Avengers: Infinity War has made quite the killing at the box office, already. They have closed in at $1 billion in revenue worldwide. The movie brings us to the epic confrontation between the Avengers and Thanos. And if I’m being completely honest – people do die. This isn’t exactly a spoiler because there is “war” in the title. And well, that much information is all over the internet as well. Who dies is another matter. Either way, you do need to go into the theater knowing full well that some of your favorite characters might die. Is that harsh? Maybe. But I’ve never really been one to beat around the bush.
That said, you’re probably having a hard time taking these deaths all that seriously. I mean, how many comic books, movies, and TV shows kill off characters, only to bring them back in some form or another? Almost all of them, if we really think about it. But this time, friends, the screenwriters are telling us that the deaths are real and that we should be dealing with it. While I haven’t given away any spoilers just yet, be prepared that I’ve got some heading in your direction.
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In an interview with BuzzFeed, the writers of Avengers: Infinity War, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely talked about their experience in writing the movie, as well as next years’ sequel. They said the deaths are real, and that you shouldn’t expect the characters to be resurrected.
Markus: “[the deaths are] real. I just want to tell you it’s real, and the sooner you accept that the sooner you will be able to move on to the next stage of grief.”
McFeely: “I think [Infinity War] is a fairly mature movie for a blockbuster. It’s got a lot of fun in it, obviously, but boy, it gets very mature. The second one is also mature. We’re going to own these choices, and hopefully surprise and delight you and get you invested. It’s by the same studio, the same filmmaking team. They were written at the same time, shot at the same time. They’re clearly connected, but they are definitely two different movies, one of which is dependent on what happened previously.”
Markus adds that they’ve broken our hearts, but now they’re going to blow our minds. I think it’s easy to go into the theater to watch the movie and not really realize that the characters may not be coming back. Like I said, it’s not out of the ordinary for characters to be killed off, but then to return. Which is why some people aren’t exactly happy.
Here’s a big spoiler for all you Black Panther fans out there. He dies. What’s interesting is that the writers didn’t anticipate, nor could they have, just how big that movie was going to be. So, are all the characters really dead? I mean, can you see Marvel not taking advantage of the incredible momentum of Black Panther? Or does this just clean up that storyline and give Marvel the ability to create another character just as amazing? Overall, I think it’s interesting how this movie was written, but I’m not as convinced as those writers that some of the deceased characters aren’t going to return.