While it's pretty understandable why Avengers: Endgame is going to head out with a dark cloud above its head, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige reveals that reactions to Avengers: Infinity War could have actually changed the film's sequel.
Speaking in an interview with Empire Magazine, Feige talks about how Infinity War was a totally different film for the franchise. In most Marvel movies, the heroes always end up winning. However, Infinity War ends up with Thanos (Josh Brolin) collecting all six Infinity Stones and then snapping half of the universe into dust.
According to the Marvel Studios President, he had been confident about Infinity War's direction up until the night before its premiere.
"When we do test screenings, you can judge the authenticity of reactions based on when the applause starts," Feige says. "Here, there was nothing. Nothing. Silence. The best reactions after were like, 'I hated it, but I loved it. I hated it, but I understand why it had to happen.' Panther disappearing at the end was shocking to people. Spidey: That was filmed on the first or second day of what would be an almost two-year process."
While Feige and the rest of the Marvel team decided that it would be best to end Infinity War with a snap, the film's writer Stephen McFeely says there was a time that everyone was thinking of saving the snappening for Endgame.
"We had so much story in those early drafts of Infinity War that, if anything, we thought we maybe shouldn't do The Snap until the end of act one of Endgame," he said.
Endgame would have had a very different feel if that were the case. Instead of witnessing the aftermath of the Decimation, viewers would have to go through the fight against Thanos, and then the Snap, and then the undoing of it all. That would be too much, even for a Marvel movie.
Avengers: Endgame premieres April 26, 2019.