Infinity War Directors Answer The Fans' 18 Biggest Questions

How Did The Russos Choose Who Lived And Who Died?

In the end of Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos achieves his terrible goal; he snaps his fingers, and half the life in the universe is snuffed out. Among the casualties are half the Avengers, including popular names like Black Panther and Spider-Man. But how did the Russos decide who should live, and who should die? "All of our choices are based on story," Anthony explained. "It’s based upon the road that these characters have traveled, in not only this movie, but throughout the entire entity up to this point because, again, these movies are the culmination. So all we can say is that they are very focused story choices."

There's a sense in which this has led to a somewhat anti-climatic ending to the film. It's pretty certain Thanos's actions will be undone; after all, Spidey, T'Challa, and Doctor Strange all have sequels in the works as part of Phase 4. In reality, though, the Russos had made a deliberate decision to kill off all but the original Avengers, presumably allowing Avengers 4 to serve as a close to the original team's story. When asked about this particular point, the Russos have continued to give an amusing response. "Interesting."

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Why Was Black Panther's Death So Underwhelming?

Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa Black Panther

Spider-Man's death scene was the most notable of them all, but not every hero had an emotional send-off. Some viewers were particularly disappointed with how Avengers: Infinity War treated Black Panther, who crumbled to dust before the horrified eyes of Okoye. T'Challa's death was given as much weight as, say, Falcon's - and that's pretty remarkable given Black Panther is a franchise lead. While screenwriters Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus openly admit they'd do it again, they have admitted they failed to realize how strongly T'Challa would resonate with viewers. "Remember," McFeely told BuzzFeed, "when we're writing [Infinity War], and even shooting, there is no Black Panther movie. We don’t know it’s going to be so good, so effective, so resonant." This, then, is the problem with the MCU's shared universe model - especially when films release in such swift succession. There was simply no time to pivot, to increase T'Challa's role in the film, or to film a stronger death scene.

What Were Groot's Last Words?

Groot in Avengers Infinity War

"I am Groot." Three words can mean so much in the MCU, and fans approached James Gunn on social media to ask him what Teen Groot's last words were. His response was heartbreaking: it seems that Teen Groot's last thought was to turn to Rocket, and cry out, "Dad." It's a revelation that reduced many fans to tears once again, and Gunn was touched and surprised by how much viewers care about his characters.

More: The Many Unanswered Questions in Avengers: Infinity War

Key Release Dates
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019
  • The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
  • Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
  • Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
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