Anthony And Joe Russo Avengers: Infinity War

SPOILER ALERT: This article contains SPOILERS for ‘Avengers: Infinity War’.  If for some reason you still haven’t seen it, you may wish to turn back now and return after you have.

Now that ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ has been out for over a month, fans still have a few questions about the events of this tragic installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the directors, Anthony and Joe Russo are finally opening up to clarify a few of the events, including what many perceive as being the most gut-wrenching development in the film.  Unfortunately, you might still not “feel so good” about the answers.

The most shocking development occurred just before the movie ended.  The heroes failed to stop Thanos from assembling all of the Infinity Stones and gaining supreme power, allowing him to accomplish his goal of wiping out half the life in the universe.  With a snap of his fingers, fans watched in horror as half their favorite champions of justice seemed to turn to dust before their eyes, including one freshly-introduced Wallcrawler.

But let’s back up a bit.  One hero is earning the lions share of ire from fans online because he seemingly ruined the heroes’ plan to disarm Thanos.  Even though Mantis had a smaller role in the film, her presence seemed to ensure the heroes victory at the end, when she used her empathy to stun Thanos enough for the heroes to remove the Infinity Gauntlet from his hand… until Star-Lord discovered that Thanos had previously murdered Gamora in order to obtain the Soul Stone.  He broke ranks and punched Thanos which caused Mantis’ grip on him to slip.  Mass death ensued, but is it all Star-Lord’s fault?

Not according to the Russos.  Joe said:

“His mother was dying of cancer when he was kidnapped by pirates at the age of 10. He was raised by pirates. He had to murder his father to avenge the death of his mother. His girlfriend, who he was in love with, was murdered by another corrupt paternal figure … He made a very emotional choice.”

Anthony added that another hero could have possibly ended the fight much sooner:

“Thor also let his emotions get the better of him. Thor could’ve killed Thanos more quickly than he tried to with the ax. He showed up, and he took a moment — because of his anger, because of his motivation — to tell Thanos that he told him he would die … and finish him off in a very deliberate way. Thor sort of got lost in his emotions in a similar way as Star-Lord and could also have been responsible for Thanos.”

Joe ended the discussion, saying:

“They make very human choices. I think if we learn anything from narrative is to put yourself inside the POV of someone — or the character itself — you should be able to empathize with that character, understand the choices that they make.”

One fan favorite moment from earlier in the film occurs when the Guardians of the Galaxy first meet the Avengers.  Star-Lord assumes that the Earth heroes are in cahoots with Thanos and demands to know “Where’s Gamora?”

Tony Stark replies, “I’ll do you one better, Who’s Gamora?”

Then Dave Bautista chimes in with the ad libbed line “I”ll do you one better, Why is Gamora?”

As fun as this exchange is, Drax’s question is really nonsense.  Or is it?

Joe replied, “I don’t know if there is an answer in Drax’s twisted brain… Remember, this is a man who thinks he can stand so incredibly still that he’s invisible.”

So is there a chance that Drax did not disintegrate at the end of the movie and was instead simply standing so still he was invisible to audiences?  Joe remarked “That’s a spoiler.”

Anthony added, “That’s to be decided.  All we know is what we can gather from the film. Anything more than that can potentially be addressed down the line.”

Now for some sadder topics.  Some have wondered if the bit of Groot that was used to make Thor’s new ax Stormbreaker could potentially regenerate into a new Groot.  It doesn’t appear that the directors didn’t consider that as Joe replied, “I don’t know if every piece of him that detaches … can grow a future version of him, but who’s to say? That’s an interesting question.”

It’s also been revealed that when Groot disappeared, he uttered his signature line “I am Groot” but that, when translated, he was actually calling to Rocket and saying “Dad.”  Sadly, this is true according to Anthony.  “It was [in the script], and it was ‘dad.’”

Now comes perhaps the saddest “death” in the movie… that of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man.  Unlike most of the characters, Peter Parker got a longer death scene, during which time, he stumbled over to his mentor Iron Man and uttered, “I don’t feel so good. I don’t know what’s happening.  I don’t want to go. I don’t want to go, Mr. Stark, please.”  (Like Bautista’s “Why is Gamora” line, this was also improvised.)

Why did he get such a protracted goodbye when others seemingly vanished in moments?  Because of his Spider Sense.  “He was aware of something,” Joe remarked.  You may not have realized this, but Peter didn’t demonstrate his Spider Sense in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’, so it was kind of a big deal when in the ‘Infinity War’ trailers, the hair on his arms stood up as Thanos’ forces invaded Earth.  It was this sixth sense that tipped Peter off that something wasn’t right, to say the least, at the very end.

To end on a lighter note, the Russos revealed that the phone number shown in the film when Tony Stark called Captain America was intended to be an actual working number (678-136-7092) that fans would be able to call and hear a voice main message from Chris Evans‘ Steve Rogers.  But the legal department nixed it before the film’s release.

Do the Russo brothers’ responses make the events of ‘Infinity War’ any clearer… or easier to swallow?

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ is still playing in theaters everywhere now.

Source: The Huffington Post