Seeing Tilda Swinton reprise her role as the Ancient One was a real treat in ‘Avengers: Endgame‘ but the actress has shared that her part was completely changed in reshoots. We’ve long heard that The Russo Brothers and co-writers Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus didn’t always agree on how time travel worked in the film and it sounds like this could be the basis of these reshoots along with a change to how they ended Captain America’s story in the movie.
The audience weren’t the only ones surprised by Swinton return:
“It was a surprise to me, too! And it was a pleasure. But what was a real surprise was, we shot it one summer day, and then over a year later, I went back to reshoot it because a couple of lines had been changed, a couple of plot points had been changed. And there was a tweaking of my costume.”
What the plot points were ended up being a “plot thing” that involved what details she would share with Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk. She said that they were “all about that very, very important” timeline example which was used to describe what would happen from moving the Time Stone to a different point in the timeline. The critical piece added played directly into the ending as they added in “the information that the Ancient One holds about the nature of the [Infinity] Stones, that they have to be put back, because otherwise…” At this point, she made a noise and gesture to demonstrate the timeline splitting.
Without these critical pieces of information, we wouldn’t have had to have a time-traveling Captain America at the end of ‘Avengers: Endgame’ that would allow him to reunite with Peggy Carter and live out the life he had dreamed about.
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