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SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains massive spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War. If you have not yet seen the film, and don't wish to know any important details about the end, please bookmark this page and save it until after your screening!
In the weeks since the release of Avengers: Infinity War, fans have been left with many different questions left unanswered in the movie. Where did Thanos go after snapping his fingers? What happened to the Infinity Gauntlet? Why did Doctor Strange give up the Time Stone? Slowly but surely these query's have earned responses from filmmakers, and the latest is this: why did the clothes of everyone who died disappear? Said co-director Anthony Russo,
Whatever was elemental to somebody's presence went with them.
The Huffington Post had the opportunity to sit down with directors Joe and Anthony Russo in the wake of Avengers: Infinity War's release, and took the time to ask some of the pressing questions plaguing the Marvel Cinematic Universe fanbase (provided they didn't spoil anything that we can expect to see next year in Avengers 4). One of these questions pertained to the fact that every character who is turned to dust disappears along with their clothes. Instead, should it have been that each one of them leaves a costume/outfit in a pile in their wake? Apparently the answer is that what each of them wears is part of their identity, and therefore is included in the great disintegration after Thanos snaps his fingers.
Rather than being something that the Russo brothers and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely discussed in great detail in the making of Avengers: Infinity war, this really has the air of what Marvel has historically called a No-Prize Answer. A tradition that originated in the mid-1960s, the idea was that readers could write into the publisher and point out errors in continuity. Within pointing out these mistakes, though, they would have to then provide a reasonable, creative explanation for why it wasn't actually a problem. The quote above sounds like it could easily be one of those responses.
As mentioned earlier, there is truly an endless number of questions left lingering after Avengers: Infinity War, but that's really because it is purposefully established as the first part of a larger two-part story. With some exceptions, many of the things fans are wondering about are purposefully left open ended and mysterious, with explanations waiting for all of us next May in the narrative of Avengers 4. And who knows: we may even get some answers from trailers that start to debut towards the end of the year.
For now, Marvel fans can still enjoy Avengers: Infinity War on the big screen, with the film holding on as the number three movie in America. As recently reported, it is now number for on the all-time list, with a global haul exceeding $1.9 billion. It's unclear right now how big its final total will be, but it will unquestionably go down as one of the biggest blockbusters in history.