Warning: SPOILERS ahead for Avengers: Infinity War
Marvel Cinematic Universe mastermind, Kevin Feige approved of the shocking Avengers: Infinity War ending, writers Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus revealed. Officially earning the highest grossing opening of all time, the 19th installment of the franchise has been the talk of the town since it debuted last week. Part of the buzz results from how the ending that sets up next year's Avengers 4.
At the end of Infinity War, after a valiant effort from all heroes in the MCU (minus the Hulk), Thanos acquired all Infinity Stones and finally did the iconic snap on the big screen that wiped out half of the universe. That included several key characters in the movie, which made for an equally shocking and emotional moment for fans. It was an interesting choice for Marvel considering that one of its recurring criticisms is the lack of stakes in its films, but apparently Feige was on board for it from the beginning.
Speaking with THR on the heels of the massive success that Infinity War now enjoys, McFeely talked about the thought process of crafting the unexpected ending they went for in the film. Considering the state that the snap left the Avengers in, it's curious if it was something he and Markus had to fight for during the narrative's brainstorming. Apparently, he said that Feige backed up their decision from the get-go as the Marvel boss told them: "Don't be afraid of that move. It's OK to go there, and let's go there." Now that it's done "the question was, 'How do you get there? How do you bring the most story and emotion and pathos?' And was it going to be where it was? Do you do it at the end of the movie? Do you do it at some other spot?" he added.
Markus continued by saying that with the ending they went for, the focus of the story can now move from Thanos to the Avengers because, at the end of the day, that snap will be enacted on the big screen one way or another. If not, it would've felt like another cop-out from Marvel, something that they can't really do in this movie.
"There are still questions. What are they [The Avengers] going to do, and all those sorts of things. But if you had stopped it before he snapped his fingers, or with four stones, that really is just a pause button. That really is just going, 'What's he going to do?' 'Will your hero stop dangling from the cliff?' And we wanted to put a much more definitive 'Yes, this happens. Deal with it,' tone at the end of it, rather than jerk you around."
In hindsight, Avengers: Infinity War's ending isn't a traditional cliffhanger since there is a proper end to the whole story that the Russos were trying to tell in the film. Had they gone for a more held-back finale that ended just before or immediately after the snap without ever telling what happened to the heroes or to Thanos, people would understandably be more frustrated, because it wouldn't feel like a complete story. Now the conversation can go deeper than just wondering if the Mad Titan is able to acquire all the stones and what the snap would do. Now fans can start the discussion about the questions posed at the very end of the movie.
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