'Avengers: Endgame' script reveals a cut detail that explains Thor's misery
There was more to Thor's downward spiral than we realized.
Avengers: Endgame saw Earth’s mightiest heroes grappling with the loss of half the population after Thanos’ snap. However, no one was as visibly affected by the disaster than Thor, who spent the majority of the film being depressed. However, the original Endgame script was released online and may have revealed another reason for Thor’s state in the film.
Five years after the Decimation, Thor was a beer-bellied, pizza-eating guy who had shut everyone out of his life. He even stopped ruling over what remained of the Asgardians. Though his sadness was mined for laughs, Thor’s depression post-Thanos proved to be one of the most heartbreaking storylines in Endgame.
In preparation for awards consideration, Walt Disney Studios has released the film’s original screenplay and it reveals that Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster was actually among the snap victims.
Here’s how it reads in the original script:
A HOLO-DISPLAY ROTATING THROUGH FACES OF PEOPLE WE’VE LOST:
NATASHA: World governments are in pieces, as you can imagine. But the parts that still work are trying to take a census. It looks like he did what he said he was going to do.
JANE FOSTER. ERIK SELVIG. WONG. DR. STRANGE. THE BARTON FAMILY. QUILL. DRAX. MANTIS. GROOT. PETER PARKER.
While the scene in the script still made it into Endgame, it was tweaked for the film and only included some of the listed names. It’s set after Captain Marvel saves Tony Stark from space and brings him back to Earth. The remaining Avengers confer to update Tony on the losses, while Thor sits outside alone. The writing definitely makes it seem like Thor already knew Jane was gone, even though confirmation of her death never made it into the film.
This scene would have taken place before Thor beheaded Thanos, so it’s possible her loss only compounded Thor’s sense of defeat. After it became clear the snap couldn’t be undone, Thor seemingly abandoned all hope he’d ever see Jane again and left.
The addition of dusted characters sheds more light on Thor’s emotional state, and why he got so sad thinking about Jane later in the film. If you recall, while the Avengers are concocting their time travel plan, Thor is in the midst of revealing what happened with the Aether before he became sad once more. It’s apparent now that Jane’s loss was the reason why.
In the scene, Thor explains how the Aether found its way inside Jane and that’s why he brought her to Asgard in Thor: The Dark World. “We were dating… we’re not anymore,” Thor said sadly. Without context, this Endgame scene seemed to reference Thor and Jane’s supposed break-up. However, now that we know Jane actually disappeared in Thanos’ snap, it makes Thor’s state of mind in Endgame that much clearer.
Avengers: Endgame is now available to own on DVD/Blu-ray and digital.