Robert Downey Jr. has shared some behind-the-scenes footage from Avengers: Endgame, giving a new perspective to one of the film’s most climactic scenes – along with a gentle smooch which was omitted from the finished product.
Taking to Instagram, RDJ revealed what the set looked like when Iron Man was reunited with his impish protégé Spider-Man (Tom Holland) during Endgame‘s final battle.
Through piles of debris and before a mammoth green screen, the stars embraced for their big reunion. Old mate then gave Holland a little peck on the cheek.
Fans have expressed their appreciation for the paternal affection displayed in the clip, but have also wondered why that little moment didn’t make its way into the film’s final cut.
ROBERT DOWNEY JR REALLY KISSED TOM HOLLAND'S CHEEK WHEN THEY SHOT THE HUGGING SCENE???? AND THEY DIDNT PUT THAT IN ENDGAME????? WE WERE ROBBED!!!! FUCKING ROBBED I TELL YOU!!!! pic.twitter.com/L7IsDFy5Rr— ⎊ bread ⎊ ~ saw endgame (@breaddleston) May 12, 2019
do the russo brothers deserve rights after they cut the Dad Kiss from endgame? discuss— val ⎊ (@inbblue) May 12, 2019
Robert Downey Jr kissed Tom Holland on the cheek when filming Endgame but they didn’t include it in the movie WHAT KIND OF BULLSHIT— bee ⍟ (@brxndoncross) May 12, 2019
BRO IRON MAN KISSED SPIDERMAN ON THE CHEEK WHILE HUGGING HIM AND MARVEL DIDN’T KEEP THAT???!?!!? COME ON NOW— Fayth Marie Smith (@faythieboo) May 12, 2019
Why were we deprived of seeing tony kiss peter on the cheek in endgame pic.twitter.com/fTZz0gQrGf— Josie ⎊ (@gotgstark) May 12, 2019
Unfortunately for those fans, it is unlikely the peck will emerge in Blu-Ray and digital releases of the film.
Speaking to Collider about the prospect of a director’s cut adding even more footage to Endgame‘s three-hour runtime, co-director Joe Russo said “We have almost everything in this movie that we shot,” adding “I think [the first cut] was slightly shorter than this.”
That doesn’t mean the stars themselves haven’t shared glimpses.
Late last month, Chris Pratt shared a very sneaky bit of footage showing just about every major Marvel hero gallivanting before that goliath green screen – including Holland and Downey Jr., who may well have been discussing their scene together.
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I remember being blown away in this moment on the @avengers set. Nobody was allowed to film anything on their phones. I said screw it. No rule was going to stop me from seizing this once in a lifetime opportunity to capture this collection of stars, a groupthat likely will never be in the same room again. We are so blessed.