WARNING: There are MAJOR SPOILERS ahead for Avengers: Endgame.
So if you’re one of the few people left on the planet who hasn’t seen the highest grossing film of all time and you have also somehow managed to avoid finding out who dies in it then you shouldn’t read ahead.
The deaths of Iron Man and Black Widow in Avengers: Endgame were two of the most heart-wrenching scenes in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Endgame’s writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have now opened up about the decisions to kill-off these beloved characters in the blockbuster, admitting that the powers that be over at Marvel Studios never told them who to kill. In fact, the pair were seemingly given an awful amount of freedom when scribing the film.
“I think really all we were handed was Thanos, which necessitates the use of the Infinity Stones -- which are this, this, and this throughout the MCU -- and 'If you want to get rid of people, you can, but you’re under no obligation to just kill them willy nilly’,” recalled Markus.
“And that was just about all.”
McFeely did then make sure to point out to Vanity Fair that they then didn’t just pick “people at random to kill” though.
In fact, the only constriction Marvel president Kevin Feige gave to McFeely and Markus was to make sure that Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame were two separate movies and not just one very, very long six hour film that had been split down the middle.
“It was always going to be Avengers 3 and 4,” insisted Markus.
“It was always intended to be two separate movies. That was from on high from Kevin [Feige]. He did not want to make a two-parter. Very different structurally and tonally, and that was always our intention.”