Reasoning Behind Who Lives and Who Dies Explained By ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Team—It Was No Snap Decision

Avengers: Infinity War was released on digital download at the end of last month. 

Now, instead of sobbing in the middle of the movie theater, we can all wail as we watch our favorite characters disintegrate in the comfort of our own homes. 


Included in the release are deleted scenes, a commentary track and features where directors and producers explain certain things and spill some behind-the-scenes tea. 

One of the things that was explained was what broke our fragile hearts the most: deciding who Thanos would and wouldn’t disintegrate.

Director Anthony Russo explained:

“In terms of our choices of who Thanos would end up eradicating with his snap, it was very story focused. How do we pay off each individual character story most profoundly?”

Basically, breaking hearts was the goal here.  And spoiler alert: they succeeded. 

Russo continued:

“The first person to go is Bucky Barnes and it’s shot from Captain America’s perspective. We’re watching Cap go through the experience of watching him go away. We’re watching Okoye, whose number one mission it is in life is to protect the king. She watches the king go, in front of her. To see those characters react in those situations is very powerful and resonant.”

These reactions were as genuine as it comes, because the cast didn’t learn the ending of the movie until the day they shot the scene. 

So, everyone in the film was as caught off guard as those who watched it were. 

Elizabeth Olsen, who portrays the Scarlet Witch, said the following on the big reveal:

“It wasn’t until we shot it on that day we learned what the ending was. They took us into a van — all of us — we were in a van with air conditioning because it was very hot and they told us how the movie was going to end and no one knew.”

Director Joe Russo explained that this was done for a reason. Marvel fans are always on their a-game on predicting movies, and a small clue, even one slipped out by accident, could have given the whole ending away.

He stated:

“The audience is so good at predicting stories that even just the smallest clue can tell them where the film is gonna go. So, we worked really hard to make sure none of the secrets of the film leaked.” 

But Twitter is clinging on to the hope that all of the fan-favorite heroes aren’t actually dead.

But, as Executive Producer Trinh Tran pointed out, everything in the movie was leading up to this one moment.

According to Tran:

“When Thanos shows up, we really wanted to make this the most powerful moment ever.”

Could this powerful moment be reversed? 

Will Spidey and T’Challa see the light of day once again?

Fans will have to wait until the untitled Avengers film debuts on May 3, 2019 to find out. 

H / T – Uproxx