‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Directors Never Thought of the Snap as a Cliffhanger: ‘We Were Telling a Complete Story’

Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe waited a year after the snap in Avengers: Infinity War to learn what happened to their favorite superheroes. They wouldn’t get answers until April 2019 when Avengers: Endgame hit theaters. However, directors Joe and Anthony Russo didn’t consider the end of Avengers: Infinity War a cliffhanger. 

Joe Russo and Anthony Russo at an 'Avengers Infinity War' UK Fan Event
Joe Russo and Anthony Russo at an Avengers: Infinity War UK Fan Event | Matt Crossick/PA Images via Getty Images

The Avengers fought Thanos in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

In the lead up to Avengers: Endgame, the culmination of every MCU movie since 2008’s Iron Man, the Avengers came together to battle one of their common enemies, Thanos (Josh Brolin).

That’s what viewers saw in Avengers: Infinity War, superheroes teaming up in an attempt to defeat Thanos as he tried to collect all six Infinity Stones.

Avengers: Infinity War premiered on April 23, 2018. It’s now one of the highest-grossing movies of all time. Avengers: Endgame, the follow-up to Avengers: Infinity War, is number one.

It’s also another Marvel movie directed by the Russo brothers. They’ve directed four total, including Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame.

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The Russo brothers feel they told a ‘complete story’ in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

The Russo brothers discussed the scene with Rotten Tomatoes, who named the snap one of the most memorable movie moments of the last 21 years. The directing duo shared they didn’t think of the snap as a cliffhanger. 

“We actually never thought of it as a cliffhanger,” Anthony said. “In our own brains, for us, we were telling a complete story, this was Thanos’s movie, he was the lead of the film, and we gave him a complete arc – a proper ending.” 

Thanos ended the movie as the victor over the Avengers. He retrieved all six Infinity Stones. When he snapped his fingers, he wiped out half of the universe’s life forms. 

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They made ‘disruptive choices’ with every Marvel movie they directed

The Russo brothers made the conscious decision to shake things up in the MCU. That applied to every movie they directed. 

Anth and I, through our entire experience at Marvel, always tried to make very disruptive choices with each film,” Joe Russo said. “The end of Winter Soldier, good guys and the bad guys, we flip everything on its head. In Civil War, we divorce the Avengers. With Infinity War we knew we wanted to make a strong narrative choice.”

The Russo Brothers with 'Avengers Infinity War' cast members at a fan event
The Russo Brothers with Avengers: Infinity War cast members at a fan event | Karwai Tang/WireImage

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Joe continued, saying he and Anthony created unique situations for the Avengers. 

“There’s an adage where you write yourself into a corner, and you try to figure out how to get out. That usually creates really dramatic moments for the audience. There’s no bigger way to write ourselves into a corner than killing half the characters,” he said. 

Just a few of the characters who died as a result of the snap were Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Spider-Man (Tom Holland), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). 

Following the snap heard ‘round the MCU, Marvel Studios continues to churn out more superhero movies.

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