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Avengers: Endgame Disproves Kevin Feige's Strangest Claim About Thanos' Snap

Sorry, Kevin...

While Avengers: Endgame answered most of the questions that Avengers: Infinity War left, it seems like it does disprove one of the claims made by Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige about Thanos’ snap.

The movie gave closure to the Infinity Saga with a few characters exiting the MCU and others getting a new beginning.

It managed to answer questions like how did Tony Stark end up back on Earth and where was Captain Marvel before she got paged by Nick Fury. But it ignored one of Feige’s claims about the snap and did nothing to support it, leaving many fans to wonder whether Thanos’ snap actually included plants and animals.

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In July, Feige told Birth Movies Death that the snap wiped out animals and plants as well as humans because Thanos’ goal was to get rid of half of all living things.

In August he took to Twitter to once again confirm Thanos did, in fact, do that, but his claims aren’t really matched onscreen.

In the movie, when the Hulk snaps everyone back, we get the tiniest hint that Feige’s theory is true when we hear birds chirping all of a sudden, but that doesn’t totally support the claim.

In the opening scene of the movie we see Clint Barton and his family moments before the snap, but the only things that disappear are his wife and kids, the trees and plants surrounding him stay put.

The same thing happens in Infinity War in Wakanda, why didn’t any of those plants get dusted?

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So, it seems quite weird that Feige would keep saying this when there’s barely anything in the movie that would suggest that this is the case. It’s possible he and co-directors Joe and Anthony Russo simply have different ideas of how the snap works – the Russo brothers famously don’t agree with the movie’s writers about how time travel works in the film.

The Smithsonian Magazine spoke to a bunch of scientists to discover what would actually happen if half of all living things were to disappear and it’s not great…

Entomologist May Berenbaum from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, told them that “it would be very chaotic”.

“It would be very chaotic, and I don’t even know how you would snap your fingers in an ecologically sustainable way.”

“You would have problems with all the ecosystem services that insects are responsible for, including removing dead bodies or pollination services,” she added.

Thanos’ snap would also be devastating to large mammals and other carnivores according to the mag.

They wrote, “With half the world’s life gone, small animals like rats could come to inherit the Earth while larger species simply die out. In the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event, for example, when an asteroid hit the Earth 66 million years ago and helped snuff out the dinosaurs, some 75 percent of all species were lost, but small, rodent-like mammals managed to survive and adapt.”

If the Avengers weren’t able to reverse Thanos’ destruction, the universe probably wouldn’t have recovered for millions of years, so thank God they figured out a way!

Joe Russo Reckons Robert Downey Jr Deserves An Oscar For Avengers: Endgame And Same

"That is a profound performance."

Avengers: Endgame was the biggest movie of, er, well probably ever and it made so much noise upon its release that we’re still talking about it months later.

Robert Downey Jr was a clear stand out in the movie, and the directors of the movie, Joe and Anthony Russo, are making it clear they’re ready to campaign for him to get an Oscar for his work in the film.

During an interview with The Daily Beast, Joe said, “I just want to stump for one thing, and that’s Robert Downey… We don’t make movies for awards. Yes, making this was exceedingly difficult. We made the two most expensive movies ever back-to-back.

“But I just want to stump for one thing, and that’s Robert Downey. I don’t know if I have ever seen – in movie history – a global audience react to a performance the way they did to Robert Downey in that movie.

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“There were people bawling in movie theaters, hyperventilating. I mean, that is a profound performance, when you can touch audiences all over the world to that degree. We’ve never seen anything like that, and if that doesn’t deserve an Oscar, I don’t know what does.”

And we actually have to agree with him on that one. He should at least be nominated, right?!

However, we all know that when it comes to the Academy Awards, the accolades are more often than not given to smaller, lesser-seen movies that often cover morally complicated topics rather than big-budget films.

Is it possible that Endgame could actually make waves this awards season? We’re not going to bet on it, but it wouldn’t be unlikely for the film to pick up a few nominations for the behind the scenes work.

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The movie currently has a 94 per cent rating on Rotten Tomatoes with most reviews saying they strongly recommend it.

Downey has previously scored himself two Oscar nominations for Chaplin and for Tropic Thunder – which was quite an unconventional selection.

As Joe said, it’s unlikely there’ll be another actor this year who will make more people cry in cinemas than Downey, so maybe there is a tiny chance he’ll be considered?

Why The Russo Brothers Aren't Surprised At Spider-Man's Split With The MCU

It makes sense...

It shocked millions of fans when Marvel and Sony announced they couldn’t reach an appropriate deal to keep Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in the MCU.

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There seemed to be a tiny glimmer of hope as negotiations were continuing, however, Sony’s CEO has since clarified that “the door is closed” on a Marvel/Sony partnership for the moment.

This is a huge disappointment for fans who have loved having Spider-Man as part of the MCU and it also makes people wonder if the only reason this version of Spider-Man has had so much success is because of Marvel’s involvement.

Two people who aren’t shocked at the news are Joe and Anthony Russo, the brothers who co-directed all of Holland’s MCU movies.

In an interview with the Daily Beast, Anthony said he and Joe weren’t surprised about the breakdown of the deal, because it was so difficult to make the first time around.

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Anthony said, “I think that’s why Joe and I are not so devastated or surprised that there’s been a falling-out, because it was so hard to make it happen in the first place.”

The Russo Brothers revealed it was them who pushed Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige to put the deal together, adding that Feige didn’t really mind if the deal didn’t go ahead in the first place.

Joe explained, “It wasn’t easy. Kevin went through a lot. There were a lot of ups and downs, and he kept walking into our office and we’d go, ‘Look, we’ve got to do it with [Sony],’ and he’d go, ‘OK, I’ll figure it out,’ and walk back into his.

“He was looking for the way out. He wanted to open that door and have us go, ‘We figured it out! We don’t need Spider-Man!’ because it’s a lot of work to get two major corporations to play nice with each other, and the fact that it happened at all, we should all be dancing and celebrating that we got that little bit of time.”

He’s probably right, despite Spidey’s time in the MCU being brief, it was pretty damn awesome that we had him at all. However, it will be very interesting to see where Sony takes Peter Parker next as it really seemed as though Spidey was being built up to be the next Iron Man.

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While there’s no hope for another Sony/Marvel deal in the near future, there’s always the possibility of something happening later on.

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