If you simply can’t get enough Avengers: Endgame content, perhaps you want to sign up to Disney+ as soon as it comes out, because they’ve got their hands on some deleted scenes, including one where Tony Stark – that’s Iron Man to you and I – meets his grown-up daughter.
Just when you thought that Robert Downey Jr’s performance in the Marvel epic couldn’t be any more emotional, the folks behind the movie reveal that they actually had more tear-jerking footage in the tank that they didn’t use.
However, despite what we know about that scene, it wasn’t originally supposed to be the last we saw of Stark.
You see, this deleted scene features Katherine Langford – who you might remember from 13 Reasons Why – as Tony Stark and Pepper Potts’ adult daughter Morgan.
Following his tragic – and more than a little heroic – demise, Tony is taken to the metaphysical world beyond.
If you’re not sure what that is, remember the place that Thanos went to immediately after he snapped his fingers and wiped out half the universe in Infinity War?
It’s basically that place.
Because the Infinity Stones, when together, form a pretty impressive bit of kit, Tony is able – in this weird hinterland – to have a chat to a version of Morgan from the future.
During the conversation, Morgan assures her dad that she’ll grow up to be fine, despite the fact that he’s gone.
She tells him: “I’m happy that we had the time that we did, and that you were there for me…until you couldn’t be.”
Tony responds: “If you’re happy, I’m happy.”
Morgan then tells her dad that she loves him, to which Tony – and you can see what’s coming here – responds: “I love you, 3000.”
Emotional stuff, right?
If you’re wondering why the film’s directors, Joe and Anthony Russo, decided that this heartwarming/breaking scene didn’t deserve a place in the final cut, they’ve actually explained this during the directors commentary.
They admitted that this scene with Morgan ‘felt similar’ to the next scene, in which Tony Stark basically gives his own eulogy.
Unfortunately for fans of comic-book schmaltz, the directorial duo thought that it ‘ground the movie to a halt’.
Have a heart, lads.
Furthermore, they added that the audience – for the most part – would have no real emotional connection to the adult Morgan.
Tony Russo explained: “Because this adult version of Morgan, his daughter, was never in the film, as we would watch it in post we started to feel like we didn’t have a lot of emotional connection, even though this is a wonderful actor, to the character because we’d never seen her before.”
The good news is, this does open up the Marvel Cinematic Universe to the potential of Morgan reappearing in later films.
If you want to catch this, unfortunately UK customers will have to wait until 2020 for the release of Disney+. However, on March 31 next year, you’ll have the entire Disney and Marvel world at your fingertips.