Thanos’s snap heard 'round the Marvel Cinematic Universe shook fans at the end of Avengers: Infinity War and has become recognized as one of the most emotionally impactful moments in MCU history. As it turns out, though, the snap originally wasn’t going to happen until Avengers: Endgame.
“We had so much story in those early drafts of Infinity War that, if anything, we thought we maybe shouldn’t do the Snap until the end of act one of Endgame," co-writer Stephen McFeely told Empire.
But Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige was in favor of ending Infinity War on a more dramatic note. “We talked about that ending for years and years and years... It was the reason to adapt Infinity Gauntlet. What was the most shocking thing we could do? End the movie with the Snap,” he said.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Chadwick Boseman, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland and Anthony Mackie. The film arrives April 26.