The Infinity War came, we saw and it totally won over the hearts and minds of everyone. The movie lived up to the massive hype and expectations of millions of fans all over the world who have been waiting for a decade to see the epic clash between Mad Titan ‘Thanos’ and the Avengers assemble. And it was totally worth the wait.
There was a stellar group of superheroes up against Thanos forces but he still was the central protagonist of the movie. He is the best MCU villain ever and the most terrifying adversary that Earth’s mightiest heroes have ever faced. He knew what he is doing and why he is doing. He was’nt just an unstoppable cosmic warlord but an evil Titan who wanted to bring balance to the universe. He believes he is the only one who is strong-willed and able to take the hardest decisions for the entire galaxy.
And the only way that’s possible is if he could collect all the six Infinity stones, assemble them in a gauntlet and wipe out half the life in the universe by snapping his fingers. The Russos described the movie as a heist movie where Thanos would move from one place to another, steal the Infinity stone and leave behind a trail of death and destruction.
He first acquired a Power Stone aka Orb by destroying Xandar and Nova Corps. And then he went after the Space stone which was with Loki.
So Heimdall did his thing. The Hulk, Thor, and Loki along with the rest of the Asgardians encounter the Mad Titan Thanos who stands before them to obtain the Infinity Stone in Loki’s possession. But as the Asgardians lay dead and Thor and Hulk are both defeated effortlessly by the purple freak, Heimdall does his thing.
He calls upon all the ‘All-Fathers’ – the rulers of Asgard before Odin and requests them to lend him their dark magic “for one last time.”
The Bi-Frost then opens, sending the Hulk hurling towards the Earth while Thor and Loki are still there on the ship. The Dark Magic opening the Bi-Frost is a clear shout out to The Avengers (2012) when Loki asked how much ‘Dark Energy’ Odin had to muster up to send Thor to Earth since the Rainbow Bridge is non-functional. But the question still remains – Why did Heimdall send Hulk and not Thor (or even Loki) to Earth??
Heimdall choosing the Jade Giant to send to Earth was surely a peculiar and unexpected twist in the tale. The first 10 minutes of Infinity War was pure gold. It showed just how powerful the Avengers’ latest adversary really is. Thanos defeated Thor and the Hulk without even breaking a sweat. Loki too falls prey to Thanos’ might.
Before dying, Loki revealed he was a good guy when he tried to stab Thanos. So why didn’t Heimdall use the Bi-Frost to transfer Loki or Thor, the King of Asgard, to Earth? Why was Bruce Banner chosen by Asgard’s Gatekeeper? We have an answer, and it is derived from one of Marvel’s prelude tie-in comic books to the MCU.
The explanation is official and it has something to do with the dark nature of the magic involved in opening the Bi-Frost.
Marvel’s official tie-in comics for the events happening in between that of Thor 1 and Thor 2 of the MCU hold the answer. It tells the story of how Thor got to Earth after the Bi-Frost Bridge was destroyed by the God of Thunder. The Asgardians realize Loki has stolen the Tesseract from Odin’s Vault. As Thor convinces Odin to send him to Earth, Odin claims he will have to use Dark Energy to do the task.
Odin reveals that using “dark energy” requires paying a heavy price. The one who lets the energy flow through him has to sacrifice a lot of his life force to open the Bi-Frost Bridge. This is why Odin died in Thor: Ragnarok. Using the dark Energy took a really heavy toll on his body until he finally breathed his last in the movie.
But the story does not end there. The Dark Energy also affects the person traveling through the bridge as well and in this case, Thor. When Thor arrives on Earth in the tie-in comics, he is screaming and shouting in pain. The Asgardians think that Thor is dead until Heimdall tells them that the God of Thunder is alive and breathing.
And this takes us to the answer to the question we have been asking all this time. Thor had already taken a beating from Thanos. Loki, as wily as he is, cannot survive a trip that almost once killed the God of Thunder before, who is touted as the Strongest Avenger.
The only being strong enough to survive the trip through the dark energy infused Bi-Frost was the Hulk. Although he had already taken a beating from the Titan, the Hulk was the most suitable candidate to make this trip.
The Avengers did lose in the end but it was Heimdall that gave them a fighting chance. Hulk’s arrival on Earth was the event that started it all. Strange was made aware of the coming of Thanos as the rest of the heroes soon answered Banner’s call to arms.
Last but not the least; whatever Master-Plan Doctor Strange has mustered up to defeat Thanos in Avengers 4, it would not have been possible without Hulk giving him a heads up. And that, in turn, would not have been possible without Heimdall using his foresight to do what he did in Infinity War.
Avengers Infinity War is running successfully at a theater near you. The movie is drawing a massive amount of audience since it has been released. First, it created a record for highest ever opening weekend collections i.e $640 million and then it became the fastest ever to reach Billion dollars in Box office collections i.e in just 8 days.
Directed by Russo Brothers who have previously directed two Captain America movies for the MCU – Winter Soldier and Civil War. Produced by Marvel Chief Kevin Feige with a bunch of executive producers such as Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo and Stan Lee. The script is co-written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Here is the official movie synopsis, read it below:
“Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet — the evil Thanos. On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos plans to use the artifacts to inflict his twisted will on reality. The fate of the planet and existence itself has never been more uncertain as everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment”.
“As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain”.
The cast is breathtakingly awesome as there are so many A-List actors part of this massive undertaking including Josh Brolin (Thanos), Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Pratt (Star Lord), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Sebastian Stan (Winter soldier), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Bradley Cooper (Rocket Raccoon), Vin Diesel (Groot), Peter Dinklage (Eitri), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Jeremy Reiner (Hawkeye), Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Strange), Benedict Wong (Wong), Tom Holland (Spiderman), Letitia Wright (Shuri), Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Paul Rudd (Ant-Man), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlett Witch), Karen Gillian (Nebula), Pom Klementieff (Mantis), Dave Bautista (Drax), Paul Bettany (Vision), Samuel Jackson (Nick Fury), Cobie Smulders (Mariah Hill).
Do I really look like a guy with a plan? You know what I am? I’m a dog chasing cars. I wouldn’t know what to do with one if I caught it! You know, I just… do things