The Avengers: How The After-Credits Scene Came Together
Reported by Outsiders - 04:01 PM 2012.05.07
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On April 12th during a press conference, Robert Downey Jr. revealed in his own way that the Avengers movie was not completed and they were reuniting that very night to film one last bit of footage for the movie. Both Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and writer-director Joss Whedon did their best to cover up what Downey told people but come on, we knew something was up... Now the film already had a scene that popped up during the credits, revealing the secret villain who was aiding Loki’s alien invasion of Earth. But what was learned was The Avengers did have another post-credits scene in the works and this explains how the whole scene came together.
'In the climactic New York battle against the alien invaders Iron Man does something selfless and noble and nearly loses his life for it. As he tumbles back to Earth, he is rescued mid-plummet by the Hulk, who breaks the fall by surfing down the side of some buildings and deposits Iron Man’s limp form on the pulverized street below. Chris Hemsworth’s Thor and Chris Evans’ Captain America rush over and Thor rips off Iron Man’s mask to reveal an unconscious Tony Stark.
In the original script, the billionaire awakens with a start and asks, ”What’s next?”
But during filming, Downey is notorious for pushing for variations and felt that line could be something snappier. Whedon agreed, and penned several new versions of the scene in a notebook the day of shooting. ”Peek behind the curtain,” Whedon commented. ”It was one line — now it’s three pages.”
Those new lines were the seed that led to the last-minute scene, though no one knew that at the time — not even Whedon. What was in those pages? “Please tell me nobody tried to kiss me,” Stark says, looking up at a looming Thor and Cap. That line made the finished movie, but others didn’t. There were several other variations in which Stark congratulates his fellow Avengers on winning the battle, and then — realizing it’s not over yet — wearily begins making suggestions about how much time off they’re going to be owed.
The line that made the final cut was a slightly more random one: Stark learns that there is more fighting left to do, and says fine, as long as the others agree to hit a good shawarma restaurant he knows in the neighborhood.
And that, dear readers, is what Whedon and Marvel realized after the fact, too.
When The Avengers is over — and we mean over-over, when the last credit has rolled — we cut to the gang sitting silently around a table, munching on pitas like any colleagues who have just put in a lot of overtime. In the background, restaurant workers quietly clean-up debris in the apocalypse-adjacent eatery.
And they say… nothing. After saving the planet, they are spent.'
This extra scene had some trouble involved because Chris Evans had to wear a prosthetic face to cover up his beard that he grew for his next film, you’ll notice, he covers his face throughout that footage by resting his cheek against his hand. This was the main joke during a conference and everyone made fun of the fake face even Evans.