Upon the Mad Titan’s arrival in Wakanda, Thor got a shot at halting him with his unbelievably powerful Stormbreaker hammer. The new weapon, fabricated in a dying star in an earlier sequence of the film, sliced through Thanos’ best defense aka the Infinity Gauntlet and lodged in his chest.
It allowed Thanos to snap his fingers and wiping out half of the universe’s life. That’s something Thor will strongly regret as he deliberately hit Thanos in the chest.
“I would argue that the fan base could be equally upset with Thor, who chose to throw that ax into Thanos’ chest and not his head,” Joe Russo said. “Because he wanted to tell Thanos that he got his revenge.”
Thor’s strongest attribute has never been his wisdom, but, such impulsive and reckless behavior has been his signature throughout his MCU existence. He chose to satisfy his hunger for revenge instead of ending the war and killing the threat without elaborate verbal confrontation.
“Had he gone for a kill shot, that snap would not have happened. These are choices that characters who are feeling immense pain make and hopefully, the audience can learn to empathize with those characters because they can grow through stories,”
Joe Russo added. “Stories can teach us things and that we should try to see every choice from the perspective of the character that made the choice.”
However, Thor could get a chance at redemption in Avengers 4 as the surviving heroes go on trying to reverse Thanos’ victory. According to Joe Russo, Star-Lord can’t redeem himself, “because he is dead.”
On the other hand, Thanos is also feeling the burden of his evil actions. “That moment when he clicks his fingers sends him into this ethereal plane inside of the Soul Stone where as part of his quote-unquote hero’s journey in the film, he has one last moment to convey a sense of guilt about what he’s done,“
Joe Russo said. “It illustrates what a complicated character he is.”
Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War are now playing in theaters. Ant-Man and The Wasp is set for release on July 6, 2018. Captain Marvel will follow it on March 6, 2019, and then the Avengers 4 will bring the current phase of MCU to an end on May 3, 2019.