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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Many eons ago, Kevin Feige stood on a stage and announced the ambitious third phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Near the end of it all were two interesting entries: Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and  Avengers: Infinity War Part 2. This was back when dividing up a final entry in a franchise was all the rage, and it seemed like Marvel Studios was totally open to that whole idea.

Later on, it was revealed that the second film would be named something completely different, and while I always imagined it was Marvel Studios realizing that adding “Part” to the name would only make the first one less profitable, it turns out one man was against it from the outset: Kevin Feige.

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“He particularly had to work with a kind of bifurcated mind because he’s working on three movies that take place before it, two movies that take place in the middle and then the [final] two movies. So it was interesting to watch,” Avengers: Endgame co-writer Christopher Markus told Backstory Magazine.

“He definitely fought for making the two [final] movies sort of freestanding stories. Obviously they’re connected, but he never wanted a part one and part two. He never wanted a cliffhanger. Some people call the end of Infinity War a cliffhanger, but it’s not. It comes to a definitive end. It’s just sad.”

All in all, I think this was the right move. Personally, I still think Avengers: Infinity War feels like part one of a story, but Avengers: Endgame feels more satisfying as a standalone experience. Regardless, both are quality films that are masterful achievements in filmmaking. At this point, I couldn’t care less.

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SOURCE: Backstory Magazine (via ComicBook.com)

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.