Thanos snapping his fingers and wiping out half the population of the universe at the end of Avengers: Infinity War was pretty impressive, but that doesn’t hold a candle to the awesome cinematic visuals we saw when he hurls a frigging moon at Iron Man during their battle on Titan. The sequence was used in the trailers for the film and it was a terrific teaser of just how formidable an opponent the Mad Titan would be.
As it’s so jaw-dropping, we didn’t really think about how exactly he pulled off this mighty feat. In the commentary track for Infinity War‘s home video release, though, director Joe Russo was on hand to explain which of the Infinity Stones the villain used to first break off parts of the moon and then throw them as meteorites at Tony Stark.
It turns out he utilized two. As Russo put it, Thanos “uses two stones there. He uses the Power Stone to destroy the moon. And then he uses the Space Stone to pull it so quickly to the surface of Titan.”
This makes a lot of sense. The Power Stone is known to be capable of causing untold destruction on a planet-wide scale. For instance, Ronan wanted to use it to destroy Xandar in Guardians of the Galaxy. The Space Stone, meanwhile, is exactly like it sounds and can manipulate space (see: teleporting Red Skull to Vormir in Captain America: The First Avenger).
The Russo brothers’ commentary is proving to be quite useful for explaining how exactly Thanos employs the Infinity Stones during his fight with the Avengers and the Guardians on Titan. For instance, it’s also been revealed that he first used the Soul Stone to fight Doctor Strange on the astral plane and not during his apocalyptic finger snap.
You can learn about all of that and more from the film’s audio commentary track when Avengers: Infinity War lands on DVD and Blu-Ray on August 14th.