Joe And Anthony Russo Explain Why They Killed Off Certain Heroes In Avengers: Infinity War

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Avengers: Infinity War really surprised Marvel fans when it released earlier this year. Not only did Thanos succeed in collecting all six Infinity Stones, but at the end of the film, the Mad Titan was able to use the collective power of the gems to wipe out half of the living population of the Universe.

Now, with Infinity War finally out on Blu-Ray, fans get to understand directors Joe and Anthony Russo's process in deciding who and who wouldn't get to survive Thanos' finger-snapping massacre in the film.


There's a brand new featurette called Choices that comes with Infinity War's Blu-ray release, and in it the Russo brothers try to explain why the film ended the way it did, killing off quite a number of the members of the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy.

"In terms of our choices about who Thanos would end up eradicating with his snap, you know it was very story focused," Anthony said. "How do we pay off each individual character's storyline most profoundly. The first person to go is Bucky Barnes, and it's shot from Captain America's perspective. You know we're watching Cap go through the experience of watching him go away. We're watching Okoye, who's number one mission in life is to protect the king. She watches the King go in front of her. To see those characters react in those situations is very powerful and resonate."

It seems like the Marvel directors wanted to get the most effect from the deaths of the Avengers in the film, so they made sure to separate teams and tandems. The Russos took Groot (Vin Diesel) from Rocket Raccoon, they turned Spider-Man (Tom Holland) into dust in front of Iron Man's (Robert Downey Jr.) very eyes, and they had Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), the man who seemed to understand what was going on, die on Titan.

How did you feel about the many deaths in Infinity War? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Infinity War is currently available on Digital HD and Blu-Ray.

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