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Thanos (Josh Brolin) appears in "Avengers: Infinity War."

SALT LAKE CITY — “Avengers: Endgame” writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely revealed in a recent interview why they killed off certain Marvel characters in “Infinity War” over others.

In “Avengers: Infinity War,” the villainous Thanos snapped his fingers and wiped out half of the universe, which includes about half of the Marvel superheroes. We saw heroes like Spider-Man (Tom Holland), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Doctor Strange (Bendict Cumberbatch), among others, die in the film.

The writers told Uproxx they planned both “Endgame” and “Infinity War” at the same time back in 2015. Oftentimes, they’d select characters to put together in certain scenes for both films, which influenced their decisions on who to kill.

  • Markus said, “You know, it was all a question of who had a story and you consider story and pairings and who’s going to feel least like a retread.”
  • McFeely added, “And also, you know, sometimes it wasn’t so much who lived as who died. If you kill only supporting characters, you pulled your punch. And if you do the opposite it just seems weird.”
  • Markus said the process seemed random because the living are dealing with a terrible feeling.
  • “I don’t know if it makes (it) feel random, but part of what masks it is the people left alive are actually going through a worse thing than the dead people. It doesn’t look like you spared them. It feels like you’re putting them through something worse,” he said.

Director Anthony Russo said at the “Avengers: Endgame” press conference that “Endgame” is committed to the ending of “Infinity War,” and that will impact how characters deal with loss, according to IGN.

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  • “For us, moving into Endgame, the story is very much about how do these characters — how do these heroes — deal with loss?” he added. “Resounding loss, true loss, devastating loss — that's what they've experienced in Infinity War, and that was a unique experience for all of them. How does a person move forward from that moment? How does a hero move forward from that moment? The way we wrote it into the story is, How is everybody on an individual level dealing with that experience, and then how do they collectively deal with it?"