Warning: This article contains SPOILERS for Avengers: Infinity War.
Avengers: Infinity War is truly the culmination of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which means there's a lot to unpack because of that. Bringing together virtually every major character in the shared universe (including their individual story arcs) for an ultimate showdown with the Mad Titan Thanos (Josh Brolin) and his loyal Black Order makes for a compelling action film, but it also opens itself up to a breadth of new questions.
One of the best things about Avengers 3 is that it acknowledges the past, answers questions that fans have been asking for several years, and sets characters and their storylines onto new paths that wouldn't have been possible before. Unfortunately, in doing so, the movie becomes over-packed, which leads to even more questions stemming from all the events that do happen in the new film. Sure, some of these questions may be answered by looking at the comics or supplemental material for Infinity War, but that's not necessarily fair since the movies don't strictly follow the source material and supplemental materials are, by nature, meant to enhance an understanding of a film, not explain one.
What exactly happened on Xandar?
Avengers: Infinity War starts off with Thanos already having the Power Stone, which was being safeguarded by the Nova Corps on Xandar. Unfortunately, it's never revealed what happened on Xandar and how Thanos ended up getting the Power Stone in the first place. The only instance in which it's even mentioned is when Thor tells the Guardians that Xandar had been destroyed a week prior.
Thor found out at the very beginning of the movie, but the audiences never know more than that. The word "decimated" can have multiple meanings. But based on Thanos' modus operandi, it's presumed that he killed half of Xandar's population. It would be strange if he completely destroyed the entire planet, but that's something audiences may have to wait until Guardians of the Galaxy 3 or another movie to find out (or even wait for a new comic book).
Why couldn't Xandar defend against Thanos, who had zero Infinity Stones?
While audiences never find out exactly what happens on Xandar, how did Thanos even beat them, to begin with? Of course, it's plausible that Thanos used the Outriders to overrun Xandar, but why would the Nova Corps, of all organizations, not be able to defend themselves against a force like that? The Avengers were coming close to defeating the Outriders before Thanos teleported into Wakanda, and Wakanda's force resembles the Nova Corps.
Plus, the kicker here is that Thanos and his Black Order must've arrived on Xandar without any Infinity Stones in hand, so they had nothing but an army to defeat them with. That's something at least explaining in some detail or showing on screen. It's explained how Thanos gets every other Infinity Stone, so not showing Xandar seems like a strange decision, but doing so is what allows the filmmakers to start the movie right after Thor: Ragnarok.
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 05, 2019
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018