Warning: This article contains spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War. But you’ve seen it twice already, right?
If there was a prize for most shocking ending ever, Avengers: Infinity War would be up there.
Thanos acquired the sixth and final Infinity Stone (the Mind Stone, that is) and snapped his fingers, erasing half the life in the universe.
But the film wasn’t always intended to end that way, according to writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.
The pair always knew that moment would happen, but the question was when. “It wasn’t just, well, we’ve got too much story, we’d better chop it in half,” Markus told The New York Times, discussing the huge amount of plot they had to fit into Infinity War and the untitled sequel that we’re still calling Avengers 4.
In one draft, they saved the Infinity Snap for the second movie, which would have drastically changed our Infinity War experience. And stretching those events across the two films would have made them feel less separate than Marvel wanted.
“But what we realised is, it would feel more like a cliffhanger than we intended,” continued Markus. “It would be a continuation of exactly what you were watching before.”
Presumably, the film would have ended just as Thanos acquired the last stone, leaving us to wait and see what he would do with them.
Instead, Infinity War happened as is, traumatising a generation of young MCU fans until the sequel finally arrives.
Avengers 4 will be released in the UK on April 26, 2019, and in the US on May 3. Avengers: Infinity War is out now. Book tickets here.
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