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The power of the whole Infinity Gauntlet was needed to fulfil Thanos’s master plan, but if the special effects are any indication, it was one stone in particular that did the job.
In a wide-ranging interview with Inverse, Infinity War VFX Supervisor Dan DeLeeuw discussed the design behind the infamous dissolve-to-dust special effect used to dramatise Thanos’s victory at the end of Infinity War, saying that it was based particularly on the Power Stone, one of the six Infinity Stones Thanos had gathered by that point.
“The Power Stone was blipping them out of existence,” DeLeeuw said. This decision, which has both narrative implications as well as design ones, was made after a lot of back and forth with regards to what effect would be best.
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