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Avengers: Endgame Writers On Their Decision To Have Heroes Kill [SPOILER] In First Act

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Avengers: Endgame Writers On Their Decision To Have Heroes Kill [SPOILER] In First Act

Avengers: Endgame had a lot of surprises instill for fans and one of those moments pops up right in the first act of the movie or almost immediately. Recently, during an interview, the writers gave an explanation to their decision to include that moment.

Warning: Article contains major spoilers to Avengers: Endgame

In Avengers: Endgame, the surviving heroes are quick to bounce back from their defeat after the events of Thanos’ snap— once Captain Marvel helps Tony and Nebula return back to Earth. But the Avengers are even quicker in locating the Mad Titan and going after him.

Much to the audiences’ surprise, Thanos used the Infinity stones once again but rather to destroy them. And if that didn’t leave fans’ jaw-dropped, the scene wraps up with Thor finally “going for the head” and killing the Mad Titan.

The scene did receive a lot of gasp and silence from the audience whey they witnessed it in theatres. During an interview with the New York Times, Avengers: Endgame writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely explained how they came about on the decision to have Thanos killed almost immediately in the movie.

“Endgame” sort of tricks you by having the heroes kill Thanos almost immediately, only to discover it doesn’t solve anything. Why was that important? 

McFEELY We always had this problem. The guy has the ultimate weapon. He can see it coming. It’s ridiculous. We were just banging our heads for weeks, and at some point, [the executive producer] Trinh Tran went, “Can’t we just kill him?” And we all went, “What happens if you just kill him? Why would you kill him? Why would he let you kill him?” 
MARKUS It reinforced Thanos’s agenda. He was done. Not to make him too Christ-like, but it was like, “If I’ve got to die, I can die now.”

As Markus states, the decision to have Thanos die at that very moment reinforced the characters’ agenda. Though the Avengers clearly had an upper hand in that fight sequence—it must also be noted that the Mad Titan was rather more defensive than offensive during that surprise attack.

Later in the movie, almost close to the third act—Thanos (from the past) watches as his future self dies in the hands of the Avengers and his only response is that his destiny was fulfilled at that moment. The character didn’t despise watching him die but rather felt fulfilled.

Avengers: Endgame is currently in theatres.

Source: New York Times




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