Actress Katherine Langford’s Avengers: Endgame scenes hit the cutting room floor after failing to make an “emotional” impact at the end of the blockbuster.
The 13 Reasons Why star was recruited to portray Iron Man Tony Stark’s grown-up daughter in the 2019 movie, but when the film hit theatres in April, she was nowhere to be seen.
Fans have been given a glimpse of the scenes she shot via the hit movie’s run on the new Disney+ streaming service, and directors Joe and Anthony Russo are now opening up about why Langford didn’t make the final cut of the theatrical release.
“There was an idea that we had that Tony (Stark) was going to go into the metaphysical waystation that Thanos goes in when he snapped his fingers,” Joe said during an appearance on the podcast HappySadConfused, “and that there was going to be a future version of his daughter in that waystation. The intention was that his future daughter… forgave him (for sacrificing his life) and sort of gave him peace to go. And the idea felt resonant. But it was just too many ideas in an overly complicated movie.”
According to brother Anthony, test audiences found the scenes too confusing, due to the presence of a new actress taking over the role — played in the Avengers films by child star Lexi Rabe.
“We didn’t feel an emotional association with the adult version of his daughter,” he explained.
As for Langford, the brunette beauty is just thrilled she had the chance to be part of the franchise — even though she didn’t appear on the big screen.
“I’m such a huge fan of the Marvel films and the Russo brothers…,” she explains. “I was just content with having the memory in my head. To play with Robert Downey on the last scene he was Iron Man, on the last day that he was Iron Man, that was just amazing.”