Today brought the shocking but welcome news that Marvel will be re-releasing Avengers: Endgame next weekend with extra footage included. After we initially thought of it as an extended edition, this was quickly corrected and we learned that the new version would only add a handful of minutes to the runtime. Now, we know at least one thing we can look forward to seeing: a tribute to the late, legendary Stan Lee.
This news comes thanks to the listing for the Endgame release on the website for theater chain Cinemark. Here’s their description of the movie:
“After the events of Infinity War, the universe is in ruins. The Avengers assemble once more in order to undo Thanos’ actions and restore order to the universe. Includes 7 minutes of bonus content & Stan Lee tribute.”
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Lee passed away back in November, with Captain Marvel – the first MCU movie to be released following his death – opening with a special tribute to the Marvel creator. The usual Marvel Studios fanfare was given a revamp to showcase Stan’s many beloved cameos and as for Avengers: Endgame, that featured another special moment to honor the great man: his final cameo in the franchise, which de-aged him 40 years for a flashback scene.
As for this re-release, it sounds like the new footage won’t be filtered into the bulk of the movie but instead, be dispersed in the credits, thereby finally giving Endgame some post-credits sequences. We’ve been told this by Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige himself. When he announced the refreshed cut to the press, he revealed: “If you stay and watch the movie, after the credits, there’ll be a deleted scene, a little tribute, and a few surprises.”
Marvel will be hoping this re-release boots Avengers: Endgame‘s box office just enough for it to top Avatar as history’s highest-grossing movie ever. But tell us, will you help to make that happen by checking out these additional seven minutes? Join the conversation in the comments section below.