Warning: This post contains spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War. You expected superheroes to die in Avengers: Infinity War. The Russo brothers, who directed both films, let audiences know early on in Infinity War that no character was safe: fan favorite Loki is killed off in the first few minutes. Other characters met an ugly fate at the hands of Thanos and his minions, including Gamora more on that later.
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And within the sequence is the moment of the year, which has been adopted as a joke and a meme that has come up obnoxiously often in the last three months. Jackson and Maria Hill Cobie Smulders in the post-credits scene. That part is also notable because Spider-Man takes way, way longer to turn to dust than everyone else does. Most of the characters go from completely whole to pile of dust in about a second or so. I had just chalked this phenomenon up to creative license, like when characters who are fighting each other pause to talk for no reason.
I don't want to go. Joe Russo revealed that the improvised scene was so much longer than any other Avengers death scene for two reasons. The scene became much longer for pure emotional cinematic impact Thanks to Robert Downey's Jr's encouragement, but also because Spidey was the only character to fight what was happening. Peter Parker's Spidey senses told him something was coming. His innate strength also meant he was able to last a little bit longer than even some of the most powerful figures in the universe. Everyone else lasted mere seconds. Spidey hung on for half a minute. It may not seem much, but against the power of the full Infinity Gauntlet, that is incredible.
Fans expected the older guard to say goodbye, but they're actually the last ones standing. This has led to some sidestepping from Marvel, as many of the "dead" heroes are going to be returning for future films. While some may know better, the characters don't and resulted in some pretty emotional farewells. Spider-Man's hit home the most for many, and it originally was much quicker. During Spider-Man's death scene, Joe Russo and McFeely discussed the elongated goodbye he received as compared to the quick sendoffs others got. Joe Russo: "If I remember correctly, right, it was, 'I don't feel so good. So why did Spider-Man get some extra screen time? For starters, Joe says that Tom Holland fought to extend the sequence to drive home the emotion at the center of it. That appeared to be the right move as Spidey's death is a standout scene for Holland, but it also creates the small plot hole of why Spidey lasted longer than, say, Star-Lord, a half-Celestial. It isn't thanks to his Spidey sense or anything, but rather his will and strength, as Joe explained in the "Beyond the Battle: Titan" featurette.