Avengers: Infinity War ended in dramatic fashion. The evil Thanos snapped his fingers and half the entire galaxy's population--including many beloved superheroes--perished. Writer Stephen McFeely said in a new interview that "the snap" wasn't always part of the movie.
Instead, McFeely told Empire that the writers considered waiting until the second act of Avengers: Endgame for Thanos to cut the world's population in half.
"We had so much story in those early drafts of Infinity War that, if anything, we thought we maybe shouldn't do 'the snap' until the end of act one of Endgame," he said.
Marvel boss Kevin Feige is also quoted in the story, saying that the writing and creative teams spent "years" considering the best way to tell the story of Infinity War and the overarching narrative. It was ultimately decided that Infinity War would end with "the snap," and this was truly a dramatic way to end the film.
"We talked about that ending for years and years and years," he explained. "It was the reason to adapt Infinity Gauntlet. What was the most shocking thing we could do? End the movie with 'the snap.'"
While the ending to Infinity War was unquestionably dramatic, many fans believe "the snap" may be undone in Endgame, given that many of the characters who perished have future movies in the pipeline. According to writer Christopher Markus, the deaths from Infinity War are "real," at least in some fashion.
"It is a different movie than you think it is," Markus said about Endgame. "We broke your heart. Now we're going to blow your mind."
Endgame is Marvel's next movie, and it's set to release in late-April around the world. It follows Captain Marvel, the Brie Larson-starring film that broke box office records. Endgame wraps up 10-plus years worth of storytelling, and it's expected to be the final film in Marvel's Phase 3 of its cinematic universe. You can see the latest Endgame trailer embedded above.