I love superheroes.
I have gone to the movies to see every single film in the Marvel Universe up to Avengers: Infinity War since the very first film in the franchise, Iron Man, was released.
That is 19 movies.
That I have paid to watch on the big screen.
And, I can’t even blame my sons for it because it’s all me.
As surprising as it is for someone like myself who grew up a My Little Pony/Rainbow Brite kind of girl, I have become so hardcore superhero fan girl material (you guys, I took my son to AwesomeCon and sent him to Comicon with a list of people and stories he needed to investigate on my behalf).
It happened in 2008 thanks to one genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist, more commonly known as Tony Stark (aka Iron Man). I just had this major crush on him after the first Iron Man movie came out. He was so funny and smart and witty and cool. Not mention handsome, and charming, and just a little arc reactor powered man snack.
Which is why I kind of lost it a little when I found out that I was going to be interviewing Trinh Tran, executive producer of Avengers: Infinity War –aka the Marvel movie with the ending I still haven’t gotten over and maybe never will if something doesn’t change come Avengers 4.
I secretly hoped the entire interview would be her dropping mad spoilers about what is going to happen to our favorite heroes in the next installment of the Avengers, or that she’d tell us the ending of that movie was more like the ending of the Twilight Saga and less like the ending of Rogue One.
Sadly, none of that was revealed, but it was an awesome day spent taking fun pictures with all of my favorite Marvel heroes…
Making my very own Infinity Gauntlet that may not have the coveted death by finger snap capabilities, but still looks ridiculously cool…
And hearing how Trinh Tran became one of the baddest bae’s in the Marvel Universe right now.
Trinh Tran, Producer of Avengers: Infinity War, On Why Everyone Had to Die
Growing up, Trinh Tran knew she wanted to be in the film industry. It baffled her parents at a time when being a female, woman of color in the film industry wasn’t really a thing.
Sure, there were women, even some women of color, but, in what remains a largely male dominated industry, they definitely weren’t making the waves that she and some of her counterparts are making in the industry today.
It was a journey, fueled by her passion and commitment, to get to the place she’s in right now –as producer of two of Marvel’s biggest films –a place she never imagined she’d be. But, after falling in love with Marvel courtesy of Iron Man (seriously, can we all just agree that Tony Stark is basically everything?!), she realized that this was exactly where she was meant to be and she’s been sharing her talent in this space ever since.
It is exactly this talent that helped bring to life one of the most controversial story arc in all of Marvel history.
Avengers: Infinity War SPOILER ALERT
For those who’ve seen Avengers: Infinity War, you are well aware of where we are going with this thing right now. Because, when you have one of the creators of a film like this sitting in front of you, ready to answer your questions, of course you’re going to ask the one every single question every single person everywhere is thinking: WHY DID EVERYONE HAVE TO DIE?!
While Trinh Tran didn’t give us any hints about where the franchise is headed, she was kind enough to help us understand where they were coming from:
“I think people always assume that the heroes are going to win. At the end of every single movie and we wanted to challenge that. We wanted to say, you know what, it’s OK, sometimes it doesn’t happen but they are still Super Heroes. So you know, for kids out there, it doesn’t matter I guess whatever happens, they’re gonna find a way to overcome it.”
The details of that way may still be a mystery to us fans anxiously awaiting the release of Avengers 4 slated for 2019, but it helps to know this is all part of a grand plan Marvel has for the Avengers’ story.
It’s not just a “let’s see where this goes situation” when it comes to these films. There are comic book inspirations, and scripts written, and story lines developed. And there is a vision, a vision that each of the movies is sort of moving towards:
“…there’s always an idea that we want to bring each of our stories towards a particular direction. I think Kevin Feige is the genius behind this all and he has a vision. He has a vision of where Marvel is going to be and for the last 10 years, we’re able to tell those stories, you know, to bring us to where we are.”
So, having one of the most dramatic movie endings of all time featuring the heartbreaking demise of one of the franchise’s youngest and most endearing characters is not just some willy nilly thing that is happening to garner reactions or boost box office numbers.
It’s part of a grander plan to bring a story to life and to make way for future projects as well.
That’s not to say there is no room for creative silence in this space as a producer and film maker:
“Sitting in the story meeting we really had to make the decision of yes, who we want to survive so that we could tell the next story and we sat there and we boarded out, we brainstormed, we’d sit in the room, we hash it out every single day… we wanted to be able to tell a story, you know, I won’t get into it much because I don’t want to spoil anything but there is a specific reason why some of these people survive.”
Which is really all any of us care about, right?
The story –how did it get to this dismal place where the bad guy gets to go home with the fancy glove and the big win, and where exactly is it going?
I don’t know about you but I plan to be in a theater somewhere finding out on May 3.
Catch up on the Avengers: Infinity War story with the Blu-Ray, featuring tons of interesting bonus features, set to be released on August 14th.
Check out the best movies in the Avengers series here: Avengers Movies Ranked by Kids