While tweeting from the ComicBook.com account tonight for a Quarantine Watch Party screening of Avengers: Endgame, writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely shared a behind-the-scenes photo from Reginald VelJohnson's sequence. Don't remember it? That's probably because the scene was cut from the theatrical version of Avengers: Endgame, and then restored for its brief, second theatrical run that helped it surpass Avatar as the highest-grossing film of all time. The scene was to have been the original introduction of the "Professor Hulk" character, who instead later appeared in a scene in a diner, where he was taking selfies with other customers.
The original scene, in which Hulk was rescuing people from a fire while Die Hard actor VelJohnson looked on, took about a week to film, but ultimately didn't make it into the final cut. The writers, though, still liked it and were pretty excited by their Die Hard tribute.
"I did that part Matt, and then they said they were going to cut me out," VelJohnson recently told ComicBook.com. "I was so depressed, I didn't go see the movie when it first came out, cause I was so depressed that they said I wasn't in it anymore because you know, my scene took a week to film, and I was with some good people and we did the scene and collaborated and I thought that this was going to be something good, then they said they cut me out. I was so upset man."
You can see Markus and McFeely's comments below.
This diner scene is a lovely intro for Smart Hulk, but so was our loving tribute to Die Hard. Reginald Vel Johnson, ladies and gentlemen, REGINALD VEL JOHNSON. -CM #AvengersAssemble #QuarantineWatchParty pic.twitter.com/HEalw0RrFe— Markus & McFeely on CB (@ComicBook) April 27, 2020
A Die Hard nod in the middle of Endgame may have felt a little out of place to some, since Marvel's movies aren't necessarily chock full of pop culture references, Guardians of the Galaxy notwithstanding. Still, it's a fun sequence and you can see why the writers might have become a little attached to it.
Quarantine Watch Party, something set up by ComicBook.com's Brandon Davis to help people pass the time while they are sheltering at home and unable to go to the movies or a restaurant, have been a huge success, mostly rewatching Marvel and DC movies from the last few years. Tonight, fans could watch Endgame and tweet along with the Russo Bothers and fans from around the world on Twitter using the hashtag #QuarantineWatchParty.
Also on hand were the film's writers, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, and stars including Cassie Lang actress Emma Fuhrmann. This is the second half of an epic two-night watch party event celebrating the releases of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, the films which culminated the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Infinity Saga.
Avengers: Endgame is now available to stream on Disney+ Avengers: Infinity War will hit the platform on June 25th.