Even with so much new material to go crazy about from the MCU over the past couple of weeks, including new set videos from Disney+ productions and the very first trailer for WandaVision, there’s always enough time to look back on the classics. The classics are, of course, what have kept the fan base going through the most trying year in recent memory, and the MCU has more content to look back on than almost any other in existence.
Throughout the last few months, actors and crew have been releasing never-before-seen set videos and behind-the-scenes looks at the Infinity Saga on a pretty consistent basis to give something back to the fans. Another of these videos has just released, and it’s one centered around one of the most highly anticipated moments from the MCU’s biggest movie to date.
In a new post on Instagram from stunt coordinator Monique Ganderton, a behind-the-scenes video from Avengers: Endgame has been released featuring stuntmen Akihiro Haga and Kyle McLean performing choreography for the Ronin/Akihiko fight in Tokyo, Japan.
The two are seen in this 60-second video going all out practicing the katana fight in broad daylight instead of a rain-filled night, with cameras rolling around them to capture the action perfectly. The full video can be seen below:
This fight was an absolutely incredible sequence in terms of both its physical action on-screen and the cinematography used to capture it on film. In the final cut of Avengers: Endgame, this scene included nearly 100 consecutive seconds of footage without any cuts whatsoever, and it perfectly set up the desperate lengths to which Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye had gone in order to protect the world after his family was turned to dust.
While it’s still unknown how much of the action in the final cut was done by stunt doubles and how much was done by Renner and Akihiko actor Hiroyuki Sananda, the fight turned out to be an amazing action sequence nonetheless. Fans are now simply waiting for the MCU’s return to see more of this action, asking as well if we will see more of this type of fighting in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings in 2021.