Though it debuted in April, superhero juggernaut “Avengers: Endgame” is returning to theaters in a new form on June 28. Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige first told Screen Rant about the blockbuster’s quasi re-release.
“Not an extended cut, but there will be a version going into theaters with a bit of a marketing push with a few new things at the end of the movie. If you stay and watch the movie, after the credits, there’ll be a deleted scene, a little tribute, and a few surprises. Which will be next weekend,” said the film producer.
In its original form, “Avengers: Endgame” was the first Marvel Cinematic Universe film not to feature a post-credits sequence. However, that notable omission didn’t harm the movie’s financial performance. To date, the film has grossed $2.744 billion worldwide.
Extended Cut Details
Feige, who doesn’t seem to understand the term “extended cut,” did not reveal the focus of the film’s new material. However, his mention of a “tribute” suggests the revised “Endgame” might feature a tribute to comic book legend Stan Lee. In addition to co-creating “The Avengers” with artist Jack Kirby, Lee also made cameo appearances in all of the MCU movies.
Following tradition, the film’s new post-credit scene will likely unfold in one of two ways. One, it could offer a wink at one of “Endgame’s” minor plot points a la “Iron Man 3.”
Or two, it might be a teaser setting up the events of future Marvel movies like the original “Iron Man” did.
Reasons for the ‘Endgame’ Extended Cut
Feige didn’t say why “Avengers: Endgame” is getting a re-release. However, it’s worth noting that Marvel has another movie coming out soon. On July 2, “Spider-Man: Far From Home” will make its theatrical debut.
As confirmed by the film’s trailers, the movie is a direct follow-up to the latest “Avengers” film. As such, Marvel might want to remind content-flooded audiences where “Endgame” left the film’s web-slinging protagonist.
Additionally, Screen Rant and other outlets have posited Marvel is putting its hit back in theaters to break one more box office record.
Currently, “Endgame” is $44 million shy of breaking “Avatar’s” $2.788 billion record as the highest grossing movie ever made, not adjusted for inflation. Industry watchers believe Marvel wants to dethrone “Avatar” to impress its parent company, Disney. Last year, Disney acquired the rights to the science fiction franchise when it purchased 21st Century Fox for $71.3 billion.
Though popular, the theory that Kevin Feige wants to make “Avatar” writer-director James Cameron humble has some holes in it. As Forbes notes, “Endgame” would have to be one of the most successful re-releases in the modern era to make $44 million. Furthermore, Feige could easily dunk on Cameron by pointing out his MCU movies have a global cume of $21 billion compared to the “Titanic” director’s comparatively piddly $6 billion lifetime gross.
Nevertheless, Feige should be wary of the self-proclaimed King of the World. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cameron used his clout to change “Dark Phoenix’s” release date to benefit “Alita: Battle Angel,” a film he wrote and produced. Consequently, the “Terminator” helmer might steal a Marvel film’s place on Disney’s release slate to benefit “Avatar 2.”
Like his most famous creation, the notoriously hard-driving Cameron can’t be reasoned with and is not known for feeling pity, remorse, or fear.