Spoilers ahead for Avengers: Infinity War and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been on a hot streak with Phase Three, as every single blockbuster has been a financial and critical success. But the entire MCU got flipped on its head with Avengers: Infinity War, when Josh Brolin's Thanos finally arrived to bring chaos and destruction upon our favorite characters. In the end he was victorious, as not even the combined powers of The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy was enough to defeat the big purple guy once he started accruing Infinity Stones. MCU favorites like Hayley Atwell have spoken about what their characters would have used against Thanos, and now Michael Rooker has revealed how his dearly departed Yondu would have handled it, saying:
Well, that was honest. While Yondu ended up being a heroic figure by the end of his time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he's hardly Captain America amounts of selfless. Seeing Gamora and Nebula's father in the flesh and with a slew of new abilities is not something the blue guy would appreciate. Although one has to wonder if the "you should have aimed for the head" thing could have been avoided with Yondu's arrow.
While Thanos may have been easier to kill during his first scenes with the Asgardians, he ended up becoming more indestructible with each Infinity Stone that he collected. By the time the final battle in Wakanda happened, Thanos was able to go back in time, destroy moons, and alter reality. It's due to this that the MCU's finest heroes weren't enough, as they came close to taking him down three times throughout the course of Infinity War. So while Yondu could have been used, Michael Rooker's comments to Q&A panel at Fandemic Tour Sacramento (via Comic Book) make a great deal of sense.
Of course, simply running away wouldn't save half the galaxy from ultimately being destroyed. Once Thanos collected the final stone from Vision's forehead, he was able to wipe out mass numbers with the snap of his finger. Fans were left to watch in horror as their favorites faded away into dust, perhaps the most tragic moment of the MCU to date. The previous record holder was probably Yondu himself, whose death in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 brought tears to the eyes of many, including Kevin Smith.
Considering Thanos' finger snap, fans are wondering how the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise will continue without any members besides Rocket. James Gunn previously revealed it will be set after the events of Infinity War, so it's unclear how that'll all work out. It's just too bad there's no hope for Yondu to return from the dead as well.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is streaming on Netflix now, and the next installment in the MCU will be Ant-Man and The Wasp on July 6, 2018. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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