'Avengers: Endgame' writers Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus reveal how they risked killing Thanos in the first act!
'Avengers: Endgame' writers Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus walked the Hollywood Film Awards red carpet and told MEA World Wide in an interview that they have one argument in every movie that stops the day. Whatever it takes, 'Avengers: Endgame' succeeded in presenting a unique storytelling challenge by traveling through the whole Marvel history using Pym particles.
Stephen said, "We can't move forward until somebody gives up. But we had a long career with each other and we've realized that there are a lot of bites to the same apple, so it is kind of easy to give in if the idea works. Because if it works, it works, and everybody wins. If it doesn't, it will be obvious pretty soon."
Being writing partners for so many years, Christopher and Stephen test a lot of things out. They said "So whatever we're doing, it is just today's version. If you like your idea that much, bring it in tomorrow, and we can do that one then. 99% of the time, when you come back the next day and look at what you have been arguing about, it is ridiculous!"
When they were asked about the pressure and other big arguments while filming 'Endgame', Markus revealed that the big moves were already decided upon earlier, but it was mostly the smaller moves that got a little wobbly. According to Stephen, the most stressful parts were after they decided what 'Avengers: Infinity War' was and before they figured out how to solve it.
Despite a lot of brainstorming, they did not know what should be done with Thanos, the universe's most powerful villain. Markus recalled how they decided to kill Thanos instead of stopping him. That allowed them to pull off some really interesting stuff and most importantly, "killing the villain in the first act itself!" said McFeely.
When it comes to social media and fans, the writers don't exactly get influenced and do not give in to the demands of the audience. Simply because "if you give them what they want, there is no point in making a movie" said Markus. Looks like the duo is religiously following William Goldman's words, "Give the audience what they want but not in the way they expect".