There was much fanfare over the initial casting of 13 Reasons Why star Katherine Langford in Avengers: Endgame, with speculation rife as to who she would be playing. So, it came as a surprise to many when she was entirely absent from the finished film when it hit theaters.
As we now know she was cast as an older version of Tony Stark and Pepper Potts' daughter, Morgan, but her scene was ultimately left on the cutting room floor. Well, the scene has now been included in the release of the film on streaming service Disney+, and Katherine Langford has told us that it has happened thanks to fan demand.
"I heard that's why it's out though. That's what I was told. It was literally out because people wanted to see it. Which is also really cool."
It is nice to know that fans have such influence, even over massive studios like Disney and Marvel. Langford then went on to explain that while she is glad the scene is finally out there for everyone to see, she was just glad to be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
"It's a weird thing because... you're just perpetually terrified that you're going to spoil something. I mean, I'm such a huge fan of the Marvel films and the Russo brothers, so when Marvel reached out to me to play Iron Man's daughter, that was such an honor. And ultimately it didn't make it into the film, and creatively, like, that makes sense and that's totally fine. I was just content with having the memory in my head."
It certainly sounds like she holds no grudges about being left out of the final film, and honestly the scene does ruin the pacing of Iron Man's ultimate sacrifice, bringing everything to a standstill whilst Tony has a (admittedly emotional) tête-à-tête with a future version of Iron Man's daughter.
For those who have not yet seen it, in the restored scene Tony Stark enters the Soul World, first seen after Thanos' snap at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, and encounters a now grown-up version of his daughter, Morgan. Having snapped away Thanos and his army, and sacrificed his own life in the process, Tony gets to say goodbye to his daughter and find peace knowing that she gets to grow up and have a good life. He is able to ask Morgan whether he made the right choice, before breaking all our hearts by ending the scene with the oft-quoted 'I love you 3000'.
It is a moving scene, thanks mostly the consistently great work of Robert Downey Jr., but it's removal makes sense as the Endgame finale plays out perfectly without it.
You can judge the scene and how it fits into the film for yourselves as Avengers: Endgame is now available on Disney+. This comes from Youtube.