If you’re an ardent follower of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ‘The Snap’ is a moment etched deep in your memory. This was when our villain, Thanos, wielding the combined might of the Infinity Stones, wiped out half of all life across the universe, including half the Avengers, leaving the likes of Captain America, Tony Stark, and Ant-Man behind. While ‘The Snap’ typically brings to mind the Mad Titan himself, a burning question still smoulders amongst fans of the beloved films and Marvel directors alike: upon whose shoulders does the burden of this terrifying act truly lie?
Every Marvel fan harbours their unique opinion of the events of Avengers: Infinity War, including the debate on whether Thanos’s Snap was indeed inevitable. While many fans have blamed Thor and Peter Quill for the failure to stop the powerful villain in his quest to obtain all the infinity stones, director Nia DaCosta of The Marvels puts forth an intriguing theory that places the responsibility elsewhere – on Captain America.
Speaking to Inverse in a riveting interview, Marvel director Nia DaCosta brings forth a theory that may significantly alter your understanding of the pivotal event. DaCosta proposes that Captain America played a far more significant role in setting the stage for ‘The Snap’ than most imagine. She posits that his unwavering dedication and sense of responsibility toward humanity may have inadvertently laid the path to disaster. This is particularly true regarding his actions with the Time Stone.
“Something I like to say a bit flippantly about Captain America is that the Snap is all his fault because he was trying to do his best, trying to do the right thing. There is a world in which he’s a villain because, at the end of the day, he should have just sacrificed Vision. He chose one robot’s life, albeit a sentient one, over literally the entire universe. There’s a sort of anti-hero in that if you want to look at it through that lens.”
This thought-provoking perspective adds a new layer of complexity to the character’s story. Indeed, had Vision been allowed to die as he wished, Thanos would never have gained the Mind Stone, making it impossible for him to obliterate half of the cosmos. Does this then imply that Captain America is also indirectly responsible for the deaths caused while trying to restore the balance?
However, as you delve deeper into the catastrophic events of Avengers: Infinity War, it becomes apparent that a multitude of missteps and ill-considered actions by our beloved heroes contributed substantially to the unfortunate outcome. Each of these seemingly innocent blunders played its part in setting the stage for Thanos’ sweeping success.
Firstly, recall Thor’s unsuccessful attempt to defeat Thanos with his infamous Stormbreaker chop. The golden opportunity was squandered when he failed to “go for the head”, leaving Thanos unscathed. Doctor Strange also had his share of misjudgements. I mean, could he not have retained the Time Stone rather than letting it go as a trade-off for Tony Stark’s life?
Moreover, Peter Quill let his emotions get the better of him, causing disruption at a critical point. His uncontrollable rage shattered Spider-Man’s golden chance to secure the Infinity Gauntlet. And why couldn’t Wanda Maximoff release her full power on the Mad Titan after he destroys Vision?
When pieced together, each of these grim missteps paints a picture of a heartbreaking downfall. These errors had far-reaching consequences, cumulatively leading to Thanos’ victory, which resulted in the horrifying eradication of half of all life throughout the universe. However, there is also the notion that perhaps the events of Avengers: Infinity War were simply inevitable. Perhaps the limitless power of the Infinity Stones and Thanos’ relentless quest made any escape impossible. Even with perfect execution, the same outcome might have prevailed.
The heroes needed to go through this tragic event to triumph and restore the universe’s balance. While we may not be thrilled about all the lives lost in the process, it all adds to the complexity and depth of the story. The sacrifices made by the heroes and the emotional toll it took on them make their eventual victory all the more meaningful in the end.
Do you agree with Marvel Director Nia DaCosta? Is Captain America responsible for the Snap?