The effects of Avengers: Infinity War were crushing, to say the least, as fans witnessed the heartbreaking loss of so many beloved characters. (Not to mention, they then had to wait a whole year to find out the fates of those left standing.) Afterwards, one of the major observations fans commented upon was the fact that all six of the original Avengers were among the survivors of Thanos’ snap. Coincidence? Like any detail found in an MCU movie, no, of course it wasn’t!
During ComicBook.com’s recent Quarantine Watch Party of Avengers: Infinity War, writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely re-watched the epic, shared memories and peeks behind the scenes, and replied to fan questions online. One Twitter user, @WoodyoncpFilms, asked: “Were the original Avengers intended to be left alive so that Endgame could be very much a finale and an ode to these original characters?”
The answer? “Largely, yes,” Markus replied.
And what better way to celebrate such treasured and long-standing MCU heroes than with an epic like Endgame? This sentiment was also made clear in a Vanity Fair interview Markus and McFeely participated in last year. Among the topics they talked about were alternative narratives and how they made life and death decisions in the movies they collaborated on with Marvel Studios. Many of their discussions focused on plot points in both Infinity War and Endgame involving the main Avengers team and individual character arcs, making it clear that they looked at Endgame as a way to honor those characters’ journeys within the MCU.