Spider-Man's death scene in Avengers: Infinity War originally wasn't as long. Marvel Studios did what many thought they wouldn't when it came to the end of Infinity War and the deaths it would have. Fans expected the older guard to say goodbye, but they're actually the last ones standing. This has led to some sidestepping from Marvel, as many of the "dead" heroes are going to be returning for future films. Tom Holland's Spider-Man is the prime example, as he turned to dust at the end of Infinity War but has Spider-Man: Far From Home hitting theaters two months after Avengers 4.
However these heroes are brought back, it doesn't completely take away from the scenes in Infinity War. While some may know better, the characters don't and resulted in some pretty emotional farewells. Spider-Man's hit home the most for many, and it originally was much quicker.
Avengers: Infinity War is now available to buy digitally and with it comes an audio commentary with directors Joe and Anthony Russo and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. During Spider-Man's death scene, Joe Russo and McFeely discussed the elongated goodbye he received as compared to the quick sendoffs others got.
Joe Russo: "If I remember correctly, right, it was, 'I don't feel so good.' Tony looked at him, he said, 'I'm sorry,' and disappeared."
Stephen McFeely: "It wasn't as drawn out."
So why did Spider-Man get some extra screen time? For starters, Joe says that Tom Holland fought to extend the sequence to drive home the emotion at the center of it. That appeared to be the right move as Spidey's death is a standout scene for Holland, but it also creates the small plot hole of why Spidey lasted longer than, say, Star-Lord, a half-Celestial. It isn't thanks to his Spidey sense or anything, but rather his will and strength, as Joe explained in the "Beyond the Battle: Titan" featurette.
"Peter Parker uses all the strength that he has as a hero to fight against disappearing. It allows him to last longer than some of the others."
After such an emotional goodbye, one can only hope that Peter Parker gets to be reunited with Tony Stark once again. It'd make for another great scene between Holland and Robert Downey Jr., but may need to happen before Stark doesn't feel good. The Russos have continued to preach the true consequences of Infinity War, and one option could be saving those who died by sacrificing themselves instead. It isn't difficult to imagine Tony being willing to die to bring Peter back either. Before such a decision is made, they'll still need to figure out exactly what is going on and how it could be possible to bring the fallen heroes back to life.
Avengers: Infinity War is available now on Digital HD, and will release on Blu-ray and DVD on August 14th.
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 05, 2019