Infinity War serves as a backstory for the Mad Titan, Thanos and while the heroes come together to save the world again, the heart of the plot is fixated on the dysfunctional relationship between Thanos and Gamora.
It might seem in the first look that Thanos doesn’t care about anything than his goal to achieve all the Stones but he actually does care about his daughter, Gamora. The case with Gamora is similar; she seems to hate him but inside, she does have a soft spot for her genocidal father.
There seems to be a fine line between love and hate between the character which was recently discussed by film’s co-director Anthony Russo and writers McFeely and Markus. The film managed to establish the theme of a dysfunctional father-daughter relationship in the scene where Gamora initially killed Thanos on Knowhere only to find out that it was just an illusion created by the Reality Stone.
Screenwriter Stephen McFeely revealed that it was only a test by Thanos to see if she really loved him and well, her reaction told him that she did. Russo added that this was an extremely important scene in the movie as it showed Thanos’ inner, more emotional life.
“Twisted, but yes 100 percent, this is so manipulative,” said McFeely.
Anthony also added that Thanos has been trying to salvage his relationship with Gamora as really he loves her. He has tried hard all his life to find a way to help her realize that they also share a bond between themselves. Thanos wiped out half of the population off Gamora’s planet and adopted her. Markus points out that Thanos didn’t drag Gamora or force her to come with him… rather he saw something in her and there’s something she saw in him. Thanos is a protector who is just providing her a new way of life.
Gamora later rejected him as a father in the film, which hardened Thanos and put him on a path towards wiping out half of the Galaxy.