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Avengers Infinity War had a bloodier original ending, see gory concept video

Avengers: Infinity War’s ending was shocking already, but it could’ve been more gruesome. A concept video of the post-snappening scene shows Thanos walking in a pool of blood. Watch here.

Avengers Infinity War Updated: Aug 23, 2018 14:49 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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A screenshot of Thanos wading through a pool of blood in an Avengers: Infinity War concept video.

Even though billions of lives were lost at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, the film’s PG-13 rating ensured that no gore was seen. In the film, characters ‘died’ not by getting shot or stabbed, but by turning into dust. Now, a new video shows that Marvel had originally intended on highlighting the magnitude of the ending by having a shot of Thanos walking in a pool of blood.

The moment would have come immediately after Thanos snaps his fingers and ‘kills’ half the universe’s population. The video, shared by Slash Film after a visit to Digital Domain, one of the many effects houses to have worked on the film, shows a graphic shot of Thanos walking in an ankle-deep pool of blood. VFX Supervisor Dan DeLeeuw explained that “it got a bit dark,” which is why the idea was dropped.

Thanos meets Gamora post-snappening.

While the final shot still has a bloody look to it, it’s mostly because of a red tint and not actual blood. While the brighter shot of the bloody lake is certainly more shocking, this reunion with Gamora had more emotional heft, especially since the scene is tinted to be in the same colour as the Soul Stone, which Thanos had to kill Gamora to acquire.

About their decision to use the dust effect in the final film, DeLeeuw had previously said, “We had concept art combining all those things, and it was getting too busy. It became too complicated. It was stepping on what the actors were doing. So it became ‘body turns to ash.’ We peeled away all those layers and focused on that one [Power Stone], deciding how quickly it would consume someone, what pattern it would consume them.”

The reason behind reducing characters to dust could also be that it doesn’t have the sort of finality as an image of blood trickling out of a character has. Which is why Loki’s death feels more final. This ambiguity is one of the reasons that fans are expecting a mass resurrection to happen in Avengers 4. They have seen leaked images from the sets of the fourth film, read the leaked plot synopsis, and dissected quotes by cast members, only to decide that the film will involve some amount of reality bending and time travel.

Infinity War has made more than $2 billion worldwide, making it the highest-grossing Marvel movie ever, and only the fourth film in history to cross the coveted $2 billion mark. Avengers 4, billed as a significant conclusion to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it, will arrive in May, 2019.

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First Published: Aug 21, 2018 20:47 IST