Avengers: Infinity War has been out just over a month, but there may still be some secrets left to find by the time it gets a home release later this year. One of the easter eggs was clearly visible to fans early in the movie. But according to Infinity War co-directors Anthony and Joe Russo, that particular gag was killed by Disney before it could be put into effect.
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Near the beginning of Infinity War, Tony Stark reluctantly retrieves the flip phone sent to him by Steve Rogers after their conflict in Captain America: Civil War. For a few brief seconds, Cap’s phone number (678-136-7092) is visible on screen. If the Russos had their way, fans would have been able to call the number.
“We actually had intended to create a fake voicemail from Steve Rogers,” said Joe Russo while speaking to the Huffington Post. “For the people that left the theater and called that number, they would get a voicemail from Steve Rogers.”
“And that number was the actual number that we were going to use. We were sort of given that number,” added Anthony Russo. “We had it all ready to go, but legal took that away from us.”
It’s hard to imagine why Disney’s legal department had a problem with the plan. Other movies, including The Disaster Artist, have run similar campaigns based around real phone numbers controlled by performers and the marketing team. The opportunity to do it in the MCU seems to have been lost for now. Even if Stark still had the phone, it would be a pretty long distance call from Titan to Earth!
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