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Spoilers ahead for Avengers: Endgame. If you haven't seen it in theaters, look away!
Avengers: Endgame has been in theaters for two weekends, and continues to break box office records and make an outstanding amount of money. The Russo Brothers crafted a complicated and epic story, and the movie is so dense that it warrants a re-watch or two. Writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely were tasked with writing the project and balancing out its large ensemble of characters, and did so masterfully.
Given Endgame's massive critical and financial success, you could definitely says that Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely accomplished their goals. But it turns out that the writers still wish certain characters got more time together. McFeely recently opened up about those missed opportunities, saying:
Steve and Bucky would've been good. Rocket and Groot could've had another moment. [Black] Panther and Okoye, even Hope and Scott Lang. Lang in many ways is the driving force of this story. He didn't get time to really have a moment with Hope.
Just when you thought that Avengers: Endgame included everything possibly could, it turns out that the writers would have liked to add a few more reunion scenes during the movie's final battle. And after looking at their list of scenes, the fans might actually agree.
Stephen McFeely's comments to the LA Times might have originally surprised moviegoers, but they make a great deal of sense. After the surviving heroes finish their Time Heist and acquire the Infinity Stones, Thanos from the past arrives and lays waste to the Avengers Compound. All seems lost, until the dusted characters arrive in droves, and the most ambitious MCU battle begins.
During this sequence, there are plenty of reunions and interesting character pairings occurred, as the heroes who were absent from the last few hours got their time to shine. But some of them got cut for time, and they're even more noticeable after hearing the writers point them out. Most of these relationships will continue in future movies, although Steve and Bucky are presumably the exception.
Thanos' victory in Infinity War accompanied a gut-punch of a scene, where audience was left to watch in horror as countless characters faded to dust. It was heartbreaking to watch Rocket lose Groot, and Bucky was the first hero to fall. Those characters reunions might have deserved a bigger spotlight, although Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus had to edit down all of their original idea for the battle.
Even for being dusted, Bucky wasn't given a ton to do in Avengers: Endgame. He didn't take on the mantle of Captain America, and didn't get a huge reunion with Steve Rogers before the latter eventually time travelled again. The future of the MCU is largely a mystery, so it should be interesting to see how the characters are serviced in a post-Endgame world.
Avengers: Endgame is in theaters now. Be sure to check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.