Over the course of a film's production, changes can happen. They're almost inevitable. Sometimes, what fans see in the trailer for a movie isn't always used in the final cut, even if it contains a seemingly iconic shot. Such was the case in Avengers: Infinity War — where one of the trailer's most recognizable group scenes was actually conceived of with only the trailer in mind, not the theatrical release.
In an appearance on MTV's Happy Sad Confused podcast, Infinity War directors Joe and Anthony Russo confirmed that the team-up shot of the Avengers in Wakanda —which features a shot (at the 2:00 mark of the trailer below) of the Show Spoiler Hulk sans Hulkbuster suit that was never in the final film —was only intended to appear in the trailer.
"That shot that you're referencing was never in the movie in the version that you saw. It was never even created for the movie in that version. It was literally created in that version for the trailer," Anthony Russo said.
Part of the reason? Fans are just too smart for their own good. "You have to be very smart about how you cast a trailer," Joe Russo added, "'cause an audience can watch a trailer and basically tell you what’s gonna happen in the film." In other words, if the Show Spoiler Hulkbuster suit had made an appearance in the trailer, fans might have been able to piece together more details ahead of Infinity War's premiere.
The solution, then, is to retool a shot that won't appear in the movie, presumably to throw fans off the scent, as Joe Russo confirmed: "At our disposal are lots of different shots that aren’t in the movie that we can manipulate through CG, to tell a story that we want to tell… specifically for the purpose of the trailer, and not for the film."
Keen viewers might also know by this point that one of Thanos' quotes from the Infinity War trailer ("Fun isn’t something one considers when balancing the universe, but this does put a smile on my face") never showed up in the movie either, but the Russos shared that it was originally intended to be a part of Gamora's first confrontation with Thanos; it was replaced by a more "characterful" line of dialogue.
It's not the first time Marvel has included a scene in a trailer and not the finished product; the Spider-Man: Homecoming featured a shot of Spider-Man and Iron Man zipping around New York City which never appeared in the final film.
What do you think? Does this feel like false advertising, or do you appreciate the filmmakers doing their best not to spoil anything?