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Infinity War: Russo Brothers explain the backstory behind that gut-wrenching Spider-Man scene

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Jul 19, 2019, 5:01 PM EDT (Updated)

Avengers: Infinity War has only been out in theaters for a week, but the world is already freaking out over the snap heard round the world...or universe if you wanna get technical about it.

**SPOILER WARNING: There are major spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War below. We cannot stress how major these spoilers are. You have been warned!***

Of course, we're referring to the final moments of the movie when Thanos (Josh Brolin) unites all six Infinity Stones, snaps his fingers, and effectively wipes out half of all life in the universe.

While the entire ending of Infinity War is enough to make anyone's jaw drop in abject surprise and horror, it's the scene where Spider-Man (Tom Holland) begins to fade away in the arms of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), saying that he doesn't want to go, that's really tugged on people's heart strings. Indeed, the entire moving moment has already turned into a viral Internet meme

Unsubstantiated reports also arose this week, claiming that Holland had entirely improvised his devastating death scene, but the Russos have set the record straight about how it all came together. While speaking at a Smithsonian event in Washington, D.C., someone in the crowd asked why they killed off Spider-Man. 

“It was always in our heads that we wanted that scene to be very powerful,” Joe Russo said, according to FanSided. Joe went on to explain that the first few takes felt "flat" and like “a piece of plot that was happening.” Finally, the directors gave Holland his motivation: “You don’t want to go.”

As a result, a piece of movie history was born during the next take, meaning that Holland didn't just think up his performance on the spot and out of nowhere, he had a bit of help. Anthony added that the scene was such a success thanks to the combination of Downey Jr.'s improv acting style and Holland's bravery and willingness to expose his emotions for the whole world to see.

Mix it all up and what have you got? Pure gold. Well, a pile of ash, really. What, too soon?

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