It's been more than a month since Avengers: Infinity War arrived in theaters, and fans are still dealing with the fallout from Marvel Studios' biggest film ever. We're still reeling from the various character losses, wondering where Earth's Mightiest Heroes and their cosmic friends go from here, and re-analyzing which key story beats and character moments matter most. No matter what you think of the film at this point, though, Infinity War co-star Chris Pratt would like you to know one thing: He really doesn't think it's his fault.
Pratt, of course, reprised his role as Peter "Star-Lord" Quill for the film, which marked the first time his Guardians of the Galaxy team got to join forces with the Avengers. The various events of Infinity War led Star-Lord to come face to face with Thanos twice, and the second time his actions ended up costing all of the various heroes dearly. Locked in battle on Titan, it seemed like Doctor Strange, Drax, and Mantis had managed to subdue Thanos just enough that Iron Man and Spider-Man were going to be able to pull the Infinity Gauntlet off his left hand. Then Star-Lord, who'd up to that point lived up to his part of the plan, had to start gloating and interrogating the half-conscious Thanos about what happened to Gamora.
When it became clear that Thanos had killed Gamora in his quest to get the Soul Stone, Star-Lord couldn't take it, and started throwing punches. Thanos tossed Mantis -- and her sleep-inducing empath powers -- off his shoulders, yanked the Gauntlet back on to his hand, and ultimately managed to beat everyone down enough that Strange surrendered the Time Stone to him.
Now, Star-Lord getting angry and ruining the plan to get the Gauntlet away from Thanos is far from the only thing that went wrong for our heroes in Infinity War, but many fans decided everything that happened next hinged on Quill's lack of restraint. Because he lost his temper, Thanos got the Time Stone, went to Earth, got the Mind Stone, and snapped his fingers. All of that, in turn, has led to countless fans yelling at Chris Pratt on the internet for (in the story, at least) wiping out half of the universe.
While out promoting his next 2018 blockbuster, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Pratt finally took some time to respond, and even though he could distance himself from Star-Lord and say he was just doing what was in the script, he's standing by his character.
“Look – the guy watched his mother die, he watched as his father-figure died in his arms, he was forced to kill his own biological father,” Pratt told RadioTimes.com. “And now has suffered the loss of the love of his life.
“So I think he reacted in a way that’s very human, and I think the humanity of the Guardians of the Galaxy is what sets them apart from other superheroes. I think if we did it a hundred times I wouldn’t change a thing.
“I guess you could have the movie end a half hour earlier if you wanted, but it seemed like people really liked this.
“And also, I blame Thanos, OK?” he added. “Jeez, how come he’s not getting any blame?"
Pratt actually raises an interesting point about Star-Lord's background in his defense of the character that's often not brought up when discussing his Infinity War failings: Peter Quill is a comedic character, a lovable scoundrel with a massive ego who's usually more concerned with being a smartass than he is with more noble pursuits. His sense of humor, though, also serves to counteract some rather serious pain he's suffered in his life. As he tells Thor earlier in the film, he's lost both parents and his surrogate father by the time Infinity War rolls around, plus he was taken from his home as a boy and he's never been able to return.
Now in the Guardians he's found a family and in Gamora he's found love, and Thanos is threatening to take all of that away too. When it's clear that Thanos has succeeded in ripping Gamora away from him, Star-Lord's bravado evaporates and he can't control himself. Sure, all he had to do was hold that rage in for just a few more moments and then Iron Man would have let him throw all the punches he wanted, but that's not how human emotions work, particularly in high-pressure moments.
However you feel about Star-Lord's actions in the film, we likely haven't gotten the final word on them just yet. The sequel to Infinity War arrives next spring, followed by a third Guardians of the Galaxy film (which Pratt is not confirmed to appear in yet, but... come on) in 2020. By the time the dust settles, it seems very possible that we'll have forgotten all about Star-Lord's little outburst.
What do you think? Does Pratt have a point or are you still mad at Star-Lord?