WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War, in theaters now.
With Avengers: Infinity War racking up a significant death toll, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has now addressed the significant losses that opened the blockbuster sequel.
The arrival of Thanos and his Black Order was teased in the mid-credits of Taika Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok, with Infinity War picking up just after the Asgardian refugee ship was attacked. Feige and directors Joe and Anthony Russo had promised significant deaths in Infinity War, but did anyone really expect Idris Elba's Heimdall and Tom Hiddleston's Loki to bow out so early?
Speaking with TheWrap, Feige discussed how emotional it was to say goodbye to two characters so important to the Thor franchise
“A lot of days on this movie were emotional, not just if anything that drastic happened, but just characters that have been around for so long, or for whom the actor is their most identifiable role, or it’s a role that started them on their current giant career path,” he said. “Not just a big dramatic bow, final curtain call, but anything some of the emotional dialogue scenes in this movie people … it would get emotional. For the most part, the film was fun because all these people are fun and all these actors are fun.”
Continuing about which death hit him the most, Feige also admitted to having a soft spot for Hiddleston's Loki.
"You have to imagine it’s emotional as they go through scenes that either represent, as I said, some sort of a curtain dropping, or just scenes that allow them to reflect on how far they’ve come, so there are a lot of days like that, that were emotional," he said. "And for Tom in particular, yeah, there was some. Some days were more emotional than others.”
Elba debuted as the all-seeing, all-hearing sentry of Asgard in 2011's Thor, and reprised his role in the likes of The Dark World, Age of Ultron and Ragnarok. Hiddleston's villain became a Marvel Cinematic Universe fan favorite, with an evolving character arc. As well as being the primary antagonist of 2012's The Avengers, Loki had a leading role in Ragnarok and famously stole the Tesseract to set up the events that opened Infinity War.
The MCU follows the comics and has a habit of bringing characters back from their presumed deaths. However, Feige has said some Infinity War losses will be permanent. While the break-neck speed of Infinity War meant that audiences didn't really have time to mourn Heimdall and Loki, they were at least referenced later on in the movie when Thor discussed his many losses with Rocket Raccoon. As the god of thunder said, Loki has come back from the dead before, but this time, it looks like the troublesome trickster is really gone for good.
Avengers: Infinity War is directed by Joe and Anthony Russo and stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Bettany, Anthony Mackie, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Tom Hiddleston and Josh Brolin, among others.