The Digital version of Marvel‘s Avengers Endgame was released on July 29th. Now we have access to the commentary from the directors and writers, and they revealed that Thanos’ death was somewhat of an “assisted suicide”.
At the beginning of Endgame, the avengers find the location of Thanos and goes to confront him. And upon finding out that Thanos destroyed the Infinity Stones, Thor spares no time in decapitating the Titan’s head with his axe Stormbreaker. The directors’ comments now point out that Thor was only able to kill Thanos because he let him.
This explanation very much makes sense as the Thanos we see 5 years after the events of the Infinity War, is very much different from the power-hungry Titan we see in Infinity War. After using the infinity stones to destroy the infinity stones themselves Thanos is left crippled and is simply waiting peacefully for his final days.
“So at one point in the room, everyone’s getting real frustrated saying, ‘What is the story here?’ And I think Trinh Tran, our executive producer just said, ‘God I really wish we could just kill him.’ And we all went, ‘Wait a second. Could you? What does that mean?” writer Stephen McFeely said.
“Yeah, very very quickly, but what’s great about it, is that it allows for a very different kind of movie to unfold. One that’s reflective and pensive, and character-oriented rather than plot-oriented,” Joe Russo, co-director of the Film said.
“And they only accomplish what Thanos lets them accomplish. He has finished his job and he lets them kill him,” said Christopher Markus, co-writer of Endgame. Markus said that Thanos just had one definitive goal, which was to bring balance back to the Universe.