IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN AVENGERS: ENDGAME THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS MAJOR SPOILERS.
Avengers: Endgame screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely stat down for an in-depth interview with the LATimes with some interesting quotes from the writing duo, who have been kicking around Marvel Studios since Captain America: The First Avenger and involvement in the MCU predates the Disney acquisition of Marvel.
The two were given the task of ending the Infinity Saga which launched with 2008’s Iron Man and had been allowed to kill-off some major players such as Tony Stark and Black Widow, two of the longest serving characters in the MCU.
LA TIMES: I understand Iron Man’s death was decided early on. How was it decided just exactly how he would die?
MARKUS: We always knew we wanted him to bring it on himself as opposed to being killed by Thanos. Because it’s really the one thing left for him to do, in a way. The five-year jump allowed him to become this fully realized human: He married Pepper, he had a child, he basically retired from public life and lived a very peaceful existence out there in the country.
We knew he was going to die but we wanted to put it in his hands as opposed to someone else’s. We didn’t always know that the Infinity Stones were going to be what caused it, but once we worked out the mechanics of it with the nanoparticle suit that both the gauntlet and his suit were made out of, it all worked too perfectly not to do.
LA TIMES: What are your thoughts on the mixed fan reaction to Black Widow’s death?
MARKUS: I understand she was a beloved character and none of us want our heroes to die. But that is the natural end of her journey and it is the sort of apotheosis of who she is becoming. She started out as a very dark character. Even before the movies begin, she’s a spy, she’s an assassin. She has red in her ledger and to take her all the way to that sacrifice point is where her character is headed. And to not let her do that seemed a disservice to her as a hero.
MCFEELY: Right. We couldn’t be afraid to kill her simply because she was the most important and the first female character. Again, the goal with all these things is just to put these people on a journey or continue or end their journeys. Steve Rogers goes from selfless to slightly more self-interested. Tony goes from selfish to giving himself for the universe. Thor goes from obligated to letting go of that obligation. And Black Widow goes from a woman with red on her ledger to clearly wiping out all that red.
Markus and McFeely were also behind the Agent Carter series starring Hayley Atwell which was a spin-off of their film Captain America: The First Avenger, they were also asked their thoughts on the possibility of Disney/Marvel Studios reviving the series for Disney+ given all the Marvel shows they’ve been announcing. LA TIMES: Is there any chance Agent Carter could be revived or continued on Disney+ or would you think that’d be too hard to do now?
MCFEELY: From your lips to Bob Iger’s ears. I don’t know. It was an expensive show. You’re doing period as well as you can in Los Angeles. I don’t know how big the fanbase is, but what it is is really dedicated. And we love the character. So I don’t know, I just don’t know.
There is a good chance a revival on Disney+ could happen as they’ll need plenty of Marvel content connected to the MCU, but I think the more interesting version would the setting we saw in Endgame with John Slattery and de-aged Michael Douglas on the S.H.I.E.L.D. base, but that would be certainly pricey to do.
I’m certainly curious to see if Markus and McFeely will continue to work on Marvel projects or will move on after the historic success of Avengers: Endgame.
SOURCE: LA TIMES