We Just Realized Why Iron Man Tried To Cool Down Star-Lord In 'Infinity War,' And It Hurts

Diply 13 Aug 2018

If I had to choose one thing that I respect most about the writers of Avengers: Infinity War (Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus), it'd be how consistently mindful they are about each character's past, and how it influences their actions in the present.

There's a great example of this in the film, so let's unravel it.

Coming out of the theater, a lot of fans were pretty peeved at Star-Lord for foiling the plan to defeat Thanos on Titan. 

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It was the scene where Mantis immobilized Thanos while the other heroes attempted to remove his Infinity Gauntlet.

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Of course, after learning that Thanos had killed Gamora, Star-Lord ruined the plan by socking Thanos in his big purple head.

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I mean, yeah, Star-Lord did foil a plan that might've otherwise saved half the universe, but he also just found out that the woman he loved was murdered, so how 'bout some empathy?

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But before Star-Lord decided to sucker punch the Mad Titan, Tony Stark was desperately trying to talk him out of it.

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If I saw that look on someone's face, I'd try to talk them out of whatever they were about to do, too.

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Like, Tony really, really tried to get Star-Lord to back down.

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Obviously, the fate of the freakin' universe was at stake, so it made sense for Tony to try to prevent Star-Lord from having an emotional breakdown at that moment. But that might not be the only motivator.

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As Reddit user aliyaghi points out, there may have a been a lot more to Tony's reaction than I first noticed.

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In fact, Tony may have seen something in Star-Lord that he once saw in himself. I mean, look at this photo of Star-Lord and Thanos.

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And now look at this photo of Tony Stark and Captain America.

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If there's anything similar about these two moments, it's that both Star-Lord and Tony Stark are about to make regrettable decisions based on their emotions at the time.

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Tony's mistake was deciding to fight both Captain America and Bucky Barnes over the anger he felt at that time.

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Of course, I'm talking about Tony learning that Bucky killed his parents (while under mind control), and more specifically, that Cap knew about it and said nothing.

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Obviously, Cap messed up big-time on the friendship scale, but Tony was the one who chose to fight andostracize Steve.

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The information about Tony's parents was revealed so suddenly that Tony's decision-making at the time was based 100% on emotions.

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If anyone were to recognize an upcoming emotional breakdown in Star-Lord, it'd be Tony.

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In other words, Tony was probably able to empathize with Star-Lord the most in that moment.

More importantly, Tony was the only was who truly understood the consequences of acting on emotions after receiving terrible news.

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It's almost as if Tony has done a lot of growing up since Captain America: Civil War. I mean, he is a dad now.

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Well, not in the biological sense of the word, but in the mentor aspect of it.

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Tony was trying to stop Star-Lord (who, let's face it, is kind of an emotional hot mess anyway) from making the same mistake he once did.

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To be fair to Star-Lord, he's now lost his mother, father, and the woman he loved.

I'd probably be a mess, too.

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Ultimately, it makes sense that Tony was the one who tried to reason with Star-Lord the most.

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And because of that, I'd tip my hat to Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus.

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However, that isn't to say Tony was the only person who tried to talk Star-Lord down in that moment.

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You might have missed it, but offscreen, Drax can also be heard telling Star-Lord not to react.

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While Tony's attempt relates back to his history with Captain America, Drax's attempt calls to an earlier scene in Infinity War.

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Before the Guardians landed on Titan, they confronted Thanos on Knowhere.

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As we know, Drax absolutely despises Thanos because he's responsible for the death of Drax's wife and daughter.

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Therefore, when Drax first sees Thanos on Knowhere, he immediately wants to charge at him.

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But Star-Lord calms him down, insisting that he'll ruin the group's plan for a surprise attack.

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In other words, Star-Lord advises Drax to control his emotions in order to serve a greater scheme.

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Ironically, this is exactly what Drax attempts to do by telling Star-Lord not to engage with Thanos on Titan.

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Much like the earlier situation on Knowhere, Star-Lord's emotions are about to get in the way of a more important plan.

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Unfortunately, Drax wasn't as successful at calming down Star-Lord as Star-Lord was at calming down Drax, and Star-Lord wasn't able to take his own advice in a situation that required it most.

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Aaaaaaaaaaaand that's why half the universe got vaporized.

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Well, alright, I'm being a tad dramatic. The real blame lies with Thanos.

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It's just hard not to imagine what if, you know? What if Star-Lord didn't ruin the only feasible plan to defeat Thanos?

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Of course, then we might not have Avengers 4, so I suppose I'm not totally mad about it.

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