Avengers: Endgame wasn't just a blockbuster or a sequel; it was the epic finale of a 22-movie saga; a historic feat never seen before in cinema. A single dud could have derailed the MCU. Endgame could have pulled a Game of Thrones and ended so disappointedly, it left fans with a sour taste in their mouths. Thankfully, the payoff of Endgame couldn't have been more perfect. Due to the series' track record, you would assume the Marvel bosses had everything planned out to a T.
And that mentality couldn't be further from the truth. Yes, Marvel Studios CEO, Kevin Feige, had an outline of the Avengers journey. But a lot of basic details were up in the air including what supervillains to use and what film certain characters would appear in.
That's not taken into account all the legal issues, studio disputes, disagreements from executives, writing back-up scripts in case certain actors were unavailable, and toy sales affecting casting. When you understand just how many problems and limitations Marvel Studios had to put up with, you appreciate the Marvel Cinematic Universe more. It's not just amazing the MCU turned out well; it's miraculous it exists in the first place.
Let's see how differently the MCU could have turned out.
James Egan has written 80 books including
1000 Facts about Superheroes Vol. 1-3
1000 Facts about Supervillains Vol. 1-3
1000 Facts about The Greatest Films Ever Made Vol. 1-3
1000 Facts about Video Games Vol. 1-3
1000 Facts about TV Shows Vol. 1-3
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