Avengers: Infinity War is undoubtedly a film with many moving parts. It’s the kind of pic that hits the ground running and doesn’t let up, leaving you utterly breathless by the time the eerily silent credits fade into view.
So when the time comes to peel back Infinity War‘s many layers, it’s small wonder why Marvel fans are beginning to stand up and take notice, as co-writers Christoper Markus and Stephen McFeely detail early story drafts, the Netflix character roster and one Clint Barton – or lack thereof.
In fact, Collider was on-hand to quiz Markus and McFeely about the additional content that was ultimately cut from Infinity War, including an extended scene between Tony Stark and Pepper Potts.
We shot an entirely different, I’m being serious, [scene]. We shot an unbelievably long version of Tony and Pepper in the park that featured cameos and it was sort of Robert [Downey Jr.] and his friends’ day at the park. Went a little crazy and then when we turned the camera off…
Those comments from Markus surely confirm that Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) made a brief appearance, potentially to ease the tension between the MCU’s newly-married couple.
In closing, Christopher Markus added that the initial scene “got kind of out of control” and didn’t contribute to the plot in any way, shape or form.
It got kind of out of control. It was off-plot entirely so we went back and we wrote one that was in a different place, that was much more tonally on plot, took place in a different place. It was Tony and Pepper. We shot it and it was kind of lovely but it got you off on the wrong foot with Tony. It was like he knew the movie was about to happen. So, we went back down to an edited down version of that park scene. I have vivid memories of shooting and writing that scene you’ll never see, or maybe, you never know…
Marvel’s Infinity War is still playing across theaters worldwide, and is well on its way to a historic $2 billion cume.