‘Avengers: Endgame’: Kevin Feige Reveals the Surprising Scene That Always Makes Him Cry
A particular scene in Avengers: Endgame always makes Marvel President Kevin Feige cry – and it’s not either of the big death scenes.
It is, however, a scene with Spider-Man, which seems all the more poignant now given this week’s news that Disney and Sony have hit a wall with negotiations on the web-slinger, whom Sony owns.
For the moment, at least, Spider-Man will no longer be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – and Feige surely can’t be happy about that.
The scene that tears up Kevin Feige
MCU fans teared up at the death of Black Widow and especially at the death of Tony Stark, whose transition from cocky entrepreneur to sacrificial hero felt fully realized, with his redemption well earned. While Feige must take particular pride in this scene, it’s not the one that gets the waterworks going, according to Empire magazine.
No, the one that moves him is the portals scene, after Steve Rogers hears Falcon say “on your left,” a reference to the opening of Captain America: Winter Soldier where Steve keeps outrunning Sam.
When Falcon says “on your left” in Endgame, that’s the cue for all the Thanos-snapped heroes, including Spider-Man, to return for Thanos’ reckoning.
“Almost every version, starting with the green screen, just actors running down a green ramp version, got me. Every time,” he says. “More so than any of the deaths. At some point I know they’re not dead, the actors aren’t dead, it’s not real. That moment of them all returning, with me it goes even deeper because it’s, ‘Holy Toledo, we’ve introduced all these actors, we’ve made movies of all these characters.’ So that got me a number of times.”
The Stark funeral was real
One of the other scenes that made audiences cry was Tony Stark’s funeral, when just about every major character who has been in these movies pays their last respects to Iron Man, including Nick Fury, whose only role in Endgame is to make that walk-on.
That makes sense, because he was one of the people who had been dusted, prompting Samuel L. Jackson almost to let fly with one of his trademark MF-bombs.
Many people, including this author, assumed that scene must have been done with CGI, because it was seemingly impossible to coordinate all the actors’ schedules to get them in one shot. Turns out it wasn’t. The only CGI characters are the Hulk, Rocket and Groot.
That’s because the scene was filmed on the same day the cast gathered together for the 10th anniversary photo in October 2017. Feige said, “That’s why we did that photo then, because we had everybody there. And it was astounding, having all those actors there, and it’s very solemn in the movie, because they’re all great actors, it’s very effective. On the day it was just insane.”
What will Feige do about Spider-Man now?
Speaking of insane, that’s how most fans felt when they learned that Sony and Disney could not come to an agreement for Spider-Man to appear in future MCU movies. New Spider-Man movies with Tom Holland are planned, but Sony will be solely responsible for making those, without input from Feige.
Feige has not commented on these developments, but that must be a bitter pill for him to swallow because Spider-Man was supposedly going to be a key player in future movies. Feige has praised other movies that have used the non-MCU characters well, such as Logan. He wanted the Endgame deaths to measure up to that movie.
In its official statement on the split from the MCU, Sony made sure to praise Feige in particular, saying, “Kevin is terrific and we are grateful for his help and guidance and appreciate the path he has helped put us on, which we will continue.”