It’s not easy creating a film comprised of multiple storylines, multiple planets, and over 30 characters billed as the main cast. Somehow though, the creators of Infinity War made it happen in a clear and cohesive way.
Arguably the biggest feat was writing the script that brought together the characters featured in the last 10 years, and this was done by screenwriters Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus in partnership with the Russo brothers, of course. As one can imagine, this process probably took plenty of work, trial, and error in order to get all the pieces to fit just right.
For screenwriting, this comes in the form of multiple script drafts that didn’t necessarily make the final cut of the film. Luckily, the cast needed a bunch of fake scripts to keep them off the scent of the real story, but that doesn’t mean that some of the ideas left out were not good ones.
In fact, one of the scrapped ideas was a reunion of two characters that sorely needed it: Captain America and Iron Man. After the series of events in Civil War, the two Avengers had not seen each other in quite some time. So, in one draft of the script, the screenwriters had the two of them meet once more, something that never happened in the final film.
No doubt a meeting with that much pent up aggression and intensity would have needed some time and attention paid to it in the script. In Infinity War, the creators made the decision to save that fateful meeting for another time. There were bigger fish to fry in this first film, so to speak.
In the home media commentary, director Joe Russo and screenwriter Stephen McFeely spoke about this unused (but very interesting nonetheless) scenario:
Joe Russo: “Now, what’s interesting about these characters is that they are all heroes. And that, irrespective of the events of Civil War, and the fact that they caused physical damage to Rhodey, when aliens show up with the intent to destroy the Earth, he does not hesitate, as a hero, to invite in other heroes who can help him defend the planet. And I think it will be a much different situation if Tony were here. If Tony and Steve had to see each other for the first time, it would be much more complicated.”
Stephen McFeely: “Which is why we didn’t do it. We tried in a few drafts and it ground things to a halt.”
Ultimately, Cap’s first entrance in the film was among Vision, Wanda Maximoff, Sam Wilson, and Black Widow. As fans know, Tony and Cap still have yet to see each other since the fight in Civil War but there’s nothing like watching many of your friends die before your eyes to mend an estranged friendship! Guess we will have to hold our breaths for that reunion scene in Avengers 4.