicBook) April 28, 2020



It would appear that the actors who have played roles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe still exist as themselves.
First draft, we did not go back to Avengers 1…which was a mistake. #AvengersAssemble #QuarantineWatchParty -SM

— ComicBook.com (@ComicBook) April 28, 2020



Early drafts of Avengers: Endgame never went back to New York during the first Avengers movie. We can’t even imagine what Endgame would be like without that incredible sequence and everything that happens in it. We’re so glad Markus and McFeely figured that out.
Rebuilding a set from a pre-existing movie is pretty damn cool. Also getting to hang out with the same, amazing cast year after year is also pretty damn cool… #AvengersAssemble pic.twitter.com/az1m65p68O

— Russo Brothers (@Russo_Brothers) April 28, 2020



Here’s Anthony & Joe Russo with all of the original Avengers on the recreated Stark Tower set from The Avengers, as well as some mischievous adopted step-brother of a god.
The raccoon had notes, too. #AvengersAssemble #QuarantineWatchParty -SM https://t.co/rbs6HKj6lJ

— ComicBook.com (@ComicBook) April 28, 2020



Meanwhile, over in Asgard, Rocket Raccoon’s stand-in and Bro Thor are getting some notes on their next scene.
Nothing can accurately describe the overwhelming sense of awe you get when working with Robert Redford. The first time Joe’s daughter Ava (at 8 years old) met Robert, she ran up to him and said, “You’re that guy from the Sting movie!” #AvengersAssemble pic.twitter.com/RtbdwNoifD

— Russo Brothers (@Russo_Brothers) April 28, 2020



It’s increasingly rare to work with Robert Redford, so Anthony & Joe Russo documented it with Robert Downey Jr.
First draft it was. Huge sequence with a sea monster. Lots of action, very little emotion. #AvengersAssemble #QuarantineWatchParty -SM https://t.co/KOcjk2x3za

— ComicBook.com (@ComicBook) April 28, 2020



The sequence on Morag (where the Power Stone is located) almost turned out much differently by involving some kind of sea monster.
This was a very difficult scene for @karengillan. She had to lay on a platform 6ft in the air with her head tilted up for hours. A very cool and lovely human being. But let’s face it, all the Scots are cool…Here’s a model of the set. #AvengersAssemble pic.twitter.com/pvD2Npd3gX

— Russo Brothers (@Russo_Brothers) April 28, 2020



Everyone should give it up for Karen Gillan, who not only had to endure hours of make-up to play Nebula but found herself in a very uncomfortable position for this sequence in Avengers: Endgame.
For screenplay structure enthusiasts, the midpoint of Endgame is where Thanos figures it out. #AvengersAssemble #QuarantineWatchParty -SM

— ComicBook.com (@ComicBook) April 28, 2020



Oh, and here’s another little nerdy detail about this scene for those taking notes on blockbuster screenwriting.
Joe and Anth – why didn't we use this? @Russo_Brothers #AvengersAssemble #QuarantineWatchParty -SM pic.twitter.com/lvDJA2KAIG

— ComicBook.com (@ComicBook) April 28, 2020



Here’s an unused shot from the New York sequence where it appears the crew was able to make it so they could shoot scenes with Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark back in New York in 2012 along with future Tony Stark disguised as a SHIELD agent.
Here we are working with our cousin Rene Russo. Jk. She’s not our cousin, she’s our sister! #AvengersAssemble pic.twitter.com/44DOz7UDVB

— Russo Brothers (@Russo_Brothers) April 28, 2020



Meanwhile, everyone is having a laugh in Asgard, including Rene Russo as Frigga, Sean Gunn as Rocket Raccoon’s stand-in, and Bro Thor.
There was a reference to Rocket's genitals that, in retrospect, seems indulgent. -CM #AvengersAssemble #QuarantineWatchParty https://t.co/uwEWQ9K5kE

— ComicBook.com (@ComicBook) April 28, 2020



Perhaps they’re laughing about this presumably inappropriate line that ended up getting cut out of the movie.
She knows Gamora died there. She doesn't know about the "exchange." #AvengersAssemble #QuarantineWatchParty -SM https://t.co/i1ys0D67dT

— ComicBook.com (@ComicBook) April 28, 2020



If you’re wondering why Nebula never said anything about the “soul for a soul” exchange in order to get the Soul Stone, there’s an explanation for that from Stephen McFeely.
Early on in development talks we considered making Cap the soul stone… But that idea fell away rather quickly. #AvengersAssemble https://t.co/admPgFOM3c

— Russo Brothers (@Russo_Brothers) April 28, 2020



Oh, and in case you missed our full article on the matter, Captain America was almost the Soul Stone at one time.
"Everyone fails at who they're supposed to be." But then she tells him to be the man he's meant to be. How did we not catch that? It's things like this that keep me up at night. -CM #AvengersAssemble #QuarantineWatchParty

— ComicBook.com (@ComicBook) April 28, 2020



However, the writers can also admit when they’ve made a mistake, like this contradictory dialogue from Frigga.
BTS of Tony, Cap and Ant Man in NY…#AvengersAssemble pic.twitter.com/aZMLsOlp2p

— Russo Brothers (@Russo_Brothers) April 28, 2020



After the New York heist goes wrong, Tony and Steve have to figure something else out, and here’s a glimpse behind the scenes of that sequence being shot, with Paul Rudd as Ant-Man just off-camera.
A monumental day. And that Steppenwolf song was in the script from the first draft. -CM #AvengersAssemble #QuarantineWatchParty pic.twitter.com/cCIqNzleGj

— ComicBook.com (@ComicBook) April 28, 2020



That brings us to the opening scene of our next trip back in time, featuring one of the best cameos from Stan Lee.
C. Markus, duplicitous SHIELD Agent, 1970. Brought his own wardrobe. #AvengersAssemble #QuarantineWatchParty -SM pic.twitter.com/CyCIyt3RAQ

— ComicBook.com (@ComicBook) April 28, 2020



This trip back in time is also where Christopher Markus made a background cameo as a SHIELD agent.
Frank Castle. #AvengersAssemble https://t.co/5LDmQ9JKFK

— Russo Brothers (@Russo_Brothers) April 28, 2020



Once all The Avengers are back from their time heist, they have to deal with the fact that Natasha Romanoff is gone. Hulk is particularly distressed, and in his frustration, the Russo Brothers confirmed that he accidentally killed The Punisher. Sad.
We have thirty glorious minutes of improv of @DonCheadle destroying Thor after his veins tee up…What do you guys think some of those zingers were? Also, check out Don in @SHOBlackMonday. He’s f**king hilarious. #AvengersAssemble

— Russo Brothers (@Russo_Brothers) April 28, 2020



Before the world-saving snap is done by Hulk, Thor desperately tries to be the hero. Apparently the Russo Brothers let Don Cheadle rip on Chris Hemsworth for 30 minutes during production, and we really want to see that footage.
We did write one, a conversation between Hulk and Banner, but it didn't make it to camera. Ruffalo showed up but Hulk wouldn't come out of his trailer. -CM #AvengersAssemble #QuarantineWatchParty https://t.co/SudT0uC6aO

— ComicBook.com (@ComicBook) April 28, 2020



Speaking of Hulk saving the day, there was almost a conversation that happened between Hulk and Bruce Banner in the same way that Thanos has a conversation with young Gamora, and Iron Man had with his teenage daughter in a deleted scene.
It was early in development when we let him know he was going to pick up the hammer… needless to say he was psyched. The crew on these films are filled with comic book lovers, so you can guess how excited everyone was the day we filmed this. #AvengersAssemble https://t.co/X2uJl5vohN

— Russo Brothers (@Russo_Brothers) April 28, 2020



Chris Evans had to keep a big Avengers: Endgame secret for a long time. He was told early in the development process that Captain America was going to wield Thor’s hammer, one of the best moments in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe.
This was the last piece of score delivered on the film. @SilvestriMusic’s breathtaking Portals cue. We all teared up when we saw it put to picture… #AvengersAssemble

— Russo Brothers (@Russo_Brothers) April 28, 2020



It seems appropriate that the scene with all the heroes returning from the dead featured the last bit of music turned in by composer Alan Silvestri. That music cue makes the scene all the more powerful. There were very few dry eyes in the house when everyone came back.
This is from @ChrisEvans’s last day of playing Captain America, ever. Much love and respect to you sir. What an amazing run. #AvengersAssemble pic.twitter.com/LreTlM2JrZ

— Russo Brothers (@Russo_Brothers) April 28, 2020



Anthony & Joe Russo shared this heartfelt farewell to Chris Evans on his last day of playing Captain America, which ended up being a scene from the final battle rather than his return as old man Steve Rogers.
Not sure you can see, but the idea was that Scott Lang ended up in the armor room – so he saw the armor there before he rescued them, then grabbed it on the way to the surface. #AvengersAssemble #QuarantineWatchParty -SM https://t.co/xT4JsQTHI1

— ComicBook.com (@ComicBook) April 28, 2020


Scott wakes up in the armor room. He shrinks one down and brings it to Rhodey. There used to be a shot of it in the background. -CM #AvengersAssemble #QuarantineWatchParty https://t.co/43R1zzDxex

— ComicBook.com (@ComicBook) April 28, 2020



It wouldn’t be a watch party if someone didn’t have a nitpicking question about the final battle. For anyone who wondered how Rhodey got his hands on the new Iron Patriot armor after being stuck under the rubble of Avengers headquarters, here’s how it happened.
Sssh. #AvengersAssemble #QuarantineWatchParty -SM https://t.co/ITwb0CbYzX

— ComicBook.com (@ComicBook) April 28, 2020



However, not everything is so easily explained. Fans have noticed that shortly after Ant-Man shrinks down to normal size to hot wire the van with the quantum realm portal inside it, Giant-Man can be spotted still battling Thanos’ army. It appears the filmmakers know about this mistake, and Stephen McFeely just wants us to move on and not worry about it.
This is called an “element shoot”… poor van… #AvengersAssemble pic.twitter.com/fEephYkest

— Russo Brothers (@Russo_Brothers) April 28, 2020



Speaking of that van, here’s how they shoot it blowing up so they can use that element in post-production and add everything else happening around it.
Downey’s last day on set after shooting the “I am Iron Man” moment. The very definition of a legend. We love this man 3000. @RobertDowneyJr #AvengersAssemble pic.twitter.com/wIiQ5AwsDJ

— Russo Brothers (@Russo_Brothers) April 28, 2020



All right, back to the emotional stuff as Anthony & Joe Russo shared this video from Robert Downey Jr.’s final day of shooting. In a rare occurrence, Downey’s final scene ended up being his death scene, which is a big reason why his production wrap is that much more emotional.
We tried a few things. We could never land on one that felt good enough (and that didn't take you out of the moment in front of you). #AvengersAssemble #QuarantineWatchParty -SM https://t.co/5kEs9iySh1

— ComicBook.com (@ComicBook) April 28, 2020



Tony Stark certainly gets a lot of the glory for sacrificing himself to save the world. But so did Natasha Romanoff, and a lot of fans were upset that she didn’t really get her due diligence with a funeral or some kind of memorial service. Stephen McFeely said they tried to give her more, but it never felt like it was good enough.
It's…awkward. -CM #AvengersAssemble #QuarantineWatchParty https://t.co/oYbFZNS4Nr

— ComicBook.com (@ComicBook) April 28, 2020



As the movie starts to wrap up, one fan was wondering how Captain America returned the Aether to Jane Foster’s body back on Asgard in Thor: The Dark World. There’s no detailed answer, but Christopher Markus seems to know more than he lets on.
See…he’s not that old…@ChrisEvans #AvengersAssemble pic.twitter.com/8yBoGUp9Zr

— Russo Brothers (@Russo_Brothers) April 28, 2020



Steve Rogers may look like he’s too old, but this behind the scenes video would seem to indicate that there’s still plenty of life left in the old man.
That red hat… -CM #AvengersAssemble #QuarantineWatchParty pic.twitter.com/NZilaxk6kh

— ComicBook.com (@ComicBook) April 28, 2020



As Steve Rogers finally gets the happy ending that’s eluded him all these years, a small tribute to Agent Carter sits on the set where he and Peggy Carter finally get to share that dance and another kiss, the first of many more.
Captured on Joe’s iPhone when we snuck into the Regency Village Theater at UCLA on opening night. This is the scene where we teared up. Thank you… #AvengersAssemble

— Russo Brothers (@Russo_Brothers) April 28, 2020



Anthony & Joe Russo wrapped things up by sharing this video that they (illegally) recorded themselves at an opening night showing of Avengers: Endgame, where the crowd went absolutely bonkers when all the superheroes returned through Doctor Strange’s portals. Man, we wish that we could go back to that moment right now, but without the coronavirus obviously.
Thank you all for joining us in our watch party of #Endgame. It was an amazing trip down memory lane… keep sharing your #Endgame memories with us and each other. Much love. #AvengersAssemble

— Russo Brothers (@Russo_Brothers) April 28, 2020



So there you have it. Hopefully that brought some joy to your day during these maddening times.

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