Spider-Man’s death scene in Avengers: Infinity War wasn’t fully improvised, Tom Holland reveals. Infinity War pulled a massive plot twist by having villain Thanos (Josh Brolin) emerge victorious against Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. This resulted in him snapping half of life in the universe out of existence, including Peter Parker, who was on Titan at that point with Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch).
The scene where Peter repeatedly tells Tony that he doesn’t want to go as he starts to turn into ashes has been immortalized numerous times online, with memes and GIFs circulating on various social media platforms. It garnered more attention when it was revealed by Infinity War co-director Joe Russo that Holland improvised the sequence. But more than a year later, the actor is setting the record straight with regard to what really went down while filming the aforementioned bit.
While appearing on GQ‘s “Actually Me” segment on their YouTube channel, Holland spotted a Twitter post from a fan using the GIF of his memorable Infinity War scene reiterating that it was improvised. The actor then went into a fairly lengthy explanation on how they really filmed the sequence, and it’s apparently not a straight-up improvisation like initially perceived.
“It is improvised, because basically we did a long improvise and it wasn’t great. But it sparked a great idea, and then we reworked the scene and then this was born. So, it is kind of improvised, and a technique I do if I’m trying to cry is I’ll say the phrase over and over again. So for example, if I was like in a scene and I was talking to someone and the undertone of the scene was that I loved them, I would say in my head ‘I love you so much. I love you so much. I love you so much. I love you so much’ and then it like, it just kind of brings up emotion and in that scene, it was I don’t want to go and I just thought I would say it out loud and it works, it’s really good in the film.”
This specific bit is an important character moment for Peter, who returned in Avengers: Endgame thanks to Hulk’s (Mark Ruffalo) second snap. Unfortunately, the film ended with him losing Tony – a reverse of what happened in Infinity War. With the fate of the character currently uncertain now that Sony and Marvel Studios’ deal to share Spider-Man will no longer continue, many are still holding out hope that the partnership will be salvaged. Otherwise, it’ll be odd for the next Spider-Man standalone to not address any of the previous life-changing moments that the hero experienced while he was still part of the MCU.
Regardless of how this Avengers: Infinity War scene was filmed, no one can question the effectiveness of the exchange, particularly when selling the idea that Tony was actually willing to attempt a Time Heist in Endgame just to bring Peter back. Spider-Man: Far From Home leaned further into the pair’s relationship, as it chronicled the young hero struggling to cope with his loss and eventually becoming his own person. It’s unclear if this will be addressed, or at least alluded to in the future, but it’s potentially one of the most emotional scenes in the MCU.
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