Avengers: Endgame Writers Explain Why The All-Female Team-Up Scene Had To Happen

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Something that’s already become one of social media’s most GIF-able moments from Avengers: Endgame is the awesome scene where the women of the Marvel Cinematic Universe come together during the grand final battle against Thanos and his forces. When Spider-Man hands the Infinity Gauntlet over to Captain Marvel, he wonders how she’s going to get across the battlefield without help. Cue every heroine in the MCU appearing to come to her aid.

Sure, it might not make a lot of sense that all of the women in this fight would happen to be in the same part of battle, but you can’t deny that it’s a punch-the-air moment. While speaking to The New York Times, screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely were asked why they had to put this scene in the movie and they revealed that they kept changing their minds about whether it was warranted, but ultimately liked it too much to remove it.

McFEELY: There was much conversation. Is that delightful or is it pandering? We went around and around on that. Ultimately we went, we like it too much.

MARKUS: Part of the fun of the “Avengers” movies has always been team-ups. Marvel has been amassing this huge roster of characters. You’ve got crazy aliens. You’ve got that many badass women. You’ve got three or four people in Iron Man suits.

Of course, there’ve been some dissenters online who felt the scene was pandering, but Markus makes a good point that the Avengers films are full of team-ups of various characters. These have been mostly male-dominated though, with maybe one or two women in the mix. True, we got a similar moment in the climax of Avengers: Infinity War, but this Avengers: Endgame edition of it was still sorely needed.

Many will be hoping it’s teasing an all-female team-up movie to come as well. This has been a preoccupation of some fans since Valkyrie actress Tessa Thompson was revealed to have pitched the idea to Marvel president Kevin Feige on the set of this very film. We haven’t heard anything official just yet, but we can hope, now that Captain Marvel‘s arrived and went down a storm, that Feige’s open to the notion.