‘Avengers: Endgame’: Did This 1 Last-Second Change Make Thanos a Better Villain?

Most movies have a good vs. evil storyline to them, which is what draws the audience to the theaters¬†in the first place. Seeing the villains get what they have coming, especially in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is oddly satisfying to watch. But sometimes, when you add more layers to a character, you’re giving new meaning to their story. The writers in Avengers: Endgame made a last-second change that brought new life to Thanos, and many Reddit fans noticed it.

What last-second change did the writers make?

Josh Brolin at the premiere of 'Avengers: Endgame'
Josh Brolin (Thanos) | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

During the final battle, we saw our villain go up against Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, and even the Scarlet Witch at one point. Each one tried to keep him from getting his hands on the gauntlet and destroying the world, once again. No matter how hard they tried, it didn’t look like they would win until one superhero came along and changed the game for them. Captain Marvel’s fight with Thanos became a turning point in the battle.

Animated Times reported that this fight wasn’t originally planned. The Avengers: Endgame writer, Anthony Russo, made a last-second change to add it into the battle, replacing some of Black Panther’s fight scene. It turns out that Brie Larson, who plays Captain Marvel, started filming The Avengers: Endgame before she developed her Captain Marvel character.

What was the reason behind the change?

By the time they completed her solo movie, the writers, happy with how her character turned out, came up with the idea to play her off in a battle against Thanos. They always knew that Captain Marvel would make her entrance in the battle taking down the mother ship. But, Anthony Russo became inspired to make one change in the final battle. As comicbook.com reports, they shot that scene at the last minute to include their epic fight. This answered one major problem the writers had.

Captain Marvel was very¬†powerful, why couldn’t she prevent Thanos from using the gauntlet? The writers needed something to explain that away, so they chose this scene to do it. Thanos saw that he really was no match for Marvel, so he pulled out one stone and punched her with the raw power emanating from it. He knocked her back far enough away so that he had time to put the stone back into the gauntlet and snap away the universe.

How did it affect Thanos as a villain?

There was more to this scene than meets the eye. Up to this point, most viewers saw a big brute of a villain. He was greedy, had a lust for power, and was cruel enough to kill his own daughter to get what he wanted. The few moments we saw of their fight showed us one major side of Thanos that we hadn’t really thought of before. He was actually smart.

Thanos needed a decent amount of intelligence to figure out that the only way to win against Captain Marvel, at least briefly, was to hit her back with a large amount of power. He used what he had, which was the stones in the gauntlet. So he took one out and punched her with it.

It proved to be a good move on his part, or, so he thought at that moment. He could put the stone back in and get ready to make the final snap. Of course, we know how the battle really ends. Tony Stark takes the stones from him and uses them against Thanos to defeat the villains and restore the universe.

It goes to show that some of the worst villains have more than just brawn to their name. They’re actually intelligent as well.