As we all know by now, to say that things don’t go to plan for our heroes by the end of Avengers: Infinity War is a massive understatement. The movie closes with Thanos having wiped out half of all life in the universe and unfortunately, one character in particular has received the brunt of fans’ anger for the deaths of so many of their favorites: Peter Quill AKA Star-Lord.
This is because, at one stage, Team Iron Man comes up with a solid plan to get the Infinity Gauntlet off Thanos’s arm. It nearly goes off without a hitch, too – but Star-Lord emotionally lashes out at the Mad Titan after he discovers that the villain murdered his girlfriend Gamora. This ruins the scheme and Thanos keeps his weapon, eventually going on to kill billions upon billions with it.
But does Star-Lord really deserve all those nasty comments – or at least, the jokes at his expense – that have been shared on social media? Star Chris Pratt certainly doesn’t think so. He was asked for his thoughts on the reception Quill’s actions in Infinity War have received so far in a recent interview and gave a smart response as to why he believes it was totally in character for the Guardian to do what he did.
“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.”
Pratt makes a good point about how much Peter Quill has suffered in his life. Gamora means everything to him, so to lose her would obviously result in him making an irrational, violent and emotional decision. He did the same thing when Ego revealed that he’d killed his mother in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Not to mention that Iron Man similarly attacks Bucky after learning about his parents’ deaths in Captain America: Civil War.
The actor then went on to joke that you could say that we’ve Star-Lord to thank for making the movie last longer. What’s more, he wants to know why people don’t just blame Thanos for being evil in the first place.
“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 another good argument from Pratt. It’s not just Star-Lord that paves the way for the Mad Titan to win in Avengers: Infinity War. Many of his fellow heroes also make mistakes that allow him to get the upper hand. Gamora tells him where the Soul Stone is, Doctor Strange hands him the Time Stone and, finally, Thor doesn’t go for a fatal blow to the head with Stormbreaker. With that in mind, where’s the backlash against them, eh?