Marvel Just Retconned Avengers: Endgame's Cap & Nat Scene

By Russ Milheim Updated:
Avengers: Endgame, Captain America, Black Widow

Marvel just retconned a new scene into Avengers: Endgame that was never in the original 2019 film.

With a big event crossover movie, it’s easy to always want more. After all, who doesn’t want to see these MCU heroes continually interact?

This is especially true following Phase 4, which featured very little in that regard.

The latest Avengers film was certainly the MCU’s peak when it comes to crossovers, and now, four years later, it has even more new interactions to enjoy.

Scott Lang Offers Extended Conversation With Natasha and Steve

Avengers Endgame Scott Lang, Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanoff

In Marvel's new book Look Out for The Little Guy, the same one seen in Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania written by Scott Lang himself, the size-changing hero revealed an extended discussion between himself, Captain America, and Black Widow during the events of Avengers: Endgame— retconning the reunion between the trio of heroes.

Rather than Scott just explaining the Quantum Realm to his fellow Avengers while enjoying a sandwich as depicted in Endgame, the in-universe memoir revealed that a whole other discussion occurred, retconning new details into the lead-up to the trio's interaction.

Scott shared that the conversation started the only way it possibly could: in silence.

Nat began, asking Scott if he knew about the Infinity Stones:

Natasha: “You know about the Infinity Stones, right?”

Scott: “Yes. Five stones of extraordinary power.”

Natasha: “Six. So for some time, Thanos has been gathering them all, because whoever has all six in their possession can do enormous damage to the universe.”

It’s unclear how Scott might know about the Infinity Stones, but perhaps his daughter Cassie told him while she was informing her father about the current situation on Earth.

Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff and Chris Evans as Steve Rogers in Avengers: Endgame
Marvel Studios

In response to Black Widow’s explanation, Scott offers up his confusion, which Cap helps clear up:

Scott: “Which explains the… missing people?”

Steve: "That maniac took out half of all life. Not just on Earth. In the universe.”

Natasha: “Thanos apparently decided that the universe can’t support so much life, so he was going to cull the whole thing down to size.”

Scott: “So, he… actually managed to get all six Stones?”

Steve: “From everywhere. He beat down Thor and the Hulk to get one. He even somehow got one from Doctor Strange!”

Natasha tells Scott that “it gets even worse,” and, of course, she isn’t wrong:

Natasha: "It gets even worse. What he was willing to do to get them. He killed most of the Asgardians who’d just barely escaped Ragnarok. He tortured one daughter and sacrificed another. He ripped the Mind Stone right out of Vision’s forehead. Fatally."

Scott: “Wow.”

Cap: “We tried to stop Thanos. We made a massive last stand in Wakanda. An incredible effort, even by our standards. Managed to pick off some of his generals. But we didn’t…”

Cap’s words fade out, with Scott noting how it’s clear that there is so much hurt within Steve Rogers right now.

Natasha picks up the conversation, making it clear that “[they] fought as hard as [they] possibly could:”

Nat: ”We fought as hard as we possibly could, as hard as anyone could. And it still wasn’t enough! We lost so many. So many, even before the snap! We—”

Scott: “Sorry, the… what?”

Cap: “Once he obtained the Mind Stone, Thanos gathered all six into a custom-made gauntlet, this special glove that controls them. And then, with all the destructive forces of the universe combined into one place, he just did… this.”

Scott described Cap demonstrating by snapping his fingers, a move followed by a deep silence.

Paul Rudd as Scott Lang in Avengers: Endgame
Marvel Studios

After a beat, bewildered, Lang simply questions: “He… snapped his fingers?:”

Scott: “He… snapped his fingers? And everyone just went away?”

Natasha: “Half of everyone, but yeah. And we’ve spent the past five years trying to figure out the what, how, and what-hell-do-we-do-now.”

Scott: “How are… I mean, how is everyone… everyone who’s still…?”

Cap: "Thor and Banner both took it pretty hard… We haven’t been in contact, but we know Tony has visited Bruce a few times down in Mexico. Thor, we know he made it—but no one’s seen him since. Last I heard he was holed up in New Asgard.”

At that point, the scene picks up in the moment audiences see in the movie: Scott Lang presents his wild idea of time travel—which ends up being the saving grace of half the universe.

The More Avengers: Endgame, the Better

Scott Lang interacting with the Avengers felt like a big deal—and very much earned. So, this extended version of his conversation with Steve Rogers and Natasha Romanoff is likely exciting for many fans.

After all, a scene between those characters can never happen again. Not only is Chris EvansCaptain America now old and retired, but Black Widow is dead.

Many also enjoy those heavier story beats where the characters deal with the weight of the Blip and the circumstances that come with it.

Given how Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania went down, the size-changing hero will almost certainly have another very important conversation with other MCU icons about the Multiverse’s new threat: Kang the Conqueror. But who will Scott Lang need to confine in first?

Hopefully, he doesn’t end up missing a big chunk of a universal conflict like he did for Thanos’ crusade.

Quantumania and Avengers: Endgame are now streaming on Disney+.

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Release Date
July 09, 2021
- About The Author: Russ Milheim
Russ Milheim is the Industry Relations Coordinator at The Direct. On top of utilizing his expertise on the many corners of today’s entertainment to cover the latest news and theories, he establishes and maintains communication and relations between the outlet and the many studio and talent representatives.