If you woke up this morning sensing sadness from so many people, that’s not your new superpower. That’s Avengers: Infinity War taking its toll on legions of Marvel fans who caught the Thursday night screenings ahead of the film’s opening weekend. As the film wraps up ten years of cinematic storytelling, Infinity War has left fans heartbroken over its dramatic and devastating ending.
Some fans are even reporting people are passing out in theaters. Damn, who knew Thanos could be that powerful?
Warning: Spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War ahead.
There was only one way a movie like Avengers: Infinity War could end. As the big bad Mad Titan, Thanos (played by Josh Brolin) collects the all-powerful Infinity Stones, the heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe put out all the stops, only for their efforts to have been for naught. With a snap of his fingers, Thanos achieves his ultimate goal and wipes out exactly half the universe. No prejudice, no preference. Fair, balanced judgement.
The body count is massive. Throughout the film, many Marvel favorites meet their fates, including Vision (Paul Bettany), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), and yes, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), who redeemed himself in his very final moments.
But that wasn’t how the movie ended. When Thanos succeeds, literally half the people of Earth and other planets are turned to dust. So many of the Marvel heroes fade away, including Falcon, T’Challa, Groot, Drax, Star-Lord, Wanda, Doctor Strange, Mantis… and Peter Parker, whose death in the arms of his mentor, Tony Stark is an absolute hurricane.
The post-cedits scene also features surprise appearances of Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), who are unfortunately included in Thanos’s genocide. Luckily, they were able to signal a very special someone before they disappeared.
Given that moviegoers have emotionally invested in these characters for the better part of the last ten years, it can be heartbreaking when they “die,” even if they’re fictional characters. That’s why Marvel fans are sounding off on social media about how much Infinity War is ruining their day.
“The realest fucking ending ever,” said user @ftnwhd.
“One hell of an experience,” tweeted @rylee_ann13.
Some fans are even alleging people passing out in their theaters.
Needless to say, if you haven’t seen Avengers: Infinity War yet, it’s a wild ride. (Also, sorry for spoiling.) It’s a bold movie from Marvel, a studio often criticized for not having the iron will to kill its characters. Now here’s, Infinity War addressing that criticism tenfold, and fans aren’t having it.
But that just means they’ll be there when Avengers 4 hits theaters next year.
Avengers: Infinity War is now playing in theaters. Try not to pass out.