WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War.
Fans knew that Avengers: Infinity War would see Thanos collecting the Infinity Stones, but they weren’t sure which ones would be featured in the movie and which acquisitions would happen off-screen. While the film introduced new stones and brought back old ones, the Power Stone’s recovery was not shown on screen.
The Russo Brothers recently did a Q&A that has given us a lot of answers about the movie. The Infinity War duo was asked about the Power Stone which Thanos had in his possession at the beginning of the film. Last time fans saw the Power Stone was in 2013’s Guardians of the Galaxy being put in a secure vault on Xandar. In the third Avengers sequel, Thanos claims he has already laid waste to the planet. The Russos explained to fans the reasoning for this event happening off screen.
“Because we thought it’d be one too many- there are so many stones he has to collect and you get into a trap and we thought- we knew where it was in Guardians of the Galaxy – so it was easy to deal with it off screen.”
Avengers: Infinity War is the longest feature among the films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It also has the largest cast list and every member needs at least some screen time. Adding the scene of the Mad Titan destroying Xandar would have been a visual stunner but in the grand scheme of things isn’t completely necessary to Infinity War’s narrative.
There is still a chance that fans could see the infamous event. Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige has expressed interest in a Nova film. A Richard Rider film would be a great excuse to flashback to the events of Xandar’s destruction. This move to have the event happen off screen could actually heavily influence another future MCU film. Before Nova comes to life, Marvel fans can watch Avengers: Infinity War, which is in theaters now, and see Thanos and the Black Order acquire the rest of the Infinity Stones.
Here is the synopsis for Avengers: Infinity War:
As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.
Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, the film stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Peter Dinklage, Benedict Wong, Pom Klementieff, Karen Gillan, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Chris Pratt, Danai Gurira and Letitia Wright.
Avengers: Infinity War is now playing.