“We don’t trade lives,” might be the one line that set the scene for the whole movie.
Maybe fans are angry at ‘Infinity War’ for the wrong reasons. Half the damn universe has turned into ash, I know but hear me out.
Throughout the entire movie, there was a battle of ideologies: the Avengers’ “we don’t trade lives” rule of super hero-ing and Thanos’ “win at any cost” policy of control. Almost every decision made by either side is centered around their rules, whether it be overt or subliminal. But the real question is: should the fans be satisfied with The Avenger’s choices?
Steve Roger and Tony Stark’s line of not trading lives is very noble but is also the teams’ ultimate downfall. They learn over and over that they cannot win while holding on to everything. They’ve seen this in ‘Age of Ultron’, but the difference here is that the realization becomes very real, very quickly. They learned that they cannot save everyone and, in some cases, they cause more danger to some in order to save most from the previous Avengers movie. But those were civilians; unnamed, numerable (and practically expendable) people. In ‘Infinity War’, they have to exchange personal loved ones to win. Some examples include:
· Peter Quill (Star Lord) not being able to kill Gamora
This was by far the most aggravating plot throughout the movie. Q̶u̶i̶l̶l̶ ̶i̶s̶ ̶a̶ ̶f̶u̶c̶k̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶i̶d̶i̶o̶t̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶I̶ ̶a̶m̶ ̶g̶l̶a̶d̶ ̶t̶h̶a̶t̶ ̶h̶e̶ ̶d̶o̶e̶s̶n̶’̶t̶ ̶h̶a̶v̶e̶ ̶r̶e̶a̶l̶ ̶s̶u̶p̶e̶r̶ ̶p̶o̶w̶e̶r̶s̶. He’s quite literally dangerously in love. If he had not caught feelings for Gamora, half of the known universe would still be alive (but honestly, I love the way his character was used in this movie).
This was probably aimed at all of the MCU fans.
· Scarlet Witch waiting until the last possible second to destroy the mind stone aka Vision
Another annoyingly dangerous love connection. Why do they even like each other again? Tony Stark could have definitely just built her a brand new robot body. Anyways, she had pretty much the whole movie to kill Vision, yet she waited until Thanos could watch him die too.
Trolley problem memes aren’t useless after all!
· Loki’s trade
Loki legitimately showed some character here, being the “God of Mischief” and betrayed the right person. It was the last redeemable moment for him. Too bad he only used a 3-inch blade to attempt to stab an 8 ft tall guy in the neck.
· Hulk is afraid that he may be killed
Honestly, if I got beat in a spaceship cage match by bodybuilder Grimace I would have confidence issues too. Heavy weight title snatched.
Thanos’ four-armed dog army is sacrificed
Thanos fully embraced the sacrifice theme in this scene so much that it should’ve been obvious. The army served as a means to the goal. No need to value every life when the goal is to eliminate half of all life anyways. Absolutely evil.
Seriously, what were those things?
· Gamora doesn’t sacrifice Nebula
Every hero’s weakness is an interrogation of a loved one. Honestly, if she let Thanos kill Nebula she would be no better than he was in the eyes of the viewer. Maybe that’s the point.
There is a fine line between the heroes and the villains in this movie, although at first glance it seems to be a chasm between the two. Maybe heroes need to exercise sacrifice in order to win. We should be angry that the heroes are too childish to accept this fact.