21 Scrapped Marvel Cinematic Universe Plot Lines That Would've Been Totally Wild If They'd Actually Happened

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🚨Warning: There are some MASSIVE spoilers ahead for the MCU movies — yes, including Black Widow — and TV shows!🚨

1.First, in Avengers: Endgame, there was originally going to be a storyline where Thanos went back and killed the Avengers in 2014, and then in 2023 he kept Captain America's severed head as a prize.

Thanos telling Steve, "What I'm about to do to your stubborn, annoying little planet, I'm gonna enjoy it"

The scrapped storyline would've featured Thanos sitting "on a throne of skulls" and ruling the universe. To assert that he always wins, Thanos would've "tossed, like a bowling ball, Captain America's severed skull head, still in the cowl, to Captain America," explained Kevin Feige. While they never filmed the scene, Kevin said, "I think it ended up in a set of pages at one point in the script. There might be a piece of concept art somewhere with it."


2.Avengers: Age of Ultron nearly featured Pietro surviving Ultron's attack in Sokovia and becoming an Avenger alongside Wanda — in fact, Aaron Taylor-Johnson filmed two alternate scenes.

Pietro saying, "You didn't see that coming"

Director and writer Joss Whedon said they filmed a scene where Pietro wakes up after being shot and says something like, "Ah, I didn’t really die from these 47 bullet wounds!" Joss also explained, "We did actually shoot him in the last scene, in an outfit, with his sister." These scenes were shot in case Marvel/Disney overruled Joss's decision to kill Pietro.


3.The Black Widow post-credits scene, which features Yelena whistling at Natasha's grave, almost included us hearing a whistle back.

Yelena whistling at Natasha's grave

Director Cate Shortland said they "talked about" putting Natasha's whistle into the post-credits scene, which is something fans now wish would've happened because it could've meant that Natasha, somehow, was still alive after Avengers: Endgame. Of course, Yelena's whistle doesn't get a response, but instead we learn about her involvement with Valentina and her new quest to hunt down Clint Barton.


4.In WandaVision, there was originally going to be an episode about Wanda's work-life balance in the style of The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

Wanda repeating, "I'm fine"

Jac Schaeffer's original pitch for WandaVision included this homage to The Mary Tyler Moore Show, but the episode was scrapped once it became clear that the show was stronger if it tracked Wanda going through the five stages of grief, so a work episode didn't really fit in.

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5.Also, the WandaVision series finale was going to include a storyline where Darcy, Monica, Billy, and Tommy team up in Agatha's basement to fight Señor Scratchy, who turned into a demon.

Vision telling the boys he and Wanda didn't prepare them for a fight, but Wanda assuring them they were "born for it"

Director Matt Shakman said, "We abandoned it pretty early on, because we were reformatting the structure of the finale and it no longer really had a place, despite having done some great shooting on it."

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6.In Thor: Ragnarok, there was originally going to be a quick scene where we see a woman leaving Valkyrie's bedroom, thus confirming her bisexuality on screen.

Valkyrie trying to grab one of her fellow Valkyrie as she's stabbed

Taika Waititi and Tessa Thompson fought to keep this small scene in Thor: Ragnarok as long as possible before it eventually had to be cut because it "distracted from the scene's vital exposition." Even though Valkyrie's bisexuality hasn't explicitly been addressed on screen yet, Tessa played her that way throughout Thor: Ragnarok. She said, "There’s a great shot of me falling back from one of my sisters who’s just been slain. In my mind, that was my lover."


7.The writers toyed with a scene where after Hulk uses the Infinity Stones in Avengers: Endgame, he would've appeared in the Soulworld and Bruce Banner and Hulk would've talked face-to-face.

Hulk wielding the Infinity Gauntlet

Writer Christopher Markus said the conversation was written, but the idea was scrapped before they even filmed the scene. He joked, "Ruffalo showed up, but Hulk wouldn't come out of his trailer."


8.In Avengers: Endgame, Natasha almost had a storyline that focused on her running an organization in DC that was in charge of taking care of children who were orphaned after The Blip.

Natasha crying

Director Anthony Russo said, "One thing that we talked about a lot is just the idea that one quarter of all children have no parents. Assuming you started with two parents."


9.The Spider-Man: Far From Home writers played with the idea of Peter revealing his own identity during the final battle in order to defeat Mysterio, instead of being surprised when Mysterio did it in the post-credits scene.

Mysterio saying, "Spider-Man's name is Peter Parker"

Writer Chris McKenna said, "We played with the idea that Peter is the one who sacrifices his identity out of necessity during the final battle, then it seemed more interesting if Mysterio tricks him into doing it, but any time we wrote a version where he was being revealed to the world in that battle, it felt like it diminished the victory. So before it became a tag, it was really just the end of the movie."

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10.Black Panther was supposed to feature a scene where Okoye and W'Kabi talk about their plan to have children and the future of Wakanda.

Okoye telling W'Kabi, "For Wakanda? Without question"

The scene would've come after T'Challa was defeated by Killmonger and it was meant to demonstrate that Okoye and W'Kabi were a husband and wife who were on different sides of this battle. Ryan Coogler said although the performances from Danai Gurira and Daniel Kaluuya were incredible, the moment "just didn't work inside the confines" of the film.


11.Avengers: Endgame almost featured a post-credits scene where Wanda finds Vision's body in a morgue after she returns from being dusted by Thanos. Of course, a similar moment happens in WandaVision.

Wanda repeating, "I can't feel you"

Paul Bettany revealed, "At one point, there was going to be a tag where [Wanda] opened a sort of body bag drawer and there was the Vision." Paul ended up being super bummed the moment was scrapped from Endgame because he wanted to be in the movie, even if it was just a short scene with Elizabeth Olsen. There were also talks to include this scene at the beginning of Endgame, if Wanda wasn't dusted.

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12.During the early drafts of the Avengers: Endgame script, there was a storyline that involved Wanda, who was actually going to survive Thanos's snap, going on a road trip with Rocket to find an Infinity Stone.

Vision telling Wanda, "It's all right. You could never hurt me. I just feel you"

Writer Christopher Markus said that there were "whole drafts" that included this storyline, but after they came up with Vision and Wanda's heartbreaking plot in Avengers: Infinity War, this Wanda and Rocket storyline felt out of character for Wanda since she was devastated by Vision's death. So this plot was scrapped and Wanda ended up being dusted.


13.Avengers: Age of Ultron nearly featured the introduction of Captain Marvel during the final scene at the Avengers compound.

Steve and Natasha looking at Wanda, Vision, Rhodey, and Sam

They even filmed a scene with a Captain Marvel stand-in, just in case they wanted to cast the role and have her make her big introduction to the MCU right then. Talking about why they shelved Captain Marvel's Age of Ultron introduction, Kevin Feige said, "It would have done that character a disservice, to meet her fully formed, in a costume and part of the Avengers already when 99% of the audience would go, 'Who is that?'"


14.There was a version of Avengers: Infinity War that actually involved Spider-Man and Sam Wilson swapping places — basically, Spider-Man didn't go to space, but Sam did.

Peter clinging to Tony and saying, "I don't wanna go. I don't wanna go, sir. Please"

Writer Christopher Markus explained that "it was fun" and "interesting" to see their roles reversed, but it ultimately didn't pack the emotional punch they wanted. Having Spider-Man in space with Tony and Sam in Wakanda with Steve, Bucky, Natasha, Vision, and Wanda allowed their scenes to be more emotional because they were with people who really "knew them."


15.During the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. series finale, there was going to be a reference to Avengers: Infinity War that would've explained that these characters weren't affected by Thanos's snap because they were on a different timeline.

Thanos snapping his fingers vs. Coulson and his team talking

Up until Infinity War and Endgame, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. followed the plot of the MCU movies pretty closely — they had entire seasons dedicated to HYDRA, mentioned Nick Fury's death, and even discussed the Sokovia Accords — so it's no surprise they tried to add in reasoning as to why The Blip never occured. Showrunner Jed Whedon said, "We're following the multiverse rule. The only way that someone survives Thanos's snap in the movies is go into the quantum realm, and we originally did plan to give that a mention — because we used the quantum realm to move between timelines — but it got cut for time."

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16.Originally, Avengers: Endgame included a scene with Tony visiting the Soulworld after snapping away Thanos, and he would've had a conversation with an older version of Morgan, who was played by Katherine Langford.

Morgan telling Tony "I love You" in the Soulword and Tony saying, "I love you 3,000"

Director Anthony Russo revealed the reasoning behind cutting this moment, saying, "We realized that we didn't feel an emotional association with his adult daughter...It wasn't ringing to us [or] resonating with us on an emotional level."


17.Doctor Strange was going to include a flashback scene where we saw Donna, Stephen's sister, dying when they were younger.

Stephen and Christine talking in a hospital

In the comics, Donna drowns and it impacts Stephen greatly. Director Scott Derrickson revealed that they actually filmed that scene because he felt it was "instrumental in [Stephen] becoming a doctor," but the moment didn't work in the final edit. Lulu Wilson, who is best known from The Haunting of Hill House and Sharp Objects, was even cast as Donna.


18.The Avengers nearly had a scene where Steve and Peggy, in present day, discuss him leaving and missing their dance at the end of Captain America: The First Avenger.

An older Peggy telling Steve, "I have lived a life. My only regret is that you didn't get to live yours"

Director and writer Joss Whedon said he penned a "beautiful and poignant" scene between the two, but it was ultimately cut because it was "killing the rhythm of the thing." Eventually, Peggy and Steve did get a scene in present day in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but it was a little different.


19.In Thor: Ragnarok, Hela was supposed to be the one to kill Odin, instead of us seeing him die peacefully surrounded by Thor and Loki.

Odin saying, "Remember this place. Home" and Hela saying, "So he's gone. That's a shame. I would've liked to have seen that"

The moment, which was released as a deleted scene, featured Odin giving his powers to Thor and allowing them to escape before Hela arrived. As Thor and Loki left, Hela stabbed Odin and killed him.


20.An original idea for Avengers: Infinity War included Doctor Strange sending Thanos through a mindscape — like the Ancient One did to Doctor Strange — and he would've had to face the Living Tribunal.

Stephen traveling through the multiverse and a close-up on the Living Tribunal's statue head

Writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely explained that they cut the idea pretty early on, but it was brought up because they didn't want to lose "the psychedelic nature of the [Jim] Starlin universe." So, Doctor Strange was going to show Thanos all of his mistakes, and at the end, Thanos would've faced the Living Tribunal. In Loki Episode 5, you can actually spot a statue of the Living Tribunal's head in The Void. In the Marvel comics, the Living Tribunal's purpose is to protect and keep the balance in the multiverse.


21.And finally, the "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" montage at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy almost featured a moment with Grandpa Quill looking up at the stars.

Peter Quill listening to the song vs. Grandpa Quill talking to a young Peter

Director and writer James Gunn said they ended up cutting the scene because they were "a little afraid people wouldn't recognize that it was him from the beginning of the movie," and it was also a pretty sad moment for such a hopeful ending. He explained that the scene would've shown Grandpa Quill clutching a photo of Meredith and little Peter while looking at the stars, thus signifying that he might've seen that Peter got abducted all those years ago.

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