There’s no doubt that Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War has its fair share of emotional, gut-punching moments. And while many moviegoers may be left with questions on their minds about particular moments, directors Joe and Anthony Russo recently sat down to address a particular moment.
While sitting down with The Little Hawk Student Newspaper, the Russo Brothers explained the decision-making process behind the deaths of some of the film’s heroes at the hands of Thanos and the emotional resonance that arose from those moments:
“We made those deaths impactful- emotionally, because you have an emotional connection with those characters and it’s difficult taking someone like Peter Parker and putting him in that position. What 16 year old wouldn’t want not to go in such the way it’s shown so we set up that relationship between he and Tony Stark in separate movies to lead to that moment- it’s a father-son relationship. It’s painful to watch.”
The Russo also explained the emotion behind Gamora’s death in particular, given her relationship with Thanos:
“Certainly the most painful to watch is the Gamorra sequence because Thanos is a horrible despicable creature- who believes that he sincerely loves her- which makes it a lot harder to watch. So we try to complicate things emotionally because our job as storytellers is to tell the best story we can and make your experience as many emotions as possible when you watch the film.”
Given that the characters are coming together from their respective films, it could be a difficult juggling act to make their deaths feel impacting without cluttering the film. But that emotional connection with the audience, who has been involved with this universe since 2008’s Iron Man, is what culminated in such a reaction at these character deaths.
“We just planted the emotion of it- we love the characters as much as anybody- we think very hard about how the audience feels- how we feel and what can make the scenes complicated as possible- to make it as painful as possible- again the job of the storyteller. And after 18 movies we’re really committed to making this cathartic and to tell a truthful story as possible.”
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War stars Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland and Anthony Mackie.
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