Avengers: Infinity War was no doubt a gigantic undertaking for directors Anthony and Joe Russo and it’s a pretty big deal that they managed to pull it off so nicely. Serving as the beginning of the culmination of the 22-film arc, the film managed to deliver something fans would no doubt remember. However, that memory isn’t really a happy one per say as the film did end on a downer with quite possibly the darkest ending in the MCU. With Thanos aiming to gather all the Infinity Stones in order to wipe out half the cosmos, our heroes had to stop the Mad Titan but to no avail. Thanos succeeded which saw the disintegration of half the cosmos including some of our heroes. It was pretty messed up.
With the Marvel brand being under Disney, it’s a wonder how the Russo brothers managed to convince the House of Mouse to let them go through with this ending. Since the kids might be upset over the dark ending, you gotta assume Disney made a fuss about this but it looks like they didn’t according to the Russos themselves.
According to Deadline, the Russo brothers made an appearance during Business Insider Ignition and discussed the process of making Infinity War. They were asked on what Disney thought about their bleak ending to which Joe revealed that,“They were incredibly encouraging of the choices we made.” Anthony elaborated saying:
“The only way to drive a conversation is to surprise people. If you’re constantly adhering to convention, you’re not going to surprise people. [Plot twists properly done create] pop culture talking points for an audience, but they’re also just good narrative.”
I guess Disney does care about taking risks or are the Russos just hiding the truth cause they can be pretty secretive especially in regards to what happens behind-the-scenes. Disney is probably fine with it cause they know whatever the MCU does would garner them cash and god did Infinity War rake in a ton of cash. This could serve as a stepping stone for Disney taking more risks in their narrative or maybe they’re just letting the MCU be the MCU.