As we learned from Avengers: Endgame, there are a multitude of different timelines out there, in which events played out similarly yet differently to our own. Well, the same thing goes for the movie itself, as Marvel junked many ideas for the big event film early on in the process – ideas that could’ve totally changed the story, in many cases.
We’ve now learned about a new one, thanks to co-writer Christopher Markus. ScreenRant caught up with Markus and Stephen McFeely at Comic-Con and asked them about early ideas for Endgame that didn’t make it into the final product. Markus revealed that there were many more “boring” subplots that got removed and one involved Scarlet Witch and Rocket going on a road trip.
“There weren’t terribly outrageous ones, there were a lot more boring ones. You can go to the Triskellion – it’s a building… There was an iteration where Wanda was alive, she hadn’t been blipped… Wanda and Rocket drove a car from the Triskellion to Doctor Strange’s house, then used the doorway to go to Kamar Taj and get [the Stone].”
While seeing Wanda and Rocket together, thereby giving us yet another odd couple crossover, might’ve been fun, a car journey like this would have undoubtedly changed the pace of Endgame, and probably not for the better. Markus went on to say this is exactly the reason why it never made it into the movie.
“It was like “really? We’re putting in a cross, inter-state car journey in this fast-paced action movie?.” Athen wiser heads prevailed.”
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It’s also interesting to note that Wanda survived the Snap in initial drafts of the storyline. Not that Scarlet Witch was too short-changed in the finished version, as she got to give Thanos her all in the big climactic battle and shared a touching scene with Hawkeye over their shared losses at Tony Stark’s funeral.
Phase 4 will also be very Wanda-centric. Not only will she be getting her own Disney Plus series in WandaVision, but the surviving Maximoff twin will also return for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. We’ll have to wait a while for more Rocket, however, as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has yet to be given a release date.