While most thought that they were fully prepared for whatever unexpected events Marvel Studios had cooked up, everyone was taken completely by surprise and shock by the Avengers: Infinity War ending.
Be warned that major spoilers lie ahead and it would be best to turn away right now unless you are coming back from the theater.
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter in a recent interview, screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely revealed that their proposed script (particularly the ending) was fully supported by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige from the beginning.
There were no meetings held to discuss the dark tone, which above all features the deaths of more than a dozen characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In fact, Feige backed the original version of Avengers: Infinity War by asking the screenwriters to not be afraid.
“The question was, ‘How do you get there?’” said McFeely. “‘How do you bring the most story and emotion and pathos?’ And was it going to be where it was? Do you do it at the end of the movie? Do you do it at some other spot?”
“There are still questions,” added Markus. “What are they [The Avengers] going to do, and all those sorts of things. But if you had stopped it before he snapped his fingers, or with four stones, that really is just a pause button. That really is just going, ‘What’s he going to do?’ ‘Will your hero stop dangling from the cliff?’ And we wanted to put a much more definitive ‘Yes, this happens. Deal with it,’ tone at the end of it, rather than jerk you around.”
In Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos finally manages to obtain all of the Infinity Stones for his Infinity Gauntlet and snaps his fingers in the end to immediately turn half of all life in the universe into dust. This cosmic genocide has taken away a number of characters, permanently for the time being. Marvel Studios will have to have something extraordinary to bring everyone back to life in the upcoming sequel.
Avengers: Infinity War is now running in theaters worldwide and will open in China on May 11. The untitled sequel, presently dubbed Avengers 4, is slated to premiere on May 3, 2019.