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Our boy, Devin Faraci of Bad Ass Digest, has been telling people for a while that Captain Marvel was supposed to make an appearance in Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. Now comes word that he was right (and wrong). Kevin Feige has revealed that yes, Whedon was planning on introducing the character at the end of the film and had even gone so far as to shoot visual FX plates for her. However, that idea would eventually get scrapped and the plates were used for a different flying character.

Read on, only if you don’t mind *SPOILERS*

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Here’s Feige discussing the whole thing, and revealing which character replaced Captain Marvel in that shot:

“There were drafts that maybe people somehow got their hands on and read early on that included some characters – maybe others, but certainly one, which is why it’s dangerous to read scripts early on, and talk about them early on…

[Captain Marvel] was in a draft. But to me, it would have done that character a disservice, to meet her fully formed, in a costume and part of the Avengers already when 99% of the audience would go, ‘Who is that?’ It’s just not the way we’ve done itbefore.

Thanos is the good ‘Who’s that,’ because he’s clearly a bad guy, for comic fans he represents a specific storyline, you can get the buzz started from fans to non-fans with that cameo – as opposed to a title character, who deserves their own story. Even Black Widow you don’t meet in the last two seconds ofIron Man 2 wearing her costume – you evolve that going forward.

The way we reveal Scarlet Witch [in costume] at the end of the movie? Those were Captain Marvel plate shots. Joss said, ‘We’ll cast her later!’ And I said, ‘Yeah Joss, we’ll cast her later.’ [Whispers to an invisible associate who isn’t Joss] ‘We’re not putting her in there!’

Finally Joss was like ‘Let’s use those plates to let Scarlet Witch fly into frame, give her a big entrance?’ And that makes sense – she’s come to their side, and she deserves the cool intro, which will feed into another movie we start shooting in a few weeks.”

So now you know the deal. When you see that shot on May 1 (or April 30, if you’re me), you’ll know what was really planned to happen there.

Also, before I conclude here, I’d like to take a moment to use Feige’s quote to explain something to our loyal readership. We, at times, are accused of “making stuff up.” There are a great many people on these here interwebs that love to laugh off our exclusives, act like we’re taking educated guesses, or claim we’re just flat out manufacturing stories. In reality, when something we share with you doesn’t pan out what we’re really guilty of is what Feige warned about in the first part of that quote.

[…]which is why it’s dangerous to read scripts early on, and talk about them early on…” he said. And, sadly, that’s what happens sometimes: We get our hands on a bit of information at the early stages of a project, we get excited about it, and we share it with you because we know you’re the most passionate fans around. Then, sometimes, the thing we reported gets scrapped, tweaked, or replaced. It’s one of the hazards of running a scoop-based site. It happens. I just hope there’s greater understanding about this in the future, because nothing grinds my gears more than people acting like we’re lying to you.

Anyway, back on topic: What do you think? Would the original plan have been too radical? Or would it have just been a fun “Nick Fury at the end of Iron Man“-style surprise? I, for one, don’t really know Captain Marvel from a hole in the wall so I probably would’ve been left a little “Meh” to it.

Discuss.

SOURCE: Bad Ass Digest