Quicksilver Lives to Fight Another Day (Filmed)
As one of the few MCU deaths that stuck, the demise of Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Pietro Maximoff, aka Quicksilver, in Avengers: Age of Ultron is a real tear-jerker. While it was bad news for the star’s short tenure in the MCU, the Maximoff twins nearly survived the movie’s climax.
In case Disney overturned Joss Whedon’s decision to kill Quicksilver, there was an alternate ending where he survived being shot, as well as Pietro in a new uniform at the Avengers compound. Instead, a heartbroken Wanda Maximoff (complete with her OG accent) wept for her fallen sibling.
Quicksilver’s survival would’ve undoubtedly altered Wanda’s tragic arc, and we don’t see her being Multiverse of Madness’ big bad if she’d had her twin brother by her side. Also, without Quicksilver’s death, we’d never have got THAT Ralph Bohner reveal from WandaVision. Then again, that might’ve been for the best!
Thanos and the Living Tribunal (Scripted)
With a movie as massive as Avengers: Infinity War, it’s no surprise that more ideas got the chop than average. Alongside Bruce Banner turning into Smart Hulk during the Battle of Wakanda, and Wanda Maximoff surviving the Snap, another scripted idea that never came to pass was Thanos meeting the Living Tribunal.
Here, Doctor Strange messed with Mad Titan’s mind and sent him on a trippy mystery tour of his various crimes. Thanos was then going to be dumped in front of the three-faced judge of the Multiverse and determined guilty. In the end, the concept of the Living Tribunal was deemed “too big” to introduce here.
We did eventually get a glimpse of the Living Tribunal during Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ dimension hopping, as well as seeing a statue honouring it in Love and Thunder.