Having passed $300 million at the North American box office in just five days, and over $800 million worldwide since it first began opening a week ago, Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War” remains the talk of the movie world at the moment.
Analysts are right now pegging that the film will have a second weekend of around $100-125 million domestically and is expected to be the fastest film to reach $1 billion – beating the previous 12-day record of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” by at least several days.
Of course, much of the talk has been about one thing that was promised before the release and which came true – key character deaths.
MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD FOR “AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR”
The ending of “Avengers: Infinity War” still has people talking with half the population of the universe turned to ash including many key MCU characters like Spider-Man, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Nick Fury, Star Lord, Drax, etc. not to mention the deaths in the lead-up to Thanos’ finger snapping like Loki, Heimdall and Gamora.
Taking away from that impact though is the obvious assertion – with a reality and time changing gauntlet on hand, no to mention contracted deals for more movies, it’s a certainty that many of those characters will be back. Or will they?
Speaking with Buzzfeed, screenrwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely say the fourth “Avengers” isn’t what you think it’s going to be and that many of the deaths in ‘Infinity War’ are real:
Markus: “[Avengers 4] doesn’t do what you think it does. It is a different movie than you think it is. Also…[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… We broke your heart, now we’re going to blow your mind.”
McFeely: “Put it this way. 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 previous.”
Their explanation sounds decidedly rehearsed with the scribes trying to throw off the criticisms of ‘Infinity War’ and the inherent problem of a cinematic universe where stakes are minimised as death is reversible.
It was previously indicated that “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn made one key change to the script related to the behaviour of one character – saying the change was more true to that character and the universe that Gunn had set up.
McFeely has now revealed what that change was – the one with Peter Quill following through with his promise to Gamora with Gunn making the change that Peter actually does fire his blaster, only to have bubbles come out. McFeely says: “The more I think about it, the better it is that it got changed… Thanos has that same choice later (to kill Gamora), and he chooses to do it and succeeds.”
“Avengers: Infinity War” is now out in cinemas.