A new fan theory suggests multiple reasons why Star-Lord’s actions on Titan in Avengers: Infinity War were requisite.
When we left the theaters after watching the Avengers: Infinity War, our ultimate reaction to the film’s end was ‘What the hell just happened’. We had high running emotions and were mad as hell at multiple things. Why couldn’t Thor have gone for the head? Or why didn’t Wanda save the day when she could? But surely the thing that turned most of the fans mad was Peter Quil’s dumb move at breaking Mantis’ hold on Thanos when the team was aiming to take off the infinity gauntlet from his hand.
A fan theory that recently surfaced on Reddit argues it was necessary for various reasons for Quil to do what he did. If you recall what Doctor Strange explained the Avengers about their only possible win at the war against Thanos, then maybe Star-Lord’s freakout was actually an essential part of the plan. In fact, it prevented things from getting even worse at the Mad Titan’s hands. Had Quill not done what he did on Titan, Thanos might have possibly killed all the Avengers present there on the spot.
Let us get it straight, Stephen Strange saw 14,000,605 possible futures out of which it was only one where the Avengers succeed. Based on the events of Endgame, the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes wouldn’t have been able to emerge on top had they had their plan in Infinity War worked out. If Star-Lord’s imperfect attempt at knocking off Thanos with a punch would have had any impact in the grand scheme of things, then the Sorcerer Supreme would have surely obstructed him.
Here’s what exactly the theory says…
Doctor Strange saw all 14 000 605 outcomes of the battle and only foresaw one where the Avengers won. The fact that he didn’t stop Star-Lord from hitting Thanos already tells us this was part of the plan. But in what universe would be stopping Spider-Man and Iron Man from getting the gauntlet to be considered helpful?
Let’s think about what would happen if Star-Lord didn’t do the thing. The Avengers would have gauntlet off… and then what? They would have probably put it in some Avengers storage facility or separated the stones and stored the stones in different parts of the universe. This is all good until another cosmic conqueror (or Thanos if he survived) comes looking for the stones again, leading to another Infinity War. This would probably cause more casualties in an endless cycle of villains attacking the locations of the stones and the Avengers having to stop them, resulting in the deaths of countless innocents on the sidelines. I mean, Thanos literally destroyed Xandar just to get the Power Stone. Imagine that but it happens over and over again.
But because Star-Lord let Thanos have the stones, Thanos enacted his plan, which involved destroying all the Infinity Stones. Destroying them would be the only way to end the aforementioned cycle of villains fighting the Avengers over the stones since there aren’t any left. Hence, this would greatly decrease the number of casualties caused by the stones.
In addition, while some might argue that the Avengers could have destroyed the stones themselves, this would have been impossible. Only Thanos had the raw power to handle the stones and command them to destroy themselves. Looking at what happened with weaker characters like Iron Man and Hulk, the Avengers probably would not be able to handle the power required to destroy the stones. Anyway, that drastic course of action probably would not have crossed their minds if they did get their hands on the stones. Hence, it was imperative that Thanos got the stones and destroyed them afterward. To ensure there would never be any fights or resulting casualties over the stones ever again.
While the idea of the cited theory remains considerable, and some of the reasons quoted don’t are significant enough, but what we ultimately decipher from it is that what Star-Lord did was much needed for the Avengers to attain victory. No matter how pissing it was back then for us to watch, Quill’s actions were pretty justified to make them stay in the one timeline in which Earth’s Mightiest Heroes defeated Thanos.
Let us know in the comments what you feel about the theory.