Marvel Studios relaunched Avengers: Endgame in theaters on June 28, 2019, pushing the sequel to Avengers: Infinity War beyond the James Cameron-directed Avatar to become the highest grossing movie of all time. Accompanied by an introduction by director Anthony Russo, an unfinished deleted scene starring Smart Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), a look at that summer’s Spider-Man: Far From Home, and a tribute to the Marvel Comics visionary and co-creator of the Avengers Stan Lee, the Endgame reissue added another $ 7.8 million to its global journey in its early days to increase its total to $ 2.76 billion. On July 21, after 89 days in theaters, Endgame eliminated Avatar as the highest grossing film and would end his career with a global total of $ 2.797 billion.
The unfinished deleted scene, which features actor Reginald VelJohnson in a cameo as the hero Hulk rescues civilians from a burning building, remains exclusive to theatrical reissue and is not included in the house media release. The 4K and Blu-ray versions of Endgame, as well as the digital version that airs exclusively on Disney +, include approximately five minutes of scenes removed from both theatrical versions of Endgame.
Explaining the lack of new scenes removed in the relaunch in a 2019 interview, directors Anthony and Joe Russo said the three-hour, three-minute theatrical version includes almost all of the footage shot while filming Infinity War and Endgame consecutively.
“We have almost everything we filmed in this movie,” said Joe Russo. Anthony added: “We love hard-hitting, forceful stories. We like movies that are very dense in what they offer you moment by moment so that when you revisit them, there are more things to keep chewing on. We try to structure films that are very tight , and this is a tight three hours. “
Endgame would close the first 11-year chapter of the ongoing Marvel Cinematic Universe when Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) gave his life to prevent Crazy Titan Thanos (Josh Brolin) from fulfilling his universe-wide extermination plans, a sacrifice that He spurred the out-of-time man from Captain America (Chris Evans) to retreat and deliver his crashed shield to Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie).
Released with Iron Man in 2008, Marvel’s Infinity Saga would officially conclude with Far From Home in July 2019, where the recently resurrected Spider-Man (Tom Holland) navigated the aftermath surrounding the death of mentor Tony Stark.
“Meeting those expectations and exceeding them in many cases? I’m still processing it, to be honest,” Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige said of Endgame’s unprecedented success in an interview in late 2019. “Because For five years, our goal and our superstition was to deliver on the promise of an ending in a way that was not expected, in a way that people did not anticipate. And to see audiences around the world respond to these characters that we “have lived For more than 10 years, they have lived for more than 10 years, it was a truly remarkable experience. “
Celebrating Endgame being crowned the highest-grossing film in late July 2019, the Russo brothers said in a joint statement: “To the best fans in the universe, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you.” Russos and Marvel studios extended their appreciation to fans with the We Love You 3000 event, a nine-city tour with director appearances as part of the Marvel-themed festivities.