What Happened To Valkyrie, Korg, and Miek?
The secondary characters of Thor: Ragnarok are entirely absent in Avengers: Infinity War. That's left many viewers wondering what happened to Valkyrie, Korg, and Miek? The movie actually answers this, with dialogue indicating Thanos let half the Asgardians live: could they number among the survivors? Joe Russo has confirmed that Valkyrie, at least, made it out alive. "Prior to that scene, escape ships were deployed for Asgardians," he explained. "Including Valkyrie." But he refused to say whether or not Korg and Miek survived too.
A Major Change In Star-Lord's Arc
We don't know much about how Avengers: Infinity War evolved in development, but screenwriter Stephen McFeely revealed that one major scene actually changed during production. Speaking to Buzz Feed, they admitted that they'd originally assumed Star-Lord would be unable to fulfill his promise to Gamora. Rather than kill her, he'd allow her to be taken by Thanos - making her death at Thanos's hands all the more devastating to Peter Quill. Chris Pratt and James Gunn lobbied for the scene to be changed, creating scene where Thanos uses the Reality Stone against Quill. "The more I think about it, the better it is that it got changed," McFeely observed.
Why Did The Russos Bring Back The Red Skull?
The revelation that the Red Skull had become the guardian of the Soul Stone was a surprising twist for many. At first glance, it seems little more than an act of fan service; but to the Russos, it was inevitable. "Somebody had to be the gatekeeper to the Soul Stone," Joe Russo explained in an interview with Uproxx, "and somebody had to distribute the rules to Thanos and Gamora." The Russos seem to have toyed with the idea of using a random character, but didn't feel it had enough weight. "Somebody who has a history with the stones may seem like they have a little more authority in terms of their experience," Anthony Russo noted, "especially a tragic experience."
Was That The Soul World?
One of the most curious scenes in the film is the moment when Thanos snaps his fingers. Suddenly, the Mad Titan is in a mysterious orange realm, speaking to a younger version of his "daughter," Gamora. It's an intense, painful scene - and the bright orange backdrop left many viewers convinced Thanos is experiencing a vision of the Soul World, inside the Soul Stone. The Russos have confirmed this: using all six Infinity Stones together prompted what Joe Russo has called "an out of body experience," a vision of the Soul World.
This revelation seems to imply that Gamora is not truly dead; rather, her soul was sacrificed, consumed by the Soul Stone, and she's now trapped inside it. Although the Russos are trying to avoid giving direct answers on that point - it's surely a spoiler for Avengers 4 - they've skirted very close to confirming it on occasion.
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