After watching Avengers: Infinity War, it seems that we're left with more questions than answers. Of course, most of these questions will be answered only in May 2019, when Avengers 4 will come out. Until then, we certainly won't learn if the heroes that turned into dust will come back alive, what winning scenario Doctor Strange saw, or whether any time-travel will be involved in the plot of Avengers 4.
But fortunately for all the fans, some questions may be resolved much earlier because they won't spoil the next film. These are such questions like why Hulk had performance issues throughout the movie, how Red Skull became the Keeper of the Soul Stone, or where Thanos got the Infinity Gauntlet. In a couple Q&A sessions with fans, Joe and Anthony Russo, the directors of Infinity War, took the time to give us the answers to these and some other issues that left us puzzled after the movie.
Now let's see how these two resolved the burning questions we all have. They will certainly deepen our understanding of the film and perhaps they will also give us some hints as to what's going to happen next in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
15 Why Were The Trailers So Different From The Film?
Both trailers for Infinity War featured quite a few of epic scenes, which all fans were longing to see in the movie. One of these scenes was shown in the end of the first trailer.
In it, the superheroes fighting against the Outriders in Wakanda were running toward the camera. Right there, we saw Captain America, Bucky Barnes (Winter Soldier in the past, and now the White Wolf), Black Widow, the Hulk, Okoye, and Black Panther. But when the movie ended, we realized a couple of things about this scene.
First, what was Hulk doing there? Throughout the film, Bruce Banner was trying to turn into the Green Giant multiple times, but it didn't work, so Hulk couldn't be there. Second, when did the scene take place if at all? It was impossible to miss it, right?
Yes, right, it was impossible, because the scene simply wasn't there. According to the Russo brothers, this scene was made specifically for the trailer. As it turned out, filmmakers view the movie and its trailer as two completely different products and create them differently. "You have to be very smart about how you cast a trailer," Joe Russo stated, "cause an audience can watch a trailer and basically tell you what's gonna happen in the film."
Should we be waiting to see all trailer scenes in the movie from now on? Or is it all just a tease?
14 How And Where Did Thanos Get The Infinity Gauntlet?
We all remember that the post-credit scene of Avengers: Age of Ultron showed us Thanos putting on the Infinity Gauntlet and saying "Fine, I'll do it myself." Since then, we've all been waiting for the Mad Titan to start retrieving the Infinity Stones on his own. However, Age of Ultron was followed by several other movies, including Civil War, Ragnarok, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2. Neither of these films told us what Thanos was doing, how he was preparing to attack, and where he found the gauntlet.
The Russos confirmed that this post-credit scene was taking place on Nidavelir. "I think that it would be connected to Eitri," Joe Russo explained. "I think that clearly he is the one who forged the gauntlet and Thanos had the gauntlet at that point in time. It's been a while since any of the Asgardians have interacted with Eitri and his people."
And why did Asgard stop protecting Nidavelir from threats? It's simple; since Loki sent Odin to Earth, took his place on the throne, and "fired" Heimdall, no one knew what was going on with the dwarfs. When Thanos came, they didn't have anyone to help them, and Eitri had to forge the gauntlet for him.
Oh, Loki, why did you cause so many problems?
13 Why Didn't We See How Thanos Retrieved The Power Stone?
In the first scene of Infinity War, we saw Thanos wearing the gauntlet that had already contained one Infinity Stone — the Power Stone. As Thor later explained to the Guardians of the Galaxy, the Mad Titan retrieved this stone from Xandar and destroyed the planet. No extra details were elaborated and no scenes depicted this fact, so we had to accept Thor's words as they were.
It led many fans to ask a question, "Why didn't we see Thanos retrieving the Power Stone?" In other words, why was this scene omitted from the film? The Russo brothers have a good answer for it.
"We thought it'd be one too many- there's so many stones he has to collect and you get into a trap and we thought- we knew where it was in Guardians– so it was easy to deal with it off screen," Joe Russo explained to the fans.
In fact, this answer is logical. Infinity War featured several dozens of characters and was packed with a lot of action scenes. Even this way, the movie might seem to be a bit overcrowded to some viewers. Why would they add more scenes to it, if they could be explained in words of others?
12 Is Valkyrie Alive?
Thor: Ragnarok introduced us to one of the coolest female superheroes. It was Valkyrie - the former head of an elite group of female warriors. When Thor met her, she was in her self-imposed exile. She lived on Sakaar and worked as a bounty hunter for the Grandmaster. When Valkyrie learnt that Hela was threatening Asgard, she joined Thor and Loki to help defeat her. After the final battle, she boarded the spaceship that left the destroyed city along with all other Asgardians. And it was the last time we saw her.
We didn't see Valkyrie after Thanos attacked their ship and we also know that some of the Asgardians managed to escape. Thor later stated that half of his people were slayed, which means that another half had to survive.
So where did Valkyrie go? Did she die from the hands of Thanos and Black Order, along with half of Asgardians? Or did she escape with another half? We're fortunate, because the Russos decided to answer these questions.
"Prior to the start of that scene, escape ships were deployed for Asgardians," Joe Russo said. "Including Valkyrie." It means that she's alive, and we're going to see her in Avengers 4. Phew. Now we're wondering if Korg and Miek managed to escape with her.
11 Why Wasn't The Black Order Explained?
Black Order (aka Children of Thanos), was a group of adopted children of the Mad Titan. They were raised by him and turned into super-strong warriors, who had to obey his orders. In Infinity War, their task was to retrieve Infinity Stones from the Earth and bring them to Thanos.
However, all of them failed in their endeavors. Due to Iron Man's efforts, Ebony Maw was flushed into space and died, Vision stabbed Corvus Glaive with his own weapon, Scarlet Witch threw Proxima Midnight into a war machine, and Bruce Banner slayed Cull Obsidian in the Battle of Wakanda.
It was pretty much everything about them that we saw in Infinity War. Those who haven't read the comics could easily miss their names.
Were they so unimportant for the plot?
Why didn't we learn more about them? After all, they all were extremely strong and had the superpowers that made them exceptional.
Again, Joe Russo's explanation is simple: there wasn't enough time for it. The Black Order fulfilled Thanos' orders and led smaller battles before their father came to fight. "Thanos is the true bad guy of the movie," the director explained, "you don't want the sub-villains overshadowing the super-villain."
10 Why Did Hulk Have Performance Issues?
The only time we saw the Hulk in Infinity War was in the very beginning of the film, when the green giant went to take a fight against Thanos. However, the Mad Titan easily defeated him. If Heimdall didn't send Hulk to Earth to warn everyone about the arrival of Thanos, it could easily become the last fight taken by this green angry creature.
However, even though Hulk survived, we never saw him again in the film. Banner tried to call him out multiple times, but nothing worked, and the scientist had to participate in all the battles by himself.
A lot of fans suggested that it happened because Hulk was afraid of another failure in a battle after Thanos smashed him, but Joe Russo disproved this point of view. First of all, he stated that they wanted to make Banner a hero in this movie — instead of turning him into Hulk, as it usually happens. And secondly, it relates to the relationship between Banner and Hulk. "Two characters are constantly in conflict with each other over control," Russo explained. "And I think that if the Hulk were to say why, it'd be [that] Banner only wants Hulk for fighting. I think he's had enough of saving Banner's a**."
Well, this is an unexpected explanation!
9 What Happened To Wanda's Accent?
Wanda Maximoff and her twin brother Pietro were born in Sokovia, a fictional country located in Southeastern Europe. For this reason, Wanda spoke with a heavy Eastern European accent both in Age of Ultron and Civil War. However, in Infinity War, Scarlet Witch started speaking with no accent at all. Fans were surprised by this change and wondered whether it was because Elizabeth Olsen didn't want to work on her dialect anymore or the accent faded for some other reason.
According to the film directors, the absence of the accent had nothing to do with Olsen's preferences.
The accent was erased deliberately, because Wanda was on the run. "We have intentionally tried to strip that accent away for a couple of reasons," the Russos stated. "One is you’ll notice at the beginning of Civil War that Black Widow is training her to be a spy, and two is she’s been on the run, and one of the most distinguishing characteristics that she has is her accent. So if you're gonna try to disguise yourself or hide yourself or not be caught, you're going to try to limit those trigger warnings that would make it easy for someone to identify you, which would be inclusive of her accent."
It also explains the change in appearance of some other heroes. For example, Black Widow used to have red hair and became blonde in the film, while Captain America grew facial hair (that looked awesome, by the way!).
8 Why Did Red Skull Become The Stone Keeper?
If anyone doesn't remember who the Red Skull is, I'm here to remind you. He was the main villain in Captain America: The First Avenger. His real name was Johann Schmidt. He wanted to become a superior man and tried self-made Super Soldier Serum (similar to the one used on Steve Rogers); however, his experiment ended badly as he turned into a horrifying red-skinned being.
He founded HYDRA, possessed the Tesseract, and used it as a weapon of mass destruction. In the end of the film he disappeared, and everyone thought that he perished.
However, as it turned out in Infinity War, Red Skull didn't die, but was teleported to Vomir to become a Stone Keeper and guard the treasure that he "cannot possess" himself. After Thanos sacrificed Gamora and received the Soul Stone, Red Skull could finally leave Vomir.
So why was Red Skull chosen by the directors to guard the stone? The Russos answered this question in their interview with Uproxx. "Somebody had to be the gatekeeper to the Soul Stone, and somebody had to distribute the rules to Thanos and Gamora," Joe Russo explained, and his brother Anthony added, "Somebody who has a history with the stones may seem like they have a little more authority in terms of their experience, especially a tragic experience."
7 What About Nat And Bruce?
In Avengers: Age of Ultron, we saw a storyline that left many of us surprised. What I'm talking about is the love story between Natasha Romanoff and Bruce Banner. It had developed throughout the film. Natasha took the lead in it, by telling Bruce about her feelings and offering him to run away together. At first, Bruce seemed to like this idea, but eventually he ran away alone because he was afraid of hurting Nat in his Hulk form. Needless to say, Nat wasn't happy about it.
In Infinity War, the two finally met after years of separation. It seemed to some fans that they had to have a kind of reunion that'd show that they still had feelings for each other.
However, they only shared a deep and meaningful glance, leaving some of the viewers underwhelmed. Why didn't they say anything to each other? It seemed that they chose to simply ignore the feelings that used to be there. Why did they do it?
According to the Russos, there was nothing to tell in their situation. "There's a sort of unspoken truth that there's no need for a spoken resolution," Joe Russo stated in an interview with Happy Sad Confused. And, in fact, he's right. Both of them knew what happened and understood each other's motives. Moreover, who had time to discuss the feelings, when the threat was so close?
6 Why Didn't Thor 'Go For The Head'?
For the most part of the movie, Thor was seeking to create the weapon that'd help him defeat Thanos. Eventually, he created the Stormbreaker and teleported to the Battle of Wakanda. When Thanos finally came there too, Thor headed toward him and buried his axe into his chest. Fans began rejoicing, but it was too early. Uttering, "You should've gone for the head", the Mad Titan snapped his fingers and fulfilled his plan, by wiping out half of the universe.
The main question that remained after this scene is obvious. Why didn't Thor slay Thanos in an instant? He could make a single blow, and everything would be over. Why did he make this mistake?
In his interview with Comic Book, Joe Russo stated that Thor didn't go for the obvious shot, "because he wanted to tell Thanos that he got his revenge." After all that Thanos did to him and others, Thor wanted the Mad Titan to realize that he failed.
Russo also added that if the audience is mad at Star Lord for what he had done on Titan, they should also be mad at Thor for failing to slay Thanos. "These are choices that characters who are feeling immense pain make and hopefully, the audience can learn to empathize with those characters because they can grow through stories," Russo added.
5 How Did They Decide Who Had To Be Turned To Dust?
As we all know (and it breaks our hearts), half of the superheroes turned to dust after Thanos snapped his fingers, leaving only the original Avengers, Rocket, and Nebula alive.
Immediately, a few questions arose: why were these particular heroes left to live? And why did everyone else, including Nick Fury and Maria Hill, vanish?
In his interview with Comic Book, Anthony Russo replied to these questions, "All of our choices are based on story. It's based upon the road that these characters have traveled, in not only this movie, but throughout the entire MCU up to this point because, again, these movies are the culmination. So all we can say is that they are very focused story choices. That's our motivation for everything."
It's a good answer, but I guess we'll understand it completely only when we watch Avengers 4 next year. Until then, we can only guess what significant role the survivors are to play.
Joe Russo added that these choices weren't easy for them to make and they were very emotional, discussing who had to survive in the film. "They're never easy conversations to have with people. But I think that people are understanding that the story comes first," the director stated.
4 What Were Groot's Last Words?
Teenage Groot was one of the heroes who turned to dust after Thanos attained his ridiculous goal. The most crippling thing about it was the fact that Rocket had to witness his best friend's death for the second time. *sobbing*
Before vanishing, Groot uttered his usual "I am Groot," looking at Rocket, and we all know that his words meant something. But, since we don't speak in his language, we didn't understand him. Fortunately for us, James Gunn, the director of Guardians of the Galaxy, was there to give us the translation of Groot's last phrase.
When one of the fans asked Gunn about it, the director replied that our wooden friend's final phrase meant, "Dad." As we all remember, he was looking at Rocket in this moment, which makes this scene even more detrimental.
When you think about it, it completely changes the dynamic of Rocket and Groot's relationship. At first they were friends, and Groot was basically Rocket's protector, due to his strength and size. However, their roles changed in the second Guardians of the Galaxy movie that featured little Groot. Obviously, Groot started seeing Rocket as his father, which brings their relationship to a completely new level (and breaks our hearts even more).
3 Was It Soul World?
In the end of the film, after Thanos was attacked by Thor and then snapped his fingers, he got to a strange place, where we saw young Gamora standing behind the construction that resembled the one where they were standing when they just met.
The entire scene had orange shades, which led the fans to think that it was the world of the Soul Stone, the so-called Soulworld.
It's interesting that it was one of the few fan theories that was confirmed by the directors. "That moment when he clicks his fingers sends him into this ethereal plane inside of the Soul Stone where as part of his quote unquote hero's journey in the film, he has one last moment to convey a sense of guilt about what he's done," Joe Russo explained. "It illustrates what a complicated character he is. So, to clarify, it's a spiritual representation of her and obviously that's something that the Soul Stone has power to do."
However, according to the film directors, it doesn't mean that Gamora is trapped inside the Soulworld. Her image was a spiritual representation of Thanos' favorite daughter. "It's there to illustrate his pain and his guilt," Russo added. "I wouldn't read much more into it beyond that."
2 Why Didn't Hawkeye Join The Avengers?
Avengers: Infinity War showed us almost all superheroes of the MCU, except for three of them. But while it's understandable why Ant-Man and the Wasp weren't there (they're new, and they're going to have their own movie very soon), the absence of Hawkeye brings a lot of questions to the table.
Why didn't he join his team like he always did? Was he so unimportant in this huge battle? And, most importantly, did he survive Thanos' snap of the fingers?
Indeed, Hawkeye survived, and it has been confirmed that he's going to appear in Avengers 4. But it's pretty much everything we know about Clint Barton's role for the story.
The Russos didn't give any details, only stating, "Hawkeye coming out of Civil War is in the same position that the Cap and Falcon are in at the end of that movie." The directors went on to add, "Hawkeye's on his own journey in this movie."
"What journey is it?" everyone asks, and the answer is, "We keep saying, 'Patience is a virtue.' We did not forget the twice-nominated Jeremy Renner. We cooked up a story for him that is a little bit of a long play. Not a short play." Sounds intriguing, right?
1 Will 'Avengers 4' Fix Everything?
Seeing so many heroes die, many fans hope that Avengers 4 is going to fix everything; hoping the majority of (if not all) heroes will resurrect. However, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the movie scriptwriters, kind of make us lose all the hope.
In one of their interviews, Markus and McFeely stated that even if Avengers 4 is going to fix something, it won't do it in the way we anticipate. According to Markus, "All the deaths in Infinity War were real. I just want to tell you it's real, and the sooner you accept that, the sooner you will be able to move on to the next stage of grief."
McFeely stepped into the conversation, "I think [Infinity War] is a fairly mature movie for a blockbuster. It's got a lot of fun in it, obviously, but boy, it gets very mature. The second one is also mature. ... It's by the same studio, the same filmmaking team. They were written at the same time, shot at the same time. They’re clearly connected, but they are definitely two different movies." To these words, Markus added, "We broke your heart. Now we're going to blow your mind!"
Wait a second, do they think that Infinity War didn't blow our minds?? Then I'm seriously afraid of watching Avengers 4!