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Avengers: Infinity War screenwriters share difficulty with film's main plot point

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May 30, 2018

Avengers: Infinity War continues to cling to the top of the box-office charts while trailing Deadpool 2 and Solo: A Star Wars Story this past weekend. We have seen how the Russo Brothers break down a scene, so now it's time we hear from the writers' room.

Recently, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely spoke with The New York Times on how they scripted the mega-blockbuster and how 10 years of Marvel movies influenced their screenplay. The conversation is an exciting discussion on the craft—the screenwriters shared one of the most prominent plot elements they wished they didn't have to address—there were six.

Spoiler alert, ladies and germs: Markus and McFeely could've done without the murderous Infinity Stones. "Had we started from scratch, we would not have chosen six damn MacGuffins," McFeely told NYT. “That’s not that helpful. It was difficult to get that all in.” Each of the stones on Thanos' gauntlet is riddled in nearly every Marvel movie, going back to the Captain America: The First Avenger. Considering the alternative, how would Markus and McFeely have handled this mega-crossover if they didn't have to give all the stones its due? Maybe Doctor Strange saw it in one of the 14,000,605 possible futures. I guess we'll never know.

How do you think Markus and McFeely would've handled the first half of Infinity War if it weren't for the stones? Post your thesis in the comments!