There's a leak floating around that Disney is prepared to cut down Captain Marvel's presence in Avengers: Endgame depending on the blockbuster performance of the character's title film.
It's no secret that the Brie Larson vehicle has been surrounded by controversies leading up to its release, and Disney apparently has a contingency plan in place.
According to a Reddit leakster, the Russo brothers and writes Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely didn't want to include Captain Marvel in both Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame because they wanted these movies to focus on the original Marvel Cinematic Universe characters.
However, Disney and Marvel Studios apparently wanted to bring in the character already. They found a middle ground by bringing her in Avengers: Endgame instead. It is believed that she will be instrumental in the defeat of Thanos.
Despite the compromise, the leakster claims that Disney still anticipated the negative reaction surrounding Captain Marvel so they reportedly had a second Avengers: Endgame cut made. This cut apparently reduces the participation of Carol Danvers in the movie in case her movie flops. It will reportedly have Captain America or Black Widow as a stand-in for her.
"Brie Larson treats everyone well but she's very contesting and she contested the hell out of this decision, until Marvel Studios was forced to shoot those scenes in different days, which resulted in more spending," the leakster claims. He added that Captain America and company don't get to meet Captain Marvel up until the third act of Endgame.
There is no way of knowing if there is any truth to this leak, so it is best to take this with a grain of salt. The leakster, who also provided tons of scene descriptions, claims to be a "worker on contract basis" for a production company that used to work on Infinity War and Endgame before it got terminated after a staff member leaked spoilers.
Mary Sue thinks that the fact that the leakster described Larson as "contesting" gives away the true intention behind the supposed leak.
With the way Captain Marvel is looking, it seems that Disney won't need that second cut if it even exists. The film is on track to hit $20 million to $24 million on opening night. The film, which also stars Samuel L. Jackson and Clark Gregg, is also expected to be a huge hit in China, with projected $30 million gross in its debut.
Captain Marvel will hit theaters this Friday, March 8th and the Avengers: Endgame next month, April 26th.