Ever since Avengers: Infinity War came out, fans have been very vocal about blaming Peter Quill also known as Star-Lord, played by Chris Pratt, for Thanos’ snap that wiped out half of the entire universe. Infinity War directors, Joe and Anthony Russo, have been quick to defend the actions of Star-Lord repetitively.
“I mean, look, he’s a character who’s gone through a lot of pain. He’s lost a lot of people in his life. He was kidnapped by pirates when he was 10 years old, raised by pirates, lost his mother, had to kill his father, and in the movie, the love of his life is taken from him. So if you can’t understand someone making a human choice like that, I don’t know if you understand humanity very well. But he is a flawed character, and that’s what’s so compelling about him.”
Anthony empathized on why Star-Lord was a good character to work with in terms of the story in Infinity War.
“That moment is very emotionally truthful, and I think that’s why we bought it in the moment and that’s why we loved it as a storytelling point because it made him so vulnerable.”
During the battle on Titan, Thanos’ homeworld, while Iron Man, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Mantis, and Drax were holding Thanos down so they could get the gauntlet off, Quill questioned Thanos about the location of Gamora. When Quill was given the bad news that the love of his life had been murdered, without thinking, Quill loses control of his emotions that allowed Thanos to break free of Mantis’ mental grasp. This pivotal moment in the film led to the snap that ending half of the Universe. The Russo Brothers also explained that blame doesn’t stop with Star-Lord.
“But you know, there are lots of choices that characters have made throughout the movie that sort of led them to lose. It wasn’t simply that moment. If you go back to the end of Civil War, the entire rift between Cap and Tony is sort of a basis for why they lose in this film. Thor gets the jump on Thanos at the end of the film, but instead of sort of killing him quickly, he sort of does it in a way where he can draw out his revenge and engage with Thanos in a way that arguably gives him a window to get away. That’s what we love about these characters. They’re superheroes, they have amazing powers, but what makes them vulnerable is their emotional life and their emotional needs, and that’s where things get complicated and that’s where the story gets really rich.”
Joe and Anthony certainly wanted to point out that people have flaws, even superheroes, and they wanted to make sure those points would come across throughout the film.
“I think it’s important to have empathy in life as much as to have empathy for these characters. If anything, for us, making challenging choices and flawed choices with the characters is a way for us to convey the notion that empathy is critical to living life properly.”
If you are going to blame Star-Lord for the reasoning why Thanos, played Josh Brolin, won in Infinity War, then you should also give blame to Iron Man, played by Robert Downey Jr., Captain America, played by Chris Evans, and Thor, played by Chris Hemsworth. Their troubles throughout the 10 years in the Marvel Cinematic Universe led to this moment of Thanos snapping his fingers.
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Source: Entertainment Tonight