Tom Holland basically knew the ending of Infinity War on the first day of filming


So much for being a shocker to everyone. Kevin Feige revealed that scene with Spider-Man was one of the first scenes they filmed for the final Avengers movies.

In the midst of confusing scripts and even more confusing days on set, it seems like one thing was clear about Avengers: Infinity War from day one of filming (spoiler alert): Some people were going to die. Well, lots of them, actually. About half the universe’s worth of people (and lifeforms).

While we already knew that Tom Holland masterfully handled his final scene with the help of Robert Downey Jr., Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed something quite interesting about when they filmed it.

Speaking to Empire magazine (as Comic Book Movie points out), Feige revealed that Spider-Man’s death and others’ were “filmed on the first or second day of what would be an almost two-year process.”

Yes, it seems like Tom Holland and some of his other Infinity War co-stars knew very well what their fate would be from the beginning. But, as I’ve previously mentioned, it’s curious to know exactly when these reveals unfurled in the cast, given they mentioned so many times that they were given fake scripts to read for the movie.

Holland, for instance, revealed last year that he didn’t know about Spider-Man’s death up until the day that he filmed the scene. So does that mean he received a fake script without Spider-Man dying, and then just walked onto set during the first days to find out Spidey would actually die? That’s got to be some shocker for the first day of filming.

And so, thus marks just another clue into the uber-complex nature of filming Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame. In the same Empire interview, for example, Feige revealed that it wasn’t always certain that the snap would be in Infinity War — whereas, it could have been saved later for Endgame.

Seeing as both movies were shot together over the course of two years, it seems like the producers and directors had a lot of flexibility with how the movie could have turned out. Just as Doctor Strange saw 14 million outcomes for their battle again Thanos, we’re starting to suspect the same thing was true for the plot to Infinity War and Endgame.

Throw that in with extra scenes that were filmed for probably no good reason other than to deceive the cast and crew (such as one where Loki actually lives), and you’ve really got a recipe for one of the most complex films ever made.

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One thing remains to be known, though. That is: was it really worth it, in the end, to make the filming (and marketing) aspect of Infinity War and Endgame so secretive? Joe Russo revealed in the interview that he wanted to replicate the experience he had watching The Empire Strikes Back for the first time (since he knew virtually nothing about the film coming in.) So hopefully, this exciting conclusion of a movie can hold itself up to Star Wars standards.