Infinity War was a seriously great movie. Whatever your opinion on it may be, you can’t deny just how ambitious and impressive it actually is. That said, the movie does have its shortcomings. Primarily, the large amount of opportunities that the heroes missed where they could have easily stopped and defeated Thanos. With so many characters, these kinds of problems were almost unavoidable, but that doesn’t make them any less detrimental to the movie’s quality. The other day in my Infinity War Review, I stated “I could think of a hundred ways they could have easily stopped Thanos at multiple points throughout the film”. While this is nowhere close to a hundred, these eight ways the heroes could have defeated Thanos prove that Doctor Strange was wrong when he said they only have one chance of victory.
#1 With a Little Preparation
Benjamin Franklin once said “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail”. When you consider this, it makes perfect sense why the heroes failed to stop Thanos in the end. They didn’t prepare whatsoever. Literally everything the heroes do in Infinity War is in the spur of the moment. Stark states to Strange on Ebony Maw’s ship that Thanos has been on his mind for six years. Wait, WHAT? You’re telling me, you knew Thanos and the threat he posed perfectly well for six years, and you didn’t do anything about it until he showed up on your doorstep? You knew where at least ONE of the stones was. You could have had the Mind Stone separated from Vision and destroyed months, maybe even YEARS ago. Thor knew where the reality stone was, you could have done the same with that one! And possibly the Space Stone too! Earth’s heroes had YEARS to come up with a plan to combat Thanos. Granted, they were a little busy saving the world, but they still had plenty of time to figure out a way to defeat Thanos.
#2 By USING THE DAMN STONES
Destroying the stones is a safe bet, but they could have also used the stones to their advantage. Apart from Strange using the Time Stone to look into the future, NONE of the heroes decide to use the stones in their possession at any point. For the love of Gods, Loki HELD THE SPACE STONE in his hand right at the start of the movie. He could have used the stone to open a portal underneath Thanos that went into a star. Or he could have teleported himself and Thor away when things started getting bad. Thor could then go with Loki and get the Reality Stone from the collector. That leaves the heroes with FOUR Infinity Stones to Thanos’ one, two if he somehow gets to Gamora. Speaking of which…
#3 By Not Doing a Scooby Doo
One of the most *facepalm* moments in the film for me was when all the heroes decided it would be a good idea to split up. Seriously, you’d think the galaxy’s greatest defenders would be smarter than the Scooby Doo gang, but nope! This goes for all the heroes who decided that their tiny, 3-4 person groups could take on Thanos, but the biggest offenders by far are the Guardians of the Galaxy. They can barely deal with ZERO STONE THANOS half the time, what possessed them to make them think that half of them(not even the full team) had a chance against 2/3 stone Thanos? Gamora was just ASKING to be abducted. Granted, Thanos had the Space Stone and could teleport to them, but it’d be a while before he’d make that decision as he expected them to come to him. If Stark, Spiderman and Strange had gone back to Earth as well, then the hero’s chances are a hell of a lot higher than they were on Titan. All they’d be missing at that point is Thor, Rocket and Groot, and Thanos would have only three stones instead of four, provided they were able to protect Gamora. It’s as the slogan for Captain America: Civil War said: United we Stand, Divided We Fall.
#4 By Using Portals
This is arguably the most obvious one on this list, which makes it all the more unbelievable how none of the heroes got this idea. Near the start of the movie when two of Thanos’ minions come to Earth to get the Mind and Time stones, Wong sends one of them through a portal to the other side of the world. When he attempts to come back through, Wong closes the portal, chopping off the villain’s arm. See what I’m getting at here? If Wong can disarm(get it?) a villain just as big, bulky and durable as Thanos, then why can’t the Sorcerer Supreme do the same to Thanos himself? You could argue that Thanos would react too quickly and avoid it, but could he do the same while unconscious? They had him asleep and incapacitated on Titan, Strange could easily get rid of his Gauntlet arm while he was like that, or hell, just cut straight to the chase and decapitate him. But that’s not the only thing the heroes could do while Thanos was out of it on Titan.
#5 By Stopping Star-Lord From Having a Tantrum
If you’ve seen Infinity War(which you really should have if you’re reading this), you’ll remember the infuriating moment where Quill engages Thanos in a fit of anger over Gamora’s death, and wakes him up from his stupor, ruining the entire plan. Whether his actions were justifiable or not is a debate for another day. Today I’m talking about how stupid and easily preventable his actions were. Strange saw the future where he freaks out, so why didn’t he portal Quill away from the battle once his part of it was done? Why didn’t he tell him that he and his entire crew would die if he interfered? Why didn’t he tell him Gamora was dead and let him scream it out and get over it beforehand? What about Drax and Nebula? They weren’t doing anything to keep Thanos down. They could have easily restrained him and stopped him from screwing up the plan. Spiderman could have webbed him up quickly before he started pulling off the Gauntlet. Hell, why didn’t Nebula just stab Thanos in the head while he was vulnerable? They only needed two or three more seconds tops to get the Gauntlet away from Thanos, any of the proposals above and a hundred more could stop Quill and give them those few seconds.
#6 With a Little Bit of Heimsight(I’m So Sorry)
Heimdall didn’t play that big a part in Infinity War. He teleported Hulk away from the Asgardian ship using the Bifrost and then just died. This makes him seem unimportant until you realise that Heimdall could have easily stopped Thanos’ plan single-handedly. As the guardian of the Nine Realms and the Bifrost, Heimdall can see almost everything. He can see trillions of people, hear billions of voices, know what’s happening at the other side of the universe… yet he didn’t see Thanos coming in a big ship to attack the remaining Asgardians? No, scratch that, he didn’t see Thanos’ attempts to get the stones? He didn’t see Thanos attacking the dwarves and forcing them to forge the Infinity Gauntlet? If he wasn’t sleeping on the job as seems to be the case, he and the Asgardians could have stopped Thanos before he even got the Gauntlet, let alone the stones! This is Stark deciding not to prepare for six years but on an entirely different level! But he isn’t the only Asgardian that seriously screwed up…
#7 By Aiming For the Head(or the arm)
You had one job Thor, ONE JOB! Right at the end of the film, when Thanos collects all six stones and all hope seems lost, Thor deals a fatal blow to the Mad Titan with his new axe, reinvigorating our faith! Here’s the thing though, as Thanos puts it bluntly: “You should have aimed for the head”. All he needed to do was aim a little higher and the universe would be saved! I’ve heard a few people defending this, saying that Thor purposefully didn’t aim for the head because he wanted Thanos to suffer, but Thor could have made him suffer AND saved the universe. Instead of going for the body or head, he could have deprived Thanos of his Gauntlet arm and watched him bleed out with no chance of any finger snaps. And another thing, why did Thor wait until he had all the stones to attack? The battle of Wakanda was basically won until Thanos showed up, and everyone sensed his presence. He could have taken him out before he even killed Vision and got the final stone! I guess you could say it would have been a snap.
#8 Through Debate
I’ve said this before in my Infinity War Review the other day, but Thanos’ motive is really stupid. To summarise, the reason he wants to wipe out half the life in the universe… is to stop overpopulation wiping out all life in the universe? The Gauntlet makes him God, and he could double all the universe’s resources just as easily as he kills half the life in the universe. Also, doesn’t half the life in the universe include trees, plants, animals… you know, important resources life needs to survive. In essence, Thanos’ finger snap is pointless. He’s simultaneously wiping out half its population and half its resources, making no actual difference. He really didn’t think this whole plan through did he? And if I, a complete idiot, can think up these counters to Thanos’ argument, think what people like Tony Stark could do(though their actions in the movie bring their intelligence into question)! Thanos has been shown perfectly willing to listen to Strange and Gamora, and he respects Stark to a degree. Maybe they could teach him the error of his ways? Who knows?
So, what do you think? Think you can debunk one or more of my suggestions? Think you have another way Marvel’s heroes could defeat Thanos and stop him from wiping out half the universe? Just want to let out your anger over Quill’s dumbass decision that doomed half the universe’s population? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below, as I’m interested to hear what YOU think.