Avengers: Endgame was not just a superhero movie, it had an emotional arc with its audience. The movie proved to be the most emotional movie of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Endgame Directors Talk about an Emotional Scene.
Endgame showcases the finale of the first decade of the MCU with some very touching and highly devastating moments probably say the most devastating moments were the likes of Iron Man or Black Widow’s deaths. For co-director Joe Russo, though, the most tragic part of the movie happens right at the beginning.
The epic movie starts with a five-year jump after the Infinity War events. We witness Hawkeye enjoying a picnic with his family before he’s horror-stricken to find his loved ones turned to dust before his eyes. Russo told Empire that, as a father, this sequence is one of the few times in the film that’ll always make him well up. He must find it pretty powerful, then, given how many times Russo likely saw it while shooting and editing.
“I’ve got four kids, and it’s a very tragic scene to open the movie with. It’s one of the few scenes in the movie that actually makes me tear up when I watch it because I think about my own family. And then you think about what would happen to you, as a father. You’d become very self-destructive.”
It was earlier revealed that the tragic dusting of Clint Barton’s family was supposed to happen in Infinity War. However, it was ultimately decided that it’d be more effective as an opening to Endgame, to reintroduce Hawkeye to audiences and to remind them of how dire the stakes are. If even Russo gets weepy-eyed while watching, that proves the filmmakers made the right call here.
Few more changes made in Endgame
Talking about Clint Barton, we would have seen an alternate version of the Avengers: Endgame if Jeremy Renner’s hero was the one to die on Vormir instead of Natasha. It was that writers Markus and McFeely considered. But things changed with a female co-worker of the crew. She helped convince them that this was a powerful moment and sacrifice for Agent Romanoff to make and shouldn’t be given to Hawkeye instead.
“We had a version where [Hawkeye] went over,” McFeely said. “I remember specifically our visual effects supervisor Jen Underdahl was reading it going, ‘Don’t do that. Honor her choice.’ And we took it very seriously. Many of the women on the crew were passionate about giving her the hero moment – don’t take it away from her.”
The scene was originally supposed to appear at the end of Infinity War to show how the snap destroyed lives — even away from the battlefields. However, according to a previous comment by Joe Russo in a Facebook live event, they felt switching to Hawkeye — who was not in Infinity War. It would have been too confusing for viewers. So we were just shown what was best and it went highly praised by fans and showed how the snap destroyed everyone — even one of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.