‘Avengers: Endgame’: Fans Ended Up Loving the ‘Most Controversial Joke’ within the Movie

by Jeremy Spirogis
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In Avengers: Endgame, followers beloved the “America’s A**” joke when Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, Bruce Banner, and Scott Lang traveled again in time to the Battle of New York. The joke impressed memes throughout social media, however the working gag virtually didn’t make it into the Marvel movie.

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The joke in ‘Avengers: Endgame’ was ‘controversial’

During the Battle of New York, Tony Stark feedback on Steve Rogers’ outdated uniform and says, “Mr. Rogers, I almost forgot that that suit did nothing for your a**.”

“No one asked you to look, Tony,” Steve Rogers replies.

Scott Lang then defends him and says, “I think you look great, Cap. As far as I’m concerned that’s America’s a**.”

A couple of minutes later, Steve Rogers defeats his previous self in a combat. He appears to be like at his personal behind and says, “That is America’s a**.”

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While the working joke and Steve Rogers’ line particularly drew massive laughs, the joke was not a shoo-in to be included within the closing model of Avengers: Endgame.

In the commentary for the digital launch of the film, director Joe Russo stated the working joke was “probably the most controversial joke in the whole movie.”

The director added, “Controversial for all of us… That was hotly debated.”

How the joke got here to be in ‘Avengers: Endgame’

In an interview with SYFY WIRE, Avengers: Endgame screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely discussed the method behind the working gag.

“It sort of grew on its own,” stated Markus. “The very first thing that was there was Tony Cap’s horrible Avengers outfit and going, ‘that suit does nothing for your a**.’ That stood by itself for some time, after which Ant-Man was added to the scene, and he stated, ‘I think that’s America’s a**.’ And that was the joke for some time.”

During reshoots for the film, Steve Rogers saying his iconic joke was added.

“We redid the Cap on Cap fight, the ending of it, and that helped us tremendously,” McFeely stated. “And then we needed to get out of that scene a little differently, and there [2012 Cap] was, slumped on the ground with his butt in the air.”

“He was certainly okay with calling attention to that outfit,” McFeely stated about actor Chris Evans. “It wasn’t his favorite.”

“It’s rare that you can find a joke for Captain America to tell that [is] in-character as Captain America because he doesn’t do a lot of non-sequitur smart remarks,” Markus stated. “So I think Chris is happy when you can get something funny that stays in the Cap wheelhouse.”

What Kevin Feige stated concerning the inclusion of the joke

In 2019, govt producer Trinh Tran and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige answered followers’ questions concerning the film in a Vudu Viewing Party. During the occasion, Feige revealed that Scott Lang’s protection of Steve Rogers was not initially included in Avengers: Endgame.

“Ant-Man’s line was not in [the film] for quite a while,” Feige stated. However, it was then included in a spherical of viewings with check audiences. “It killed. It killed instantly. Every time, without question.”

While the joke delivered by Scott Lang was included after that, some nonetheless hesitated to incorporate Steve Rogers saying “That is America’s a**” earlier than lastly deciding to incorporate it.

“Let’s be honest, we questioned, ‘Is it in the character of Steve Rogers to make a comment on his own a**?’ And the thought was, ‘Yes it works, and the audience likes it,’ but also, we were building a version of Steve who was growing, who was loosening up,” stated Feige. “It was part of a character shift to get to the decision he makes at the end of the movie to stay with Peggy, and get some of that life Tony was always telling him to get.”

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