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AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR: Russo Brothers Explain Why Death Wasn’t in the Film


While much of Avengers: Infinity War closely followed its source material, some things and characters were either changed or removed completely.

When it was announced that Marvel would be adapting Infinity War, fans were left to wonder if Thanos’ relationship with the physical manifestation of Death would be explored. In the comic version of Infinity War, Thanos sought the Infinity Stones so he can win the love of Death. However, in the film adaptation, Thanos is looking for the stones so he can “bring balance” by eliminating half of the universe’s population.

Speaking to CinemaBlendInfinity War co-director Joe Russo explained why Death was left out of the film version of the story.

It’s our job to make these characters work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Death is not a preexisting character. We have two-and-a-half hours with 23 heroes; there’s no room to come in and introduce some character that the audience has no emotional connection to in a finale, in a movie that spans 10 years. But then we have all this other storytelling to deal with.

It makes sense why the Russos would want to leave Death out. Infinity War was already trying to balance the already established heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and introducing a bunch of new characters might’ve hurt the pacing and storytelling of the final product.

Leaving Death out meant also changing the reason why Thanos was looking for the Infinity Stones and the movie was all the better for it. In the film version of Infinity War, Thanos’ mission has large emotional effects on the heroes of the MCU and it also makes Thanos a more well-rounded villain than most are used to in a comic book film.

Since its release, Thanos has been one of the most praised aspects of Infinity War, thanks to the writing for the character and a brilliant performance from Josh Brolin.

Avengers: Infinity War is in theaters now.

Source: CinemaBlend


Donald Lambert

  • Oreole

    Though I wonder why they didn’t replace the death character with Hela who if memory serves is the “goddess of death.”

    • Jeff

      Hela (Hel) is the goddess of the Underworld in Norse mythology, akin to Hades in Greek mythology. Our word Hell comes from her and the Norse underworld because it was generally used to translate Hades in the New Testament and Sheol in the Old Testament.

      Hela would be different from Death or the personification of Death, which is what we see in the comics for this. Hades, Hela, Pluto represented death, though not in the way that the Grim Reaper does – or Thanatos does in Greek mythology. Death is more akin to those representations.

      Not really in love with changing Thanos story like this. Feels very forced due to criticisms about lack of villain depth in Marvel films, just like Thanos’ sporadic overwhelming power also seems a bit overwrought to compensate for past criticisms whereas Eric Killmonger felt much more organic in the story of Black Panther.

  • TheMongoose

    It was the correct move.

  • Ben Alexander

    I think it worked well as it was, you have a slight nod to death………

    One thing I will say where I thought the movie fell a bit flat was the “oh yeah he got the orb from the Nova Corps last week”, surely the nova corps were more adept at defending an infinity stone than Humans! Would have been nice to have seen something from that battle, maybe we will moving forward with a Nova movie but that would be a retcon!

    The other was the Black Order, the most ferocious assassins in the galaxy and they proved to be little more than an obstacle, I get their weakness kinda shows off how awesome Thanos is in contrast however I just thought they could have been handled a little bit better.

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