Avengers: Infinity War is the highest grossing Superhero movie of all time and the big reason behind that is the insane hype that surrounded the movie. Right from the moment when Marvel announced the entire slate for phase 3, the fans were got excited about Civil War and the two big Avengers movies that were put on their way to come out in 2018 and 2019. Seeing how amazingly thing were built up, the people got really excited about the movie which resulted in the mammoth earnings of more than $2 Billion worldwide.
The movie was truly epic right from the beginning of the movie. It started off with the massacre at Thor’s ship where it was revealed that Thanos already had the Power Stone which was previously stored at Xandar. Before the movie came out, people thought that the movie may begin with a sequence on Xandar since it was revealed in the trailers that Thanos already has the Power Gem. But as it turned out, there was no Xandar sequence and the movie continued from right where Thor: Ragnarok left us.
It was ultimately revealed that the creatives behind the movie thought that the decimation of Xandar would have felt too repetitive since in the very next scene, Thanos went on to kill off half the Asgardian Population. And because the movie had very limited screen time to show a whole lot of story, they had to make the call of removing the sequence on Xandar altogether.
Now, Writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, and the Directors have talked about the Xandar sequence and here’s what they said:
“Joe Russo – We should talk about why we decided to push Xandar off screen.
Christopher Markus – We wrote version of Thanos attacking Xandar and it had a similar purpose in the script to what Knowhere does now. It was a place where Thanos and Gamora encountered each other but the fact of the matter is you know exactly what… If Thanos went to Xandar to get that stone, you know what happened. It was a big battle and he got it.
Joe Russo – It was an attempt to not be repetitive. We decided to cut it from the script and, as you said, start in the middle of the story
Stephen McFeely – And make every Stone collection an emotional moment. Sometimes its because there’s a person who is either wearing one or has one in his head and sometimes it’s because of who Thanos encounters there, what you have to get it, who you have to sacrifice…Scenes need to do more than one thing and every Stone collection scene is going to be plot based but we also wanted it to be deeply character based.”
As much as we all felt that they should not have just left Xandar out since James Gunn invested an entire movie on the planet and it should have got its due in Avengers: Infinity War. But the situation in which the writers and the directors were, it would have felt repetitive as there was already a whole lot of story to be revealed in the first half of the film, and adding the Xandar scenes would have made the first half even longer, and the Directors may have had to sacrifice a little more on some other important scenes.
The movie was 2 and a half hours long, but since it had so much to tell with so many story arcs converging together having one common goal, it still felt a little unsatisfying, especially on the part of the fight sequences which were short and brisk, and not long like the previous Avengers movies or even Captain America: Civil War.
Hopefully, Avengers 4 will fully satisfy us in every way. It comes out on May 3 and here’s the official Synopsis:
“A culmination of 22 interconnected films the fourth installment of the Avengers saga will draw audiences to witness the turning point of this epic journey. Our beloved heroes will truly understand how fragile this reality is and the sacrifices that must be made to uphold it.”