The Infinity War writers have finally come forward to claim that the movie did have one Major mistake that they wished they could have avoided altogether. Infinity War was a movie ten years in the making and the culmination of all the events that transpired in the previous 18 movies that came before it. The audiences were introduced to the absolute beast of a super villain that was Josh Brolin’s Thanos. The amount of chaos and disorder the Mad Titan brought onto the Marvel Cinematic Universe was legendary and unprecedented. But the writers claim the movie was still a bit flawed. And they wished they could rectify it. Infinity War having a flaw might sound absurd but it is true. Presenting Infinity War Writers’ wish they could change this ONE THING in the movie!!!
The writers claim that they wished they could reduce the number of MacGuffins in the movie. In scriptwriting and storytelling lingo, MacGuffins are plot elements that help propel the story forward and are essential to the plot liner, something without which the plot stays incomplete if omitted. And Infinity War, my friends, had a lot of these MacGuffins. That is what the writers of Avengers 3 wanted to avoid in the first place.
Thanos, the mad Titan, did not want the universe to end up the same way his homeworld did, succumbing to overpopulation as nature could not sustain the overworked supply and demand chain of resources. The Universe is finite and its resources are limited. If life was left unchecked to grow and develop, it would have plundered the universe of any resources it had in store for the future generations.
Thanos wanted to change that by killing half of all life in the universe, thus ensuring there was enough for everyone. But to do such a mammoth task, he needed to wield the power of all the Six Infinity Stones. He did. But the writers of the movie wanted Thanos’ quest to get hold of the stones to be explored further rather than just give away the stones to the Mad Titan. Thanos acquiring all six of the Infinity Stones was not what the writers had in mind for the movie.
In an interview with The New York Times, the writers of Infinity War – Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely were asked what the most grueling task they had to do was while formulating the script for the third Avengers movie. McFeely had something interesting to say about this particular question. His answer revealed something that left the fans gasping for air. The script, according to McFeely, did not initially intend for Thanos to get hold of all the six Infinity Stones. His words were agreed upon by Christopher Markus the very next moment. McFeely is heard saying:
Had we started from scratch, we would not have chosen six damn MacGuffins. That’s not that helpful. It was difficult to get that all in.
Although Thanos got what he came looking for, it took him the whole length of the movie to do so. It was only at the very end of the movie that Thanos got hold of all the Six Infinity Stones. Each Infinity Stone could be considered one MacGuffin. Infinity War had six Infinity stones and hence, Six MacGuffins. Normally, a movie has one or at best two MacGuffins. Stuffing so many into a single movie was a herculean task and we are glad the writers managed to pull this off without degrading the quality of the story too much.
This also explains why the Xandar scene was cut off. Including a scene where Thanos and the Black Order storm an alien planet that is one of the greatest military powers of the universe would have been a lengthy scene and time was off the essence in Infinity War, considering it still ended up being the longest-running MCU movie till date.
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Avengers: Infinity War is already in theaters. The official film synopsis reads:
Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet — the evil Thanos. On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos plans to use the artifacts to inflict his twisted will on reality. The fate of the planet and existence itself has never been more uncertain as everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment.