The scene takes place just after Tony Stark defeats Thanos with the Infinity Stones. Coming in at under two minutes, the clip depicts Pepper Potts saying her goodbyes as the camera swings to focus on other major MCU characters such as Hawkeye and Black Panther honoring the late Iron Man by taking a knee.
The scene is a touching one and only didn’t make it into the finished film because directors Anthony and Joe Russo felt the subsequent funeral scene was ultimately more powerful. The duo told USA Today, “It’s a beautiful scene with moving performances, but we filmed it prior to Tony Stark’s funeral. The funeral scene ultimately became a more resonant and emotional reflection on Tony’s death for us.”
Watch the scene in full below.
Of course, Marvel fans have been struggling to deal with the feels. Many responded with pictures and gifs of a tearful Robert Downey Jr., captioning tweets with words to the effect of “same,” berating the studio for making them cry at work, or simply responding with “pass the tissues” gifs. Elsewhere fans laughed about Gimora’s reaction to Stark’s passing — while most of the Avengers knelt in honor, her character acted very “I don’t know this dude” and walked off screen.
The general consensus, however, was that while the scene is undoubtedly sad, Marvel made a good call by not including it. Many agreed that the funeral clip was far more powerful and that adding both scenes could have diluted the overall impact.
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