While the Marvel Cinematic Universe is known for tugging at our tear ducts, Joe and Anthony Russo’s Avengers: Endgame had us reaching for the tissues more than most. Warning: Endgame spoilers ahead
As we waved goodbye to several of the OG Avengers, there were sorrowful swansongs for Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man. The movie’s two big deaths were too much for some to handle, but the directors reveal it wasn’t enough to make them cry.
In fact, out of all Endgame‘s emotional scenes, it was only the opening that had Joe Russo blubbing into his pillow. After THAT big snap at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, Josh Brolin’s Thanos wiped half the galaxy out in a moment known as “The Decimation”.
Endgame opened with the welcome return of Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye. Clint Barton famously sat out from Infinity War, leaving a question mark over whether Hawkeye survived the snap. Although Barton did, his wife and three kids were left as dustballs blowing in the wind.
Speaking to Empire, Joe admits it was too much for him to handle. “I’ve got four kids, and it’s a very tragic scene to open the movie with. It’s one of the few scenes in the movie that actually makes me tear up when I watch it, because I think about my own family,” he confessed. “And then you think about what would happen to you, as a father. You’d become very self-destructive.”