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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Writers Explain Why The Film Ended The Way It Did
By Mikelle Leow, 03 May 2018
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Not even ridiculous sex toys or bootleg action figures can absolve the emotions garnered from the profound ending in Avengers: Infinity War.
Even though it’s been a week since the film’s premiere, there’s no doubt that confusions are still high. Thankfully, its screenwriters have weighed in on why it ended the way it did.
Warning: spoilers ahead. Look away if you haven’t watched the movie. Otherwise, scroll down to have some of your questions answered.
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In Avengers: Infinity War, ‘Thanos’—played by Josh Brolin—successfully obtains all six infinity stones. With a snap of his fingers, half the universe is wiped out of existence, including major characters who lead their own movies.
There was no question that ‘Thanos’ would eventually have his way—even if it meant breaking viewers’ hearts. Telling The Hollywood Reporter, screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely said they wanted to commit to the devastating tone intended for the movie.
“From the very beginning, [Marvel president Kevin Feige] said, ‘Don’t be afraid of that move. It’s okay to go there, and let’s go there,’” explained McFeely. The fact that Avengers 4 is already underway just makes it seem more untimely. Nonetheless, the creators wanted the wipeout to be clean-cut and impactful, so they felt it had to happen only at the end of this film.
Markus told BuzzFeed News, “Even if the end is a tragedy, we wanted it to be definitive. To say, ‘Oh my gosh, what’s he going to do?! He's only got one [infinity stone] left! I wonder if he’ll get the other one!’ That just seemed like ‘Tune in next week’ jerking around.”
‘Thanos’ actually succeeded on his quest in the Infinity Gauntlet comic series in 1991, so it was really a matter of time before the story of this “hero” was retold.
“This is the hero’s journey for ‘Thanos’,” McFeely said. “By the end of the hero’s journey, our main character, our protagonist— at least, in this case—gets what he wants.”
If you also wondered why several of the characters who died had the most screen time, it’s because its writers felt the rest would be better served in Avengers 4.
“We had so many characters in movie one, and we knew it was a two-movie conversation,” said McFeely. “Some characters were better served in movie two after this event. We were making some choices based on some characters we knew were going to leave us at the end of the first movie, so they got highlighted in the first movie.”
“[S]ome who were going to be in the second movie more maybe got less attention or less screen time [in Infinity War]—I’m thinking of ‘Cap’ and ‘Natasha’, specifically.”
And while Infinity War “broke your heart,” Markus said the next film will “blow your mind!”
[via Syfy and BuzzFeed News, images via Marvel]
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