Directors Explain 'Avengers: Infinity War' Death List in Blu-ray Commentary

Black Panther, Spider-Man, Winter Soldier, Dr. Strange, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Nick Fury, Maria Hill, Mantis, Groot, Drax and Star Lord all died (well, turned to dust) after Thanos snapped his fingers in the final moments of Avengers: Infinity War. While Avengers 4 is far, far away, the bonus features included with the Infinity War Blu-ray and digital release are here to hold us over. In behind-the-scenes featurettes and commentary, directors Joe and Anthony Russo (via Comic Book) divulge how they crafted the Infinity War death list.

"The movie sort of keeps twisting at the end there, in ways that you can't believe. It's going one step beyond and the fate of our characters and the fate of our universe are still at play," said Anthony Russo. "In terms of our choices of who Thanos would end up eradicating with his snap, it was very story-focused. How do we pay off each individual character story most profoundly?"

Anthony explains Bucky is first to go, then T'Challa. "It's shot from Captain America's perspective. We're watching Cap go through the experience of watching him go away," Anthony said. "We're watching Okoye, whose number-one mission it is in life is to protect the king. She watches the king go, in front of her. To see those characters react in those situations is very powerful and resonant."

The Infinity War Blu-ray and digital release includes a commentary track, 10 minutes of deleted scenes and a half hour of featurettes where the creative team, including executive producer Trinh Tran and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, discusses story decisions in depth.

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Before Nick Fury dissolved in "Infinity War," he paged Captain Marvel. With Fury gone, will she call SHIELD (a.k.a. Coulson) instead? Marvel

"When Thanos shows up, we really wanted to make this the most powerful moment ever," Tran said, explaining that the cast did not know the outcome of the Battle of Wakanda until the last possible moment. "We basically revealed to them them the morning the scene was happening that some of them were gonna be disappearing."

Because the audience is so good at predicting stories and sniffing out spoilers, "even just the smallest clue can tell them where the film is gonna go," Joe Russo said. "We worked really hard to make sure none of the secrets of the film leaked. It's about as massive a production as you can mount. About 6,000 crew members working on the film from around the world."

Joe also explained why Loki and the Tesseract were destroyed so early in the movie; the team's goal was to catch the audience by surprise. "You're sitting in the theater thinking, 'Most characters in the Marvel Universe have been safe for a decade.' And we wanted to knock you off-kilter and make the audience understand that the stakes were going to be significant and the cost was going to be very high in the movie," he said.

While the death count was high in Infinity War, it's a safe bet at least a handful of your favorite heroes will return. The Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel is a go at Sony. It's hard to imagine the Marvel franchise continuing without a Black Panther, though a sequel has not yet been confirmed. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is also in the works, and Groot, Drax and Star-Lord make up half the team. Any theories about how Avengers 4 will resolve these deaths? Let us know in the comments.

Infinity War is available for digital download now. The DVD and Blu-ray release is set for August 14.