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The Russo Brothers Reveal This Avengers: Endgame Scene Almost Didn't Happen

The reason why is wild!

Avengers: Endgame featured a crazy number of important characters and it would have no doubt been pretty difficult to get everyone together to shoot the movie, but it turns out there’s one scene featuring three cameos that almost didn’t happen.

Anthony Russo, who co-directed the movie with his brother Joe Russo, has revealed the most difficult cameo to shoot for the movie involved his extended family.

In an interview with Cleveland.com, Russo said, “The hardest one was a scene in the movie where it’s the scene in the diner where we introduced Smart Hulk the first time.

“So, he’s sitting there with Ant-Man, Black Widow and Captain America, and there’s these three kids that walk in who are fans of Hulk. They want a picture with him.

“And those three kids are, one is my son Julian. One is my brother’s daughter, Lia. One is my sister’s son, Augie.”

Credit: Marvel

It turns out that school schedules, of all things, made things very difficult to get all three of the kids together to shoot their very quick scene.

The other reason the Hulk scene was somewhat difficult, was that it was a new scene added as part of reshoots.

In the commentary featured on the movie’s Blu-ray, the Russo brothers said that the merging of Bruce Banner and the Hulk was meant to happen at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, but when they edited the scene they thought it didn’t fit very well with the movie’s depressing finish.

They then had to scramble to add the scene into Endgame to explain the Hulk’s transformation.

The three kids aren’t the only members of the Russo family to appear in the film. Joe’s daughter Ava played Lila Burton, the daughter of Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye who gets dusted while learning archery at the beginning of the film.

Joe also made a cameo as the man in the support group with Captain America who tells a story of going on a date with another man after losing loved ones in the Snap five years earlier.

Who’d have thought getting Tilda Swinton and Robert Redford to appear in the movie would be easier than getting three kids out of school?

The easiest cameo to make happen for the movie was likely Natalie Portman, as her scenes were made possible using old footage from Thor: The Dark World. She did, however, do some extra voice work.

There's An Avengers: Endgame Easter Egg That No One Managed To Spot

The detail in these movies is insane.

There are plenty of Easter Eggs hidden in Avengers: Endgame and while it wasn’t the final film in Phase 3 of the MCU, it did manage to wrap up a lot of loose ends. Speaking of loose ends, there is one Easter Egg that no one managed to spot in the film, but now that we’ve seen it we can understand why.

The hidden Easter Egg came to light in a new video made by Cinesite who were part of the VFX team behind the movie.

It occurs in the scene after the team fails to secure the Tesseract in 2012 New York, and Tony Stark and Steve Rogers decide to go back further in time to S.H.I.E.L.D’s base in 1970 to get the cube and extra Pym Particles to make the trip back home.

It turns out that the underground bunker where Tony runs into his father Howard Stark, is the same bunker where Arnim Zola, one of the villains from Captain America: The First Avenger, was transferring his consciousness to a computer system as we see in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Credit: Marvel

In the video, Cinesite reveals one of the computers in the scene at S.H.I.E.L.D features Zola’s face. This makes sense timeline-wise as Zola was still alive in 1970 and would have likely been experimenting with the idea of putting his mind online.

Watch the moment here at 0:41 (though it’s worth watching the whole thing to see the amazing VFX):

In case you don’t really remember Zola, he was Red Skull’s right-hand man and one of the lead scientists at HYDRA. He was captured by Captain America around the end of WWII, but was later recruited to S.H.I.E.L.D.

Zola secretly rebuilt HYDRA while working at S.H.I.E.L.D. and turned Bucky Barnes into the Winter Soldier.

In 1972, Zola found out he was terminally ill and it was then that he finally put his consciousness inside a computer so he could continue HYDRA’s work from beyond the grave.

In The Winter Solder, HYDRA destroys the computer while trying to kill Steve and Natasha Romanoff.

So, we can see why no one noticed, but it’s a pretty cool Easter Egg by Cinesite!

The Russos Would've Dusted All The X-Men Except For Wolverine In Infinity War For This Simple Reason

That's harsh.

The Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo have revealed if they had access to the X-Men characters they would’ve chosen to snap all of them except for Wolverine.

When 21st Century Fox was acquired by Disney fans quickly began theorising how the X-Men and other characters like the Fantastic Four will join the MCU.

Unsurprisingly, many people have asked Avengers writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely as well as the Russo brothers how they would have handled the X-Men as part of the stories they created. And now we know the sad truth.

Speaking with IGN’s Up At Noon Show, the Russos said that if Gambit, Jean Grey, Storm, Cyclops and Rogue were in Infinity War they all would have been dusted and Wolverine would have survived.

Joe explained their reasoning, and it’s actually pretty simple. He said, “I’d love to see a fiercely motivated Wolverine going up against Thanos.”

Credit: 21st Century Fox

We imagine the clawed hero would have felt a similar level of anger as Thor, but given how angry Wolverine is on a day-to-day basis, it probably would have been on another level.

It would have also been interesting to see him having to work with the remaining Avengers to obtain the Infinity Stones, especially given he wouldn’t have worked with them for long and likely wouldn’t have trusted them immediately.

Of course, we’ll never know what would have happened, but it will be interesting to see how Disney integrates Fox’s assets into their own projects in the future.

At this stage we don’t know when the X-Men will appear on the big screen once again, but there’s a tiny chance that the announcement could be coming at The D23 Expo which is held on August 23 to 25. But we won’t be holding our breath…

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