Warning: Spoilers for ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ lie ahead!
Marvel fans are still reeling from the events of ‘Avengers: Infinity War,’ and have made no bones about their displeasure regarding Star-Lord’s actions. Now, Star-Lord actor Chris Pratt has come to his character’s defense!
Star-Lord’s reaction upon learning of Gamora’s death has been the subject of debate between fans and critics. Could he have kept it together long enough to save the universe? Or did everything happen according to the greater plan? Pratt was asked about this moment in a recent interview and revealed that he wouldn’t have had it any other way:
“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. 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.”
The moment tarnishes Star-Lord’s plan to distract Thanos while Iron Man uses the strength behind his suit to remove the Infinity Gauntlet. While Mantis has Thanos in a state of semi-slumber, Star-Lord asks him where Gamora is, and it is revealed that he sacrificed her to obtain the Soul Stone. Star-Lord loses his mind and punches Thanos in the face, knocking him out of the stunned state before the Gauntlet can come off.
Pratt also pointed out that his actions prolonged the film, saying:
“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? Jeez, how come he’s not getting any blame?” That’s a really good point, right? Clearly I’m very sensitive about this.”
‘Infinity War’ writer Christopher Markus thinks that removing the Gauntlet would not have changed much, however. Markus said:
“Thanos trashed half of the universe without the Stones, I mean, he went from planet to planet slaughtering people. He’s unbelievably powerful without the Stones. I think they would’ve been very disappointed to get the glove off of him and find he was still beating the daylights out of them.”
‘Avengers: Infinity War’ is playing in theaters now. Next up for Marvel is ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ on July 6, 2018, ‘Captain Marvel’ on March 8, 2019, the fourth ‘Avengers’ movie on May 3, 2019, the sequel to ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ on July 5, 2019, and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’ in 2020.