When Thanos (Josh Brolin) snapped his fingers in Avengers: Infinity War, he rid the universe of half of all life. But one question which surfaced repeatedly after that was- did his Snap really kill half of plant life as well? Now Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has clarified what got Snapped and what didn’t.
What Did Thanos’s Snap Ultimately Kill?
In short, Thanos fully went through with his plan. Not only did half of all humans and alien races disappear, but Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige confirmed that animals and plants were also victims of the Snap.
So it means that half of all life from humans to flowers and beyond got Snapped. This revelation was made during a Q&A with Feige and producer Trinh Tran during a watch-along event with Vudu.
Feige tweeted this on the official Avengers account:
“Thanos snapped away half of all life, including animals. And probably even trees. We had some shots of Central Park we were going to use to lead Cap’s grief counseling scene, and we talked about what it would look like with 50% less trees.”
You can check out the tweet below:
Thanos snapped away half of all life, including animals. And probably even trees. We had some shots of Central Park we were going to use to lead Cap’s grief counseling scene, and we talked about what it’d look like with 50% less trees. – Kevin #AvengersEndgame #VuduViewingParty https://t.co/Bju2UU5hOH
— The Avengers (@Avengers) August 3, 2019
Why Was The Effect Of The Snap Shown On-Screen?
After Avengers: Infinity War hit theatres last summer, directors Anthony and Joe Russo spoke with ComicBook.com about The Snap and its impact on society. Joe Russo revealed why they chose to show the heroes dust away rather than ending the movie by cutting to black. He said:
“It was always a plan to show beyond that because when we made the decision to have the Snaps themselves, that’s a plot trick to cut to black after an incident like that happens and it doesn’t give any emotional resonance or catharsis. The true heartbreak doesn’t lie in the fact that he snapped his fingers. It lies in the fact that people have to watch loved ones and we have to watch characters that we care about die.”
Avengers: Endgame is now available digitally ahead of a home media release on August 13th.
Other upcoming Marvel Studio project include Black Widow on May 1 2020; The Falcon and The Winter Soldier in fall 2020, The Eternals on November 6, 2020; Shang-chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on February 12, 2021 amongst others.
To know more about how Thanos’s Snap would have realistically affected 50% of all life on earth, click on the video below: