Guardians of the Galaxy franchise director James Gunn’s true thoughts about Star-Lord punching Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War come to light. Outside their personal story, the rag-tag cosmic heroes were involved in the Avengers’ all-out war against the Mad Titan at the end of the Infinity Saga. While they helped contribute to Thanos’ defeat in Avengers: Endgame, Peter Quill continues to be blamed for the villain’s initial success, following his catastrophic mistake on Titan.
The Guardians of the Galaxy and Iron Man’s group were almost able to get the Infinity Gauntlet from Thanos using their combined superpowers on Titan. However, just before Spider-Man and Iron Man successfully pulled the metal glove off, Star-Lord attacked Thanos after realizing the Mad Titan had killed Gamora. This woke him from his Mantis-induced trance, which was a turning point in his Avengers: Infinity War story. If it was Gunn’s call, however, it never would’ve gotten to that point, as he revealed to THR.
When the characters appeared in the Avengers two-part epic directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Gunn saw disconnects with certain storylines. “They did some things that I wouldn’t have wanted,” says Gunn of the films. (Yes, he says, Star-Lord would have killed Gamora if she asked him to; no, he would not have punched Thanos and doomed the universe.)
Why Star-Lord’s Thanos Meltdown Actually Made Sense
Admittedly, there are several reasons the Avengers lost in Avengers: Infinity War and it’s unfair to solely blame Star-Lord for the decimation of the universe. Thor also came incredibly close to stopping the villain, but because he let his emotions get the best of him, the God of Thunder allowed Thanos enough time to snap his fingers. Still, it would be wrong to fully absolve Star-Lord of any fault. After all, his inability to control his impulse on Titan did contribute to the heroes’ eventual loss. Had it not been for it, the heroes would have been able to stop the decimation.
Despite Gunn’s thoughts about the matter, however, Star-Lord’s actions weren’t uncharacteristic. Multiple times in the past, Quill has been established as emotionally volatile. He was scarred at an early age by seeing his mother die. Being abducted thereafter by Yondu didn’t help him, as it only forced him to put on a facade. So, when he gets upset, like when Ego flippantly confessed to killing his mom, Star-Lord easily loses control.
Star-Lord’s mistake in Avengers: Infinity War was unfortunate, but it also helped to ground the character. It humanized him, which was integral in a film that deals with purple aliens and space wars. If anything, Gunn should understand this better than anyone, considering what he has been able to accomplish with the Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy.