‘Avengers: Infinity War’: Thor’s Choice In Wakanda Battle Was About Hubris

The Avengers: Infinity War Blu-Ray audio commentary reveals the reasons behind Thor's controversial attempt at taking down Thanos in Wakanda.

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The Avengers: Infinity War Blu-Ray audio commentary reveals the reasons behind Thor’s controversial attempt at taking down Thanos in Wakanda.

One of the most iconic moments in Avengers: Infinity War was Thor, Rocket, and Groot’s last minute arrival in Wakanda. When all of the other Avengers are struggling to fight off the hordes of Outlanders sent by Thanos’ children, the cosmic trio makes a grandiose entrance before Thor goes off to begin his carnage.

This ultimately leads up to a final attempt at stopping Thanos who has collected all Infinity Stones. By throwing his brand new axe, Stormbreaker, Thor gravely wounds Thanos. Despite the damage, Thanos teases Thor by exclaiming that the Asgardian should’ve “aimed for the head”. Since then, this has become a point of tension where fans have commented that Thor should have indeed known better and aimed for the head. Fans can rest assured, however, as directors Anthony and Joe Russo have revealed the reason behind this decision: hubris.

It’s easy to forget that Thor’s origin story involved him losing his abilities due to not being “worthy”. This leads to him letting go of his arrogance and taking the role of a hero with a much more humble attitude. Despite this, being overly-confident has been always been a characteristic of Thor’s, and this is how the Russo’s explain his failed attempt at killing Thanos. It appears that Thor was hoping to gravely wound Thanos with that first blow before finishing him off with the sole purpose of being able to deliver a final line in the face of the Mad Titan during his final moments.

Of course, this is very much in line with Thor and it makes perfect sense and, who knows, maybe Thor will be able to get that last word in Avengers 4 after all.

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. Here’s the official synopsis:

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.

Avengers: Infinity War will be available on Digital HD on July 31, 2018 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on August 14, 2018.

Source: Marvel