Avengers: Infinity War's Shocking Climax Was Almost Held Until Avengers 4

Avengers: Infinity War ends with one of the grandest, bleakest setpieces in Marvel movie history - directly inspired by a moment right out of the comics. But that wasn't always the case, according to the movie's screenwriters. In fact, fans could've been kept waiting until Avengers 4 to see Thanos' grand plan unfold.

Oh, snap. Image: Marvel Studios

As what feels like a majority of the planet is aware of at this point (if you aren't, again, why are you reading below the spoiler warning, shoo!), Avengers: Infinity War concludes with Thanos, having gathered all six Infinity Stones, snapping the snap heard 'round the world, eradicating half of all life on Earth and in the cosmos at large in a single gesture.

The snappening, the snapture, whatever snap-based pun you choose to call it, is destruction on a scale untold in prior Marvel films, and not even our beloved heroes are saved from its dusty wrath. It's also the culmination of Thanos' journey throughout the film, a bleak yet important step for his character.

And yet, in early versions of Infinity War's script, the snap wasn't always going to play out. That's according to writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who recently spoke to The New York Times alongside other movie screenwriters about the craft of bringing audiences back for a "part two".

While Infinity War and its follow up were always considered to be a two-part saga, and the snap was always going to be a thing, audiences almost had to wait until part two to actually see it. But according to Markus, waiting that long wouldn't have made Infinity War stand out alongside its fellow Marvel films, a bad idea especially given that its release marked the 10th anniversary of Marvel's shared movie universe:

But what we realised is, it would feel more like a cliffhanger than we intended.

[If the Snap was in Avengers 4, Infinity War] would be a continuation of exactly what you were watching before. [It should] be as big as it wants to be, and as sprawling.

And so, the snap got bumped up to Infinity War, getting to serve as a year-long cliffhanger that will leave us all wondering just how the hell Earth's mightiest heroes - or rather, what's left of them - will bounce back and attempt to undo Thanos' purging of the universe. McFeely added, "it's really, I think, difficult to predict where we go next."

While there's been some rumours, we really don't know just where Avengers 4 will go, but that's a lot better than having to see the build-up to and fallout of Thanos' snap occurring in a single movie. As painful as a year of waiting to see the follow up is!

[New York Times]


Comments

    so it would happen like in the middle of part 4 or something? yea I can see how the impact wouldn't be as meaningful.

    if they meant to end part 4 with the snap... damm that would suck so bad and a terrible way to end phase 3 of the MCU lol

    The most likely explanation is that all the dead (snapped?) have been absorbed by the soul gem and we'll see either characters within the gem rebel and escape or we'll see the heroes outside figure out a way to get them out. Or some combination of both.

    I think the story was too big to do in one movie so splitting it made sense. When it came time to split the movies, the snap moment would be defining. Where else do you end the first part? If you end it before the snap it's kinda logical too. They could have cliffhangered it with him just getting the glove.

    But that causes a major problems, you miss the impact of the "deaths". By killing them all now the audiences have time to dwell on the situation and wonder what's going to happen. If you put that into the second part you'd only have a few minutes before the movie has to switch gear and get the heroes racing about trying to resolve the new problem. So it's far less impactful.

    I think it'd also mess with the pacing of the second movie. Putting such a climactic moment at the start makes for a weird "flow" to the movie. It's too big an event to open with.

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