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Was Part of ‘Infinity War’ Filmed in The Philippines?

Spoiler alert, obviously.
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One decade of superhero movies has led up to this day, so naturally, we were first in line. Avengers: Infinity War arrived in Filipino theaters at 8:30 a.m. today, and while we’d prefer to leave out our impressions for now, we will say this: It did not disappoint. We doubt anyone in that first screening would’ve argued otherwise.

But Filipino viewers might just have a little something extra to celebrate about the movie. We have reason to believe that an important scene was shot in the Philippines—a scene that might have easily slipped by a lot of audiences while we were all still awestruck. Spoiler alert, of course, so do not read further if you haven’t seen the movie.

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Spoiler alert! Don’t say we didn’t warn you! And remember: #ThanosDemandsYourSilence!

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Last warning!

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The end of the movie sees Thanos retreating to a farmland, as he did in the final panes of the Infinity Gauntlet comic book series. (Although the movie doesn’t quite put him there the same way the comics did.)

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If you thought those farmlands seemed oddly familiar, a few lines in the film’s closing credits would add fuel to your suspicions.

In the “Production Unit” section of the movie's final credits, the Philippines is listed under more obvious shooting locations like Scotland and New York. The Philippines Production Unit even listed a Location Manager and a Drone Pilot.

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Could that suggest that those farmlands in the final shot of Infinity War were the Banaue Rice Terraces? Or any other local rice terraces, for that matter? No other scene in the movie seemed remotely like it could have been filmed in a location here, or had anything to do with the Philippines. And it would make sense, because the shot only needed CGI, and didn't involve any of the actors (if the movie’s big stars actually came here to shoot, we'd have surely heard about it long ago). So consider it a valid theory.

Of course, we could be wrong. Perhaps there was a different way in which the Philippines was involved in the production. Still, it’s hard not to make that connection, considering that beautiful, poignant final scene in which our beloved Eighth Wonder of The World could've passed for an otherworldly landscape.

UPDATE (9:00 a.m., 4/26/2018): After getting in touch with the filmmakers, local representatives of The Walt Disney Company have officially confirmed that the Banaue Rice Terraces were the location of the final scene.

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UPDATE: (1:30 p.m., 4/26/2018): To be specific, the filmmakers confirmed that "they did the VFX plates at the Banaue Rice Terraces for the last Thanos shot." The term "plates" generally refers to footage upon which visual effects are applied.

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