Marvel may have always been the type to mislead fans during the production and the promotion of its upcoming projects, but Avengers: Endgame continued with the deceit, even in the first act of the movie.
During the opening act of the film, the remaining members of the Avengers gather together and take the Milano to space. Before heading to space, Captain America (Chris Evans) quips, “let’s go get this son of a bitch,” a line that was intentionally meant to mislead fans into believing the team is going to win the fight against Thanos (Josh Brolin) and undo the Snappening.
Of course, the film twists this expectation. Sure, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) might have successfully killed off the Mad Titan in the opening act of Endgame, but it does nothing in bringing back the lives that were lost in Avengers: Infinity War.
Thanks to Marvel’s commentary track in the Digital HD release of Endgame, we get to learn that the film’s directors and writers really did intend for the beat and switch.
“What's so fun about this for us is that we're setting it up to play as if it's going to be an action-adventure movie,” co-director Joe Russo says. “The Avengers chasing Thanos through space trying to retrieve the gauntlet from him.”
“‘Let's go get this son of a bitch’ could not be more of some '80s, '90s trailer moment…” Endgame writer Christopher Markus adds.
Russo then admits that the line was supposed to be a “Misdirect” that would lead fans to believe that the film was going to go a certain way even though the writers would completely derail the narrative in later moments.
Of course, while some viewers might have felt betrayed by the turn out of the sequence, fans ought to remember that this is all part of storytelling. The bait and switch only enhance the narrative.
Avengers: Endgame is now available on Digital HD.