Every day we get closer to the finale of the Avengers saga. It may not seem that way since Thanos’ destructive finger snap killed many of our favorite heroes, but there is still another movie to be seen and hopefully a plan to bring back some of them. In the meantime, the home media release for Infinity War is just around the corner (Aug. 14th) and digital release is already here. While the movie and special features won’t give us any closure about the grim events that took place, it will at least give us some more insight as to how the movie was made and why the directors did what they did.
The biggest inquiry fans have, of course, is the reasoning behind the laundry list of casualties in the wake of Infinity War. Friendships were destroyed, families we broke up, and let’s not forget the tragic love story of Vision and Scarlett Witch. Sure, the hopes are that the next film will bring some of our favorite characters back, but if that’s the case, why torture us with witnessing the heartbreak that was the death of Peter Parker and Groot, among others?
Unfortunately, the answer is just as bleak as the question, as answered in the home media featurette about the Battle of Wakanda. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo chose carefully which characters would survive Thanos’ finger snap and which characters wouldn’t. The directors said the following about the pivotal ending scenes:
“The movie sort of keeps twisting at the end there in ways that you can’t believe it’s going one step beyond and that the fate of our characters and the fate of our universe are still at play. In terms of our choices of who Thanos would end up eradicating with his snap, it was very story focused.”