The opening to Avengers: Endgame, in which the cast of superheroes goes and kills Thanos, had to be completely reshot after Marvel decided to introduce “Smart Hulk” later in the series, at the last minute.
According to Marvel screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, Smart Hulk was originally set to be introduced in Avengers: Infinity War, but the story was changed during the editing process.
Markus and McFeely revealed the information during a recent screening of Endgame at the Writer’s Guild Theater in Beverly Hills, California, which was followed by a question and answer session. Marvel Movie News’ Christian Bladt attended the screening and was shocked at the news.
In the original Infinity War script, Bruce Banner faced off against Hulk in the arena from Thor: Ragnorok, which resulted in the introduction of Professor Hulk near the end of Infinity War. This would have meant Smart Hulk would have been present for the entirety of Endgame.
During the editing for Infinity War, the script was changed and the fight scene was cut from the movie. The only problem: Infinity War and Endgame were filmed at the same time and the opening for Endgame had already been shot with Smart Hulk! To accommodate the switch, the opening scene from Endgame was reshot with regular Hulk, and then Smart Hulk was brought in later in the movie.
Infinity War was released on April 27th, 2018 while Endgame was released almost exactly one year later on April 26th. The latter now holds the record for highest grossing film ever at the box office, currently at $2.796 billion, breaking the longstanding record held by Avatar.
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