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“We were meticulous about each of the characters and spent a lot of time discussing how each character’s death would affect future films,” Avengers: Infinity War producer Trinh Tran told ComicBook.com. ‘”The snap’ was always part of our story discussions from go. We all agreed Thanos needed that iconic moment, and definitely used the comics as a reference point. We had Brolin, in mocap, snap his finger on the day. Many other filmmaking aspects went into creating the iconic moment. The build-up to the snap was just as important as the snap itself.”
When it came time to inform the cast members and let the snap spoilers out of the bag, there was a mixed bag of reactions.
“The reaction of our talent when they found out they would be blipped on the morning of shooting the actual scene,” Tran said. “We made a decision early on in production that we were going to be diligent about the spoilers of the film, so there were no copies given out of any of the big moments in the film just in case something happens to it. It was decided that we’d reveal, in person, to the talent that morning that some of them would not survive at the end of the film, so it was a little nerve-wracking to get the responses. Sad, surprised, etc.”