Marvel teased a dark direction for Avengers: Infinity War years before it hit theaters, and yet it seems many fans weren’t quite prepared for the dark and emotional ending as it played out. Several fans have even singled out one hero in particular for allowing events to spiral out of control. But according to Infinity War directors Anthony and Joe Russo, there’s more than enough blame to go around.
SPOILER ALERT: This post includes major plot points for Avengers: Infinity War. Come back after you’ve seen the film!
Star-Lord earned the wrath of fans after his immature reaction to the apparent death of Gamora. The Guardians of the Galaxy, Nebula, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, and Iron Man were on the verge of getting the Infinity Gauntlet away from Thanos, but Star-Lord couldn’t contain his anger and he inadvertently gave Thanos a chance to turn the tide.
Subsequently, Thanos killed half the universe with a snap of his fingers, including Star-Lord. However, when the topic of Star-Lord’s actions came up, the Russos told ComicBook.com that another hero may be equally to blame.
"I would argue that the fan base could be equally upset with Thor, who chose to throw that ax into Thanos' chest and not his head," said Joe Russo. "Because he wanted to tell Thanos that he got his revenge."
Earlier in the film, Thor promised Thanos that he would die for murdering Loki, Heimdall, and every Asgardian left on the refugee ship. Thor even acquired his new hammer, Stormbreaker, just to have something to kill Thanos with. And yet when the rematch came, Thor struck a blow that intentionally left Thanos alive long enough for him to gloat. Moments later, Thanos snapped his fingers and disappeared.
"Had he gone for a kill shot, that snap would not have happened,” continued Russo. “These are choices that characters who are feeling immense pain make, and hopefully the audience can learn to empathize with those characters because they can grow through stories... Stories can teach us things and that we should try to see every choice from the perspective of the character that made the choice."
Thor will get his chance for redemption when Avengers 4 opens on May 3, 2019. Although Russo couldn’t resist saying that Star-Lord won’t get the same chance "because he is dead."