Kevin Feige asked Russo Bros. to kill off the six original Avengers, but Russo Bros. said, “That’s way too aggressive.”

Scarlett Johansson and Robert Downey Jr. star as Iron Man and Black Widow, respectively, both died in “Avengers: Endgame.” Still, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige wanted an even bigger bloodbath at first. Anthony and Joe Russo recently confirmed on the “Happy Sad Confused” podcast that Feige asked them to kill off all the original Avengers. This would have included Chris Evans (Captain America), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), and Mark Ruffalo (Hulk).

Joe Russo said, “There were a lot of rumors about who was going to die.” “At one point, Kevin pitched, and all the OGs were taken out of bounds. We thought it was way too harsh and that people wouldn’t be able to handle it. Handle it. And that choosing one or two characters to make sacrifices throughout the movie could give you moments where the action stops, you can let out your emotions, and then the story continues.

The Russo Brothers got their wish of killing off two characters, but even that decision was met with some opposition. Anthony Russo recently told Vanity Fair that Jon Favreau called him and Joe Russo and tried to convince them not to kill off Iron Man. Favreau started the MCU by directing “Iron Man” and “Iron Man 2,” He stayed with the franchise by playing Happy Hogan in several movies.

“Jon Favreau called us after reading the script and pressured us not to kill Tony Stark. “They came up to us and asked, “Are you going to kill Iron Man?” Tony Russo said.

Yeah. “He did,” Joe Russo said. I remember walking around the corner of a stage while talking to Favreau on the phone. And trying to talk him down from a ledge. He tells me, “You can’t do this. It’s going to make people sad, and you don’t want them, like, leaving the theatre and walking into traffic.’ We did it anyways.”

 

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