Star Lord was definitely the most hated character after Avengers: Infinity War came out. Tonnes of memes were made about his inability to control his anger which resulted in the Avengers losing out on a precious opportunity to possibly defeat Thanos. But Infinity War screenwriters have defended his outbursts saying that they were in character. What have they said? Read on to find out:
Infinity War Screenwriters Defend Star-Lord’s Actions In The Movie
Infinity War screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have defended Star-Lord’s actions which stirred Thanos from his mind control. This ultimately prevented the Avengers from claiming the Infinity Gauntlet. But the screenwriters says that it was “not out of character.”
Markus, talking to Backstory Magazine explained that:
“We knew Thanos was going to walk out of there with the [Time Stone], so we were not going to write a victorious battle. There’s something to teaming up that we didn’t just want it to be chaos when the Guardians and Strange and Tony and Spider-Man are clustered into a sort of new Avengers- that they could all work together.”
McFeely added that:
“We made sure they don’t lose their personality in doing that. I saw, particularly in the aftermath of Infinity War, how many people were really angry Peter Quill for f-ing the whole thing up, but it’s completely in character.”
The writers felt that Star-Lord’s outburst, a reaction to learning girlfriend Gamora (Zoe Saldana) was murdered by Thanos had to happen. They said:
“He is gonna go nuts”
Because the writers wanted each scene to do multiple things and for all action to be dictated by the characters, Star-Lord reacting to news of Gamora’s death was not just a character but a significant story beat.
“That’s a good example of, okay, when Peter Quill gets the news that Gamora is dead, how will he react, and can he react in a way that us pivotal for the Titan sequence? We thought he could.”
Markus added that:
“It’s not just rage that his girlfriend was killed. It’s a very strange situation of, ‘I should’ve killed her first, and I failed.”
The later part of Markus’s statement refers to a sequence set on Knowhere, where Star-Lord attempted to fulfill his promises to Gamora and kill her to keep her from falling into the hands of her adoptive father.
McFeely further added that:
“We’re proud of the several weird things through emotional beats that sort of crop up in this movie.”
Infinity War And Endgame Directors Also Defend Star-Lord’s Actions
Directors Anthony and Joe Russo had also defended Star-Lord before. They told ET in 2018 that:
“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 ten 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.”
They further said that:
“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.”
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