Chris Pratt speaks up about the massive backlash Star-Lord received after his emotional actions at the worst possible moment in Avengers: Infinity War. A month after its release, Avengers 3 is still a popular topic of conversation, and Pratt now joins the discussion - especially since he's been the central figure in countless online debates regarding what went down in the movie.
It seemed like the actor also had a lot of input with how Infinity War utilized his character. As it turns out, he and Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn insisted that Star-Lord would keep his promise to Gamora and try to kill her if Thanos got his hands on her - something that writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely didn't necessarily want to do. Now, he not only defends how Quill reacted upon learning about Gamora's demise and screwed up the heroes' plan to defeat Thanos, Pratt also says he wouldn't want to do it any other way.
Sitting down with Radio Times along with Bryce Dallas Howard as the two promote Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Pratt finally spoke up regarding the backlash that Star-Lord received from fans after his turn in Infinity War. The actor defends his character's actions and stands by Quill's reaction to Gamora's death.
“People seem to be upset with Star-Lord. Look – the guy watched his mother die, he watched as his father-figure died in his arms, he was forced to kill his own biological father. And now has suffered the loss of the love of his life. So I think he reacted in a way that’s very human, and I think the humanity of the Guardians of the Galaxy is what sets them apart from other superheroes. I think if we did it a hundred times I wouldn’t change a thing.”
Pratt's comments echo the sentiments of the Russos when they weighed in on the matter. The directing duo explained that while it may look like Star-Lord was entirely to blame for the Avengers' failure in defeating Thanos, everyone had a part to play in their lost cause. Citing Thor as a prime example, the filmmakers said that the God of Thunder, which people seem to be fawning over these days due to several heroic moments in Infinity War, is in the very same boat as Quill with regard to letting his emotions get the best of him. Just when all hope seemed to be lost towards the film's end, Thor almost saved the day by striking Thanos with Stormbreaker. Unfortunately, despite the injury, the villain was still able to execute his snap, mocking the Asgardian king by saying, "You should've gone for the head."
On top of the argument that Star-Lord's actions could be part of Doctor Strange's secret plan, it also shows Marvel's dedication to consistent characterization. Fans might be upset at Star-Lord's actions, but just as Pratt and the Russos explained, that's the way the character would react upon learning of the death of his girlfriend given everything he's been through. Granted that it was a mistake as he fully knew what the stakes were (Gamora was even willing to die just to prevent the snap), the mere reason that a superhero made a colossal mistake only makes him more compelling and relatable. If anything, it will be curious to see how might make up for his actions in Avengers 4 and/or Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
Source: Radio Times
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