The Real Reason Why Thanos Couldn't Kill The Avengers

We were all devastated by the ending sequence of Avengers: Infinity War, where Thanos finally obtained all the Infinity Stones and accomplished his mission: extinguishing half the universe with a snap of his fingers. However, many people wondered why he did not kill all his enemies, as some of them could find a way to fix things, so let’s explore the reason.

The ending of the movie

Thanos sent his Black Order to collect the stones residing on Earth, the Mind Stone and the Time Stone, while he traveled the universe to get the Reality Stone and the Soul Stone. Most fans expected our heroes to defeat him, as the MCU had never ended any of their films with the main characters left baffled, but this is what happened.

We know that Black Order member, Ebony Maw, kidnaped Doctor Strange and the Time Stone, and the hero along with Iron Man and Spider-Man end up crashing on Titan, where a huge battle ensued against Thanos with the help of our heroes from Guardians of the Galaxy. Meanwhile, the Black Order attacked Wakanda hoping to obtain the Mind Stone.

In the end, it’s the Mad Titan who collects all the stones almost on his own and wipes out half of the universe which was his goal in the first place. However, there is still a lot of confusion when it comes to “half the universe”. The villain claimed to be completely unbiased in his mission, just hoping to reduce the existence because of finite resources.

But why didn’t he wipe all those who opposed him? Was he really that impartial? We usually do not believe that supervillains can be that selfless, but it seemed like he had a real mission, although the same can be said about the villains in real-world history, who hid behind a special “goal” meant to save everyone, to make the worst crimes imaginable.

The reason

According to Marvel Studios’ Head of Visual Development, Ryan Meinerding, Thanos had something in mind, and he revealed why he left a lot of our favorite heroes alive: “The plan of getting all the Infinity Stones is putting [Thanos] in the position of being so powerful that he is sort of calmer, more single-minded, and more reasonable.”

“He is not necessarily worried about killing the heroes. As long as he ends up with the stones, he can accomplish what he wants to.”

Meanwhile, Kevin Feige talked about the significance of Thanos in the MCU, and how hard it was making a giant, purple, cosmic foe for a couple of movies now. “Thanos has been lurking in the shadows with a desire to obtain these Infinity Stones, which has played a big part in our other films.” It could not have been easy to make an enemy for the Avengers that lasted so long.

“We’ve introduced the Tesseract, revealed to be the Space Stone; the Mind Stone, which came out of Loki’s sceptre and then went into Vision’s forehead; and the Time Stone: the Eye of Agamotto that Doctor Strange wears is an Infinity Stone itself! And of course, the Guardians dealt with the Power Stone.”

The director of Marvel Studios continued saying that all these strategies in terms of creating their universe will continue in the upcoming films, specifically Avengers 4, which is expected to resolve the issue of the vanished heroes. “So these storytelling devices that we’ve seeded into every film will continue to play a part and come together.”

Appearances of Thanos in the MCU

“We’ve been teasing this for six years. That’s a long time to tease something cinematically before paying it off. Thanos has to be the greatest villain in our movies.”

Let us remember how Marvel teased the character of Thanos for so long. We knew that the MCU was different as soon as we saw cameos of other superheroes in Iron Man, but the idea of what happened in Infinity War does not appear until Thor, when we got a look at Odin’s treasure vault which contained the Eye of Agamotto and the Infinity Gauntlet with a set of Infinity Stones.

In Thor: Ragnarok, we discovered those items were fake, but it doesn't matter because Marvel was preparing this vast story. In the post-credits scene of Thor, we see a hint of Thanos when Loki survived his fall from the Bifrost Bridge and planned to take the Tesseract. In Avengers, we discovered why Loki lived; he was saved by Thanos to continue his master plan, though we don’t see him.

In the post-credits, we see one of Thanos’ minions reporting that Loki had been unable to achieve his goal, and that is the first time we see the Mad Titan who smiles because his subordinate said that humans are stronger than they imagined – clearly, a challenge. However, we did not know his name at the time, and he was portrayed by Damion Poitier who was cast as “Man #1”.

We only saw a glimpse of The Collector’s explanation of the Infinity Stones in Guardians of the Galaxy. In Avengers: Age of Ultron, we witnessed how the stones were furthered illuminated as the Mind Stone made Vision, and Thor had a vision of all of them, which leads him on his quest. The post-credits scene showed the Infinity Gauntlet getting made and Thanos saying, “Fine... I'll do it myself.”

Our heroes do not take the Mad Titan’s threat very seriously in Captain America: Civil War, as they make fun of “the purple man in the floating chair”. In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, there’s a conflict between Gamora and Nebula, both orphans taken by Thanos, so we detect his presence but don’t actually see him in the film.

By the end, the sister made up, and Nebula just wants revenge against her adoptive father, which could mean that she will play a significant role in Avengers 4. In Thor: Ragnarok, we saw Thor angry that he could not find the remaining stones, and Hela encounters the fake Infinity Gauntlet and destroys it. In the post-credits, we saw Loki and Thor in the spaceship while a big shadow covers over them.

After the release of Infinity War, we saw that the big shadow was another spaceship that belonged to the Black Order. Therefore, this latest story in the MCU was not made lightly. Some things obviously changed because of opinion between producers and directors, and obviously, Josh Brolin was cast later, but it was always part of the plan.

What do you think of Thanos’ not bothering to kill the rest of the heroes? Do you think he was serving a more significant purpose in the end? Honestly, his calm demeanor and seemingly deep feelings were a little confusing for all of us. If you liked this article, share it with your friends who cannot stop discussing fan theories. See you at the theater on May 3, 2019!

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