Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has revealed that Spider-Man's death scene in Avengers: Infinity War was filmed very early on during production. Peter Parker, along with half of all living beings in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, perished after Thanos finished collecting the Infinity Stones for his gauntlet and snapped his fingers in last year's Avengers movie. Of all the painful deaths that fans had to endure while watching Infinity War, however, Peter's was easily the worst for a whole lot of people. While watching Peter turn to dust was hard enough, the fact that he struggled to resist his passing and died in Tony Stark's arms made this particular superhero demise all the more emotionally wrenching.
In about a month, the surviving MCU superheroes (Tony included) will try and undo what Thanos did in the Infinity War sequel, Avengers: Endgame. Ahead of then, the creatives behind the two films (directors Anthony and Joe Russo included) have opened up a bit about the culminating chapter in the MCU and revealed some previously-unknown details about Infinity War. Indeed, as Feige has now explained, the filmmakers were planning to have Thanos' snap kill off some big names from the very beginning, Peter's included.
During an interview with Empire to promote Endgame, Feige talked about the test screenings for Infinity War and how audiences went dead-silent during The Decimation (as Thanos' snap is officially called). He went on to confirm that the plan was always to kill off several major superheroes in the movie and that Spider-Man's death was "filmed on the first or second day of what would be an almost two-year process".
It's good to know that Spider-Man's death scene wasn't a last-minute addition to Infinity War, if not particularly surprising. It had already been established in 2017's MCU entry Spider-Man: Homecoming that Tony feels responsible for whatever happens to Peter, which was part of why he tried so hard to prevent his protégé from following him into outer space during Infinity War. Since the whole idea behind Infinity War's conclusion was to leave the MCU's surviving superheroes feeling like they had truly failed to save the day for once (thus setting the stage for their arcs in Endgame), it only makes sense for Peter to die in a way that weighs extra heavy on Tony's conscience. In the end, that meant having Peter perish in Tony's arms and the latter being literally unable to do a thing to prevent it.
On a lighter note: it's also kind of funny that Holland managed to avoid spoiling Peter's death for as long as he did. The actor's pretty infamous for blabbing details about the MCU by now - something that Marvel Studios even poked fun at by having him "accidentally" reveal the title of this summer's sequel, Spider-Man: Far From Home, ahead of time. Indeed, Holland's had to be extra careful to not reveal exactly when in the MCU timeline Far From Home picks up, lest he inadvertently confirm Peter's inevitable return from the dead (well, the land of the dusted) before Avengers: Endgame arrives.
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019