Much as Marvel fans loved Avengers: Endgame, there are still a few things they would change if they could. Very few movies can be called truly perfect. Even ones universally regarded as all-time classics get singled out for flaws.
Many people say that as great as Singin’ in the Rain is, the “Broadway Melody” sequence goes on too long and stalls the plot. Even the sterling Casablanca, which has so many great quotes, has one line that thuds just a little: “Is that cannon fire? Or is it my heart pounding?”
When you get so much right, what you do wrong, or what opportunities you miss, stand out all the more. So it goes with Avengers: Endgame.
What would fans change about ‘Avengers: Endgame’?
Fans on Reddit discussed what they would change about the mega-MCU movie. There were quite a few suggestions, and some of them were minor and/or cosmetic changes. For example: “Lighter color tone for the final battle in Endgame so the characters are more visible.”
Other fans said that Captain America (played by Chris Evans) didn’t have a strong enough arc. A number of fans disagreed with that, but there has been some talk that Steve Rogers was uncharacteristically selfish for choosing to live out his life with Peggy Carter and not being around to stop, say, Sept. 11. That time travel is such a tricky beast.
The trouble with the Hulk
Speaking of beasts, the character that fans targeted for the most changes was The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), whom you will recall had a very different personality. Basically, instead of treating The Hulk as a virus that had to be killed, Banner turned him into an asset. So he stays in his Hulk body while having his super-sharp scientific mind. No “Hulk Smash” for this green giant.
However, fans made a few suggestions. One wrote: “Professor hulk was a fun take. But having him have a useless arm was a little weak. Him hulking out is always fun. So in endgame there should have been a berserker moment of him with the BO or with Thanos.”
Another fan suggested it might have been better if the Hulk character were reversed, writing: “I wanted Professor Hulk to be the Hulk with Bruce’s intelligence. (But we got Bruce with the Hulk’s strength).”
Marvel has gotten some flak for never getting The Hulk entirely right. There was the non-MCU Hulk with Eric Bana that many people strongly disliked, and it’s generally agreed that the MCU’s 2008 movie The Incredible Hulk is the weakest of their lot. The star of that movie, Edward Norton, recently revealed that he wanted a darker, Christopher Nolan-like take on the character, but Marvel wouldn’t give.
Marvel changed ‘Avengers: Endgame’ in theaters
Marvel sort of changed Avengers: Endgame by issuing it with new footage even before it finished its theatrical run. The film itself was unchanged, and it still had the three hour and one-minute running time that prompted many an article on when to take a pee break.
However, one thing Avengers: Endgame did not have in its original form was the post-credits scenes. Usually, there are two. One is after the primary credits, which is usually a scene that points to the next movie. The second is the one that appears after all the credits are done, including the small army of visual effects artists. This is usually shorter and sillier, the most famous example of which was the shawarma scene at the end of the original Avengers.
Avengers: Endgame had neither of these. After the end of the story were pictures of all the primary cast, plus big autograph signatures from the ones who were the original adventures. The only extra at the fade-out was the clanking sound of Iron Man forging his suit in the cave.
In the reissue, after the main movie, there was with seven minutes of new post-credits footage not included in the original theatrical release, including a Stan Lee tribute, an unfinished deleted scene, and the opening scene of Spider-Man: Far From Home. So you could argue this new footage was basically a promo to push Spidey, and it worked — the movie joined the billion-dollar club.