The ending of the long-awaited Avengers: Infinity War caused a lot of derision among fans, but in a recent interview, Joe and Anthony Russo addressed the ending and the permanence of those deaths.
WARNING: Spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War ahead.
Most MCU fans went into their first viewing of Infinity War expecting some of their favorite heroes to die. We’d been warned about it, and though no one likes losing their faves, it seemed like something that had to happen in order to push the MCU forward.
So when the final credits rolled and we found that Thanos wiped out all of the new MCU heroes and most of the Guardians of the Galaxy, fans had mixed reactions. Those who didn’t care for the ending felt that it was a cheap ploy that would almost immediately be undone in Avengers 4. However, in a recent interview with the Huffington Post, Joe and Anthony Russo warn fans to not be so quick to assume.
Dave Bautista made headlines recently when he said he expected for his character, Drax, to come back from the dead because he was slated to star in both Avengers 4 and Guardians of the Galaxy 3. The Russos, however, countered that those contractual obligations don’t necessarily mean anything, as we shouldn’t necessarily expect for future MCU movies to fall into a linear timeline.
As Anthony Russo told HuffPost, “Here’s the thing, I think it’s important to remember anything is possible in the MCU. Just because there’s a sequel on the books doesn’t mean … people become accustomed to time moving linearly in the MCU. That doesn’t necessarily have to be the case.”
And the MCU has proven that it isn’t bound to linear time, with both Ant-Man and the Wasp and Captain Marvel‘s standalone movies taking place before the events of Avengers: Infinity War. So it’s possible that Thanos’ actions are more permanent than many of us thought.
Of course, we’re still pretty certain that those Thanos turned to dust will be back in Avengers 4. After all, it would be really hard for Marvel to continue franchises like Spider-Man and Black Panther with the main heroes gone. Still, the Russos comments do give us a lot to think and theorize about, which is basically all we can do until Avengers 4 hits theaters in 2019.