“Avengers: Infinity War” is tight and relentlessly paced that it doesn’t have time for plot holes. For the most part, the story’s narration works the way it should. But there’s one detail that bugs me about the commentary track on the “Infinity War” home video release.
The commentary features directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Thanos (Josh Brolin) takes Gamora (Zoe Saldana) back to his ship and reveals to her that he knows she knows where the Soul Stone is. To this, Joe Russo and McFeely both answer one big question while creating another.
McFeely: “The movie became about Thanos figuring out where the Soul Stone was. As he captured Nebula, he rooted around in her brain. And he found out that Gamora knew where the Soul Stone was.”
Joe Russo: “The reason why he hasn’t gone after the stones before is if he does, the forces of the universe move against him. If he doesn’t know about the Soul Stone is then what’s the point.”
That makes sense. However, the problem is that the plan, as presented, doesn’t account for Gamora’s presence even when it hinges on it. Obviously, Gamora does run into Thanos site early on in “Infinity War,” but as the story is presented, Gamora and the Guardians of the Galaxy are only involved in the fight by accident.
Remember, the Guardians respond to the distress signal sent by Asgardians when Thanos attacked their ship. And, as presented, it’s really just a coincidence.
The chain of events that lead Gamora to Thanos in “Infinity War.” The Guardians answer a random distress call; they bump into Thor as he’s tumbling through space; Thor, as he knew that one of the Stones was on Knowhere. He tells the Guardians that Thanos was going there, and they go there. That’s not — again, a planned sequence of events.
But Thanos acts like it was when Gamora, Star-Lord, Drax, and Mantis get to Knowhere. “You knew I’d come,” Gamora says.
“I counted on it,” Thanos replies.
It’s to wonder why he would be expecting her, though. If the Guardians had been on the other side of the galaxy when Thanos attacked the Asgardians, then Thanos would have waited for Gamora to show up. He was just lucky that they were close enough to be the ones on the scene and lucky that they stumbled onto Thor.
This plot hole by Russo and McFeely is addressed by them. Thanos’ plan on him getting to the Soul Stone just as quickly as he could get to the other Stones. Which means his plan had involved Gamora showing up quickly. But there’s nothing in the movie that indicates he did anything to ensure Gamora would come to him.
It’s frustrating because “Infinity War” is good about addressing such things, often with quick lines of dialogue. We didn’t need another huge CGI battle, so it’s fine with that happening off-screen.
It’s not hard to imagine that, as the proceedings were constantly being reworked and characters reshuffled — a good drinking game for the “Infinity War” commentary would be to do a shot every time they had to reshoot the scene — that some detail was simply lost in the shuffle.
This oversight doesn’t ruin the movie, at least not for me. It only makes me wish that Marvel would put out an “Infinity War” extended cut.