Avengers Infinity War came like an unstoppable hurricane and it swept us all with its imagery and dialogue. It is the ultimate comic-book thriller with so many fan-pleasing moments that brought sheer joy and excitement. The movie lived up to its hype and shattered box office records, for instance, it has become the fastest ever movie to have reached to $1 Billion collections in just 11 days.
Apart from the usual fast-paced action and stunning visual effects that are part of any MCU movie, it marked a departure from the Marvel template where good guys always win, the villain is weak, nobody of significance dies and there is no earth-shaking consequences on the larger cinematic universe. But this time there were real stakes.
Infinity War ended in a cliffhanger to die for (literally). Many heroes were killed. The surviving heroes were left to deal with the movie’s unnerving aftermath. The movie did end up proving the point that the Russo brothers had always been trying to drive home ever since the movie was announced i.e Infinity War will be unlike any Marvel movie you have ever seen. There will be death. There will be the reckoning. And there will most certainly be CHAOS. And there was plenty of all three. Here’s what they said:
“This is it. Thanos is an unstoppable villain he’s virtually invincible, he’s highly intelligent – genius level intelligent – he’s like the Genghis Khan of the universe, and to stop him it’s going to cost them a lot. They’re going to have to see if they’re willing to pay that price, and that’s what these movies are really about. What we want is for the audience to be prepared, as there’s a lot of surprises – there’s going to be a lot of humor and a lot of heartbreak.”
As the heroes withered away, turned into ash and died as Thanos snapped his fingers with all the Infinity stones in a gauntlet and hence achieved his purpose i.e bringing balance to the universe, for what he originally came to Earth, the fans were left in somewhat of a conundrum.
When the heroes of Earth were dying left, right and center, a certain superhero took the longest to die. Why was that? We finally have an explanation. Here’s why Spider-Man died the last in Infinity War!!
SPOILER ALERT: This article contains MAJOR infinity War Spoilers. Enter at your own risk….
Marvel Studios VFX Supervisor firm, Weta, has an interesting point to add. Marvel Studios had already contracted a bunch of VFX studios to work on a variety of special effects for the movie. Weta is the one specifically responsible for creating the special effects for the deaths in Infinity war at the end of the movie. And that is why they may be sitting on some critical information regarding a specific hero’s death in Infinity War.
As you all know, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Bucky, Star Lord and a lot of other heroes died in Infinity War. But none had an impact as emotional as that of Spider-Man. “I don’t want to go” – a dialogue that will be forever etched onto our memories.
Tony Stark’ tearful eye after Peter passes away is not something as easily forgettable. The visually and emotionally stunning scene had so much effect on the audience because of one simple reason.
The scene was never scripted. That’s right folks. Tom Holland improvised the dialogues right when the cameras were rolling.
But why was Spider-Man given the chance to say his final words while other mainstream and rather popular superheroes like Black Panther and Star-Lord were not given a chance to say their final words. Turns out, there is a reason for that as well.
And it makes the last words of Spider-Man in Infinity War even more powerful than we perceived it to be. While in an interview with Screen Rant, Weta VFX’s lead supervisor, Mat Aiken had this to say about Spider-Man’s death scene in Infinity War:
“Spidey’s really fighting it. He definitely doesn’t want to go and he’s fighting… he’s incredibly powerful, so he’s able to withhold it for a lot longer than some of the others, but in the end he can’t withstand it.”
So basically what Matt Aiken says is that Spider-Man was left alive the longest after Thanos snapped his fingers because Peter Parker’s will to stay alive is a force so strong that it even managed to temporarily keep the power of the Infinity Gauntlet in check. This gives Spider-Man’s last words “I don’t want to go” a whole new meaning.
When Spider-Man says those words, he means it in the most literal way possible. Keep in mind this is not the official explanation from Marvel Studios. But it does come from the guys responsible for enacting Spider-Man’s death scene in the movie itself so it is the next best thing if you ask us.
Aiken claims working on Spider-Man’s death scene took an emotional toll on the group responsible for creating the said special effects:
“Nobody at Weta could watch that. The first few times we watched that we all choked up, it’s an incredibly powerful performance and key moment in the film I think. There was less room to kind of smoke and mirrors it, if you like. We had to make sure that it worked really, really well, because it was so drawn out, and so it had to withhold very high levels of scrutiny becuase we were holding right on Spidey’s face over Tony’s shoulder, through that.
It was just making sure that it worked completely consistently, seamless through that trauma process.”
Most of the scenes happened from a distance. The heroes looked helplessly as the heroes passed away, withering to dust. But Spider-Man’s death happened up close. It happened when Tony was holding Peter Parker in his hands.
The improvisation by Tom Holland, Weta’s stunning visual effects and the scene’s sheer force to move one’s heart is what made it so freaking special in the eyes of the audience. And it will forever be remembered as one of the most legendary scenes in the history of 21st century Hollywood entertainment.
Avengers Infinity War is currently playing successfully in theaters. It has become the fastest ever to have reached a Billion dollar in Box office collections i.e 11 days of its release. It is directed by Russo Brothers aka Joe & Anthony Russo who are an amazing duo for big comic-book ensemble movies. The movie is produced by Marvel President Kevin Feige & Co. The script is co-written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.
The ensemble cast is magnificent as some of the biggest stars are part of this massive undertaking including Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Josh Brolin (Thanos), Chris Pratt (Star Lord), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Sebastian Stan (Winter soldier), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Bradley Cooper (Rocket Raccoon), Vin Diesel (Groot), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Jeremy Reiner (Hawkeye), Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Strange), Benedict Wong (Wong), Tom Holland (Spiderman), Letitia Wright (Shuri), Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Paul Rudd (Ant-Man),Peter Dinklage (Eitri), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlett Witch), Karen Gillian (Nebula), Pom Klementieff (Mantis), Dave Bautista (Drax), Paul Bettany (Vision), Samuel Jackson (Nick Fury), Cobie Smulders (Mariah Hill).
The official movie synopsis can be read below:
“As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain”.