One moment from Avengers: Endgame‘s grand climax that’s been discussed at length is the scene where every heroine taking part in the battle against Thanos teams up with Captain Marvel to guide the Infinity Gauntlet across the battlefield. You all know how it goes. Spider-Man hands the glove over to Carol Danvers, commenting that he thinks she won’t be able to make it without help. Cue Okoye appearing at her side to say: “She’s got help.”
Seeing as this awesome shot brings so many great characters together, it’s interesting to note that one of them wasn’t actually there on the day and had to be digitally inserted into the scene in post-production. While all the actresses taking part in the sequence were there in real-life, it was Tom Holland who wasn’t available.
In a recent interview with CinemaBlend, WETA effects adviser Matt Aiken explained how his team put it all together, saying:
“The only person who wasn’t able to be there on that day was Tom Holland, and Spidey has to hand the Gauntlet off to Captain Marvel at the start of that shot, so we had a stand-in for Spidey and we ended up filming him with a kind of faux-motion control rig a couple of weeks later when Tom Holland became available, and we tracked him into that shot and popped him in.”
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The all-female team-up moment – what’s being called the A-Force scene, after the group of heroines from the comics – has received both applause from fans who loved seeing all of the MCU’s best female characters together but also derision from those who felt it was mere pandering and unearned.
Writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have revealed that they were aware that it could be construed as pandering, but felt they had to include the scene as they saw it meant so much to the cast and crew on the day it was filmed. It sounds like an amazing moment to be a part of, too, so it’s a shame Tom Holland missed out on it.
Which side of the argument do you fall on though? Are you a fan of the A-Force scene in Avengers: Endgame? Let us know in the comments section below.