Avengers: Infinity War gave us the true satisfaction as it was an epic thriller which did not disappoint us after what Marvel had been building this Universe up to. Everything that Marvel was doing till now, every hero that they brought in, every little story arc that they have incorporated in the movies have all led to the big Snap of Thanos which was as shocking as it could be.
The big snap that happened led to the disintegration of half the population of the Universe which included many of the big superheroes from the Avengers and other important characters of the MCU in the name of Bucky, T’Challa, Groot, Sam, Wanda, Peter Quill, Mantis, Drax, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, Nick Fury, Maria Hill, Hank Pym, Janet Van Dyne, and Hope Van Dyne. This was the big shock that came up right at the end of Infinity War and Ant-Man and the Wasp.
The original 6 Avengers survived the snap, and the likes of War Machine, Okoye, M’Baku, Ant-Man, Rocket and Nebula also made it out alive. It was recently confirmed that Valkyrie, Shuri and Queen Mother Romanda did not turn to dust as well. Since Captain Marvel is also coming in she also was not dusted.
Now, we have confirmation for yet another character to have survived Thanos’ big snap. Right before Thor: Ragnarok, the marketing campaign of the movie introduced a new best friend for Thor who was Darryl. He gave Thor some space when no one else would. The Avengers split up after Thor left them in Age of Ultron, and he was not invited back. That was the time Darryl stood with the mighty God of Thunder.
Darryl is back with some good news and some bad news as he came in to wish Chris Hemsworth a very Happy Birthday. The good news is that Daley Pearson who plays Darryl actually survived the finger snap but the bad news is that many of his colleagues did not, which is why he has to work double time and weekends. That was the reason he could not wish Chris Hemsworth slash Thor at the right time.
Here’s the message he had to give in his video:
“Happy birthday, Thor, however many thousands of years old you are. I hope you’re having a good time out there in the universe, and if there happens to be Wifi where you are, if you could just do a quick transfer, I’m in quite a bit of debt since you left. Happy birthday, Thor, I miss you and I hope you’re having a good day.”
The Russos strategically chose who would survive and who would die with the Snap. They chose the ones whose deaths will have a major impact on other characters, like Bucky and Sam went out, which will really motivate Cap, Spider-Man died in the hands of Tony, so he will be motivated, Groot died calling out his dad Rocket, Black Panther went out in front of Okoye, so it all would work to drive character arcs in Avengers 4. Here’s what Joe Russo had to say about how and why they chose the victims who would be erased by Thanos’ big finger snap:
“The movie sort of keeps twisting at the end there in ways that you can’t believe it’s going one step beyond and that the fate of our characters and the fate of our universe are still at play. In terms of our choices of who Thanos would end up eradicating with his snap, it was very story focused. How do we pay off each individual character story most profoundly? The first person to go is Bucky Barnes and it’s shot from Captain America’s perspective. We’re watching Cap go through the experience of watching him go away. We’re watching Okoye, whose number one mission it is 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 resonant.”
Avengers: Infinity War is out on BluRay and here’s the official Synopsis:
“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”.