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Infinity War: Thanos's Gauntlet snap is still heartbreaking in 16-bit animation

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Oct 21, 2018, 9:13 AM EDT

It's been nearly half a year since Thanos (Josh Brolin) wiped out half of all life in the universe with a single snap of his fingers in Avengers: Infinity War and the Kübler-Ross stage of acceptance was just starting to hit us.

Now you can relive all of that emotional pain in a brand-new 16-bit video from the master of old-school video game animation recreation, John Stratman. This latest project tackles the movie's final moments, particularly Thanos' arrival in Wakanda, his murder of Vision, his now-infamous snap, his chat with young Gamora (inside the Soul Stone?), the ashy disappearance of certain heroes (oy, we don't feel so good), and the Mad Titan watching the sun set "on a grateful universe."

"Since the first 16-bit Infinity War scene ended with Thanos grabbing 5 out of 6 Infinity Stones, I was eager to continue to see him grab the final one. Both the fight on Titan and the final fight in Wakanda are easily some of the most iconic scenes in Infinity War. Continuing to adapt the movie felt nearly inevitable," Stratman told SYFY WIRE. "The first one getting over 4 million views didn't hurt either," he added.

Oh, how we wish Thor had gone for the head...

"It was extremely satisfying to figure out the effect of the characters dissolving into ash. I did my best to make it as haunting as the original," said Stratman, who also includes a side-by-side comparison with the live-action moments, so you can see just how detailed he went with the final animation.

The music was handled by his usual composer, Kenny Mac, who was unable to do the Battle of Titan video, which dropped in August. However, his contribution to this effort, digitizing Alan Silvestri's score, helped bring everything together.

"He really knocked the music out of the park. He really makes the adaptation complete," the animator finished.

We'll find out how the remaining heroes defeat Thanos and reverse his deadly snap when the currently untitled Avengers 4 hits theaters on May 3, 2019.