Marvel fans were heartbroken when Peter Parker (Tom Holland) turned into dust in Tony Stark's (Robert Downey Jr.) arms in Avengers: Infinity War. Spider-Man and Iron Man's reunion in Avengers: Endgame was a tearjerker as well, though it seems like Joe and Anthony Russo had an alternate reunion for the characters.
Endgame editor Jeff Ford just recently sat down for an interview with Slash Film to discuss various moments in the comic book movie, and Ford couldn't help but talk about the moment where Iron Man and Spider-Man found themselves reunited in the climactic battle of the film. According to the editor, the heartwarming embrace between the Avengers looked a whole lot different in another take of the scene. The emotional weight of the scene was lifted in the alternate sequence because Tony introduces Peter to Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) right after their reunion, turning the reunion into something less powerful than it should have been.
"The first time we shot it, Peter and Tony reunite and Pepper's nearby, and Tony goes, ‘Uh, Peter, do you know Pepper?" "Nice to meet you!'" Ford explained, "It's one of those crazy meet-cutes in the middle of a fight. He hugs him and they have this thing, but it felt very incidental like they ran into each other at an airport or something. We watched it, and they were both great in the scene, but it was like a comedy scene, so it had this schtick quality to it. By the way, we did not yet know how powerful Peter disappearing was [in Infinity War] when we shot that first version. We had shot it, I think, but we hadn't tested it, we hadn't lived with it and actually done the [effect] of [him] going away, so when the audience had that reaction, we're like, this reunion is different now. It's a different thing."
Good thing that Joe and Anthony Russo opted against the scene. Sure, Tony Stark introducing Peter to Pepper Potts might have added some levity to the movie, but it wouldn't really help give the film any sort of depth. It would take away the power of the reunion between the Marvel heroes – something that fans have been looking forward to since Peter's death in the Infinity War. Marvel fans would be unhappy with the alternate sequence.
Avengers: Endgame is currently available on DVD, Blu-Ray, and Digital HD.