Although Infinity War was a two-and-half-hour spectacle, there were a few scenes that sprinkled throughout the film and stood out. Scenes like Spider-Man’s death or the cliff at Vormir which saw the death of Gamora really stood but the scene that’s been debated the most isn’t either of these.
We’re talking about the scene where Avengers and Guardians almost had the Gauntlet off of Thanos’ hand. After finding out that the Mad Titan had killed Gamora, Star-Lord began beating Thanos in a fit of rage, wakening him from a coma induced by Mantis.
Many fans speculate that Quill had to punch Thanos because that’s the only way they could have won the battle, according to Doctor Strange. Other fans believe that Quill ruined a good opportunity for the good guys to stop Thanos right there.
The directors behind Infinity War have finally broken their silence in a recent Q&A hosted by Collider after a screening of Infinity war. Director Joe Russo admitted that Thanos wouldn’t have been able to retrieve the Gauntlet back from the good guys had they managed to get it off at that point.
“No. That was the turning point of that scene,” Joe reflected. “Again, these are flawed characters that make emotional choices, human choices. Had Quill not done that, the movie might have ended right there.”
The Russos have previously defended Quill’s actions, saying that he’s one of the most fractured characters in the MCU.
“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,” Joe Russo.
“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 added that the reason behind adding this to the movie was to create a vulnerable situation that included alien races and powered humans.
“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,” added Anthony Russo.