Chris Pratt's Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom co-star Bryce Dallas Howard defends Star-Lord's actions in Avengers: Infinity War. Like most of the Guardians of the Galaxy, Peter Quill was among the unfortunate half of the universe who was snuffed out of existence following Thanos' snap, which makes it more frustrating considering that he doesn't have to deal with the aftermath of the tragedy, unlike the heroes who survived. He will, however, be brought back to life (alongside most of the vaporized heroes) one way or another in Avengers 4 and from there, he's supposed to go off with the rest of his cosmic gang for another adventure in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
Sadly, with the firing of director/writer Gunn from the threequel, it's unclear what will happen with Star-Lord and the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy. The whole controversy might even change the character arcs for the team in Avengers 4 as hinted by Pratt's co-star Dave Bautista. While it's impossible to cut off the whole cosmic team from next year's ensemble film, it's possible that it'll take quite a while to see them in their own standalone, especially now that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3's production is now on indefinite hold.
Speaking with ComicBook, Howard was asked to weigh in about the Infinity War debate with regard to whether or not Star-Lord's epic meltdown on Titan caused the Avengers' defeat. The actress, who admits she liked the film's story, defends Quill's actions, citing the fact that it was a totally humane response for him following learning about Gamora's fate:
"Well, here's what I thought: I thought that it was a good story, well told. He's the most human character. He's half human and that spoke to his humanity in that moment. I think it is important that everyone realize that it was Thanos who did it. It was Thanos!"
Considering that Howard has a close relationship with Pratt having starred in two Jurassic World films, one might think that she's being biased about the issue, but the actress isn't the only one who felt that Star-Lord's actions were justified considering the hero's characterization. Infinity War directors Joe and Anthony Russo have previously said that people are wrong to blame Quill for Thanos' success given that there were several other factors that contributed to the Avengers' failure. If fans are going to condemn Quill for letting his emotions get the best of him, then Thor should also be called out since he technically did the same. Rather than finishing things quickly by aiming for his head, he opted to go for his chest which allowed the Mad Titan to snap his fingers. It was equally, if not a worse mistake than what Star-Lord did, especially coming from a "god."
Regardless of what one feels about Quill's mistake, it's a shining example of how Marvel Studios' ability to brilliantly make their characters relatable. People have been invested on the Guardians of the Galaxy since their debut and they were counting on them to help the Avengers defeat Thanos - not jeopardize their mission. So when Star-Lord's glaring mistake happened, people are both frustrated and disappointed at him. And if how Marvel Studios plot their characters arcs are an indication, chances are that they're planning something for the character to redeem himself.
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