It might sound horrifying, but Avengers: Endgame writers Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus actually considered the “extreme” idea of having a time-traveling version of Thanos (Josh Brolin) going around carrying the severed head of a former Captain America (Chris Evans) in the massive Marvel movie.
Speaking with fans during one of Marvel’s panels at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con International (via ComicBook.com), Markus and McFeely opened up about discarded ideas for Avengers: Endgame, and according to the writers, they once wanted a decapitated Steve Rogers in the movie.
Of course, the idea was shot down as soon as it was considered. Fans would have probably gone crazy over the sigh of a sliced Captain America, something that Markus jokes would have been rather “awesome.”
Another idea that the two had eventually discarded was the idea of showing Giant Man’s corpse in the movie. It was supposed to be a nod to Marvel’s Old Man Logan comic book which features the universe in decay after Red Skull and a group of other supervillains lay waste to the Earth’s mightiest heroes.
McFeely and Markus also dropped the idea like a hot potato, knowing that the graphic nature of a decapitated head and a decaying corpse wouldn’t really leave a pleasant taste in viewers mouths. While it would have given the film a bit more gravitas, we’re sure that fans would be outraged to see Captain America’s sliced head hanging on Thanos’ hand in Avengers: Endgame.
Avengers: Endgame is set for Digital HD release on July 30 and then on 4k Ultra HD and Blu-ray on August 13.