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** Once we see the universe after the TimeSkip, it reframes Thanos' entire attitude in this scene, and potentially all of the previous movie. Sure, Thanos of 2014 is supposedly without the CharacterDevelopment gained from the betrayals of Gamora and Nebula, and his sacrifice of the latter, but it's this reframing that shows the sheer monstrosity of Thanos' character that has ''always'' been there. And it's summed up by one line:
--->'''Thanos:''' You should be grateful.
*** Specifically, it gives us a taste of the true monstrous sociopathy in Thanos beneath the veneer of well intentions long before we meet his younger self. He fully expected people to be happy, never considering that they'd be anything but at the loss of so many, including their loved ones. If the idea that Thanos cried because killing Gamora made HIM alone feel bad didn't cement that he's a sociopath who has no empathy for others, the entire ambush scene juxtaposed with the TimeSkip should.


** The psychological damage done to humanity is arguably even worse. Every human being has been deeply, irrevocably scarred. Everyone has lost people they love (half the people they love, in fact), and it's likely they ''watched'' as those people turned to dust in front of them. No explanation, no help coming, no hope of return. It's amazing that society didn't collapse overnight as 3.5 billion humans went insane with rage and grief. Which is implied to be a real issue, considering there are therapy sessions set up to help people come to terms with The Snap. It will take ''generations'' for the world to get over the damage done to its collective psyche. Perhaps best exemplified when Scott asks a passing kid [[FishOutOfTemporalWater what happened]]...and the barely-teenaged boy just gives him a [[ThousandYardStare cold, dead stare]], before riding away.

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** The psychological damage done to humanity is arguably even worse. Every human being has been deeply, irrevocably scarred. Everyone has lost people they love (half the people they love, in fact), and it's likely they ''watched'' as those people turned to dust in front of them. No explanation, no help coming, no hope of return. It's amazing that society didn't collapse overnight as 3.5 billion humans went insane with rage and grief. Which is implied to be a real issue, considering there are therapy sessions set up to help people come to terms with The Snap. It will take ''generations'' for the world to get over the damage done to its collective psyche. Perhaps best exemplified when Scott asks a passing kid [[FishOutOfTemporalWater what happened]]...and the barely-teenaged boy just gives him a [[ThousandYardStare cold, dead stare]], ThousandYardStare, before riding away.



** He finds a memorial to "The Vanished" and frantically searches it while uttering a RapidFireNo, hoping not to see Cassie's name. Her name isn't there, but another one is: '''His own'''. His little girl thinks her father, her hero, has been dead for five years... and Scott has missed five years of his beloved daughter's life.

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** He finds a memorial to "The Vanished" and frantically searches it while uttering a RapidFireNo, [[AdultFear hoping to not to see Cassie's name.name]]. Her name isn't there, but another one is: '''His own'''. His little girl thinks her father, her hero, has been dead for five years... and Scott has missed five years of his beloved daughter's life.



* The full extent of the damage that the Infinity Stones exert on its wearer, when used all at once, is shown. The initial surge of radiation upon the Stones ingratiating with the wielder causes Hulk to ''double over in pain''. He survives activating due to the radiation already in his body, though it costs him the use of his hand; even at the end of the movie, his arm is shown in a sling, indicating that the damage caused might be permanent. Tony's use of it, while being a normal human, is what causes his [[CharacterDeath death]]: After donning it, he only has enough strength to speak his PreMortemOneLiner, while after activating it, he dies where he stands, with his final word being a barely-audible "Hey, Pep."

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* The full extent of the damage that the Infinity Stones exert on its wearer, when used all at once, is shown. The initial surge of radiation upon the Stones ingratiating with the wielder causes Hulk to ''double over in pain''. He survives activating due to the radiation already in his body, though it costs him the use of his hand; even at the end of the movie, his arm is shown in a sling, indicating that the damage caused might be permanent. Tony's use of it, while being a normal human, is what causes his [[CharacterDeath death]]: After donning it, he only has enough strength to speak his PreMortemOneLiner, while after activating it, he dies where he stands, with his final word words being a barely-audible "Hey, Pep."



* Immediately after this, Clint has been knocked somewhere into the ruined bowels of the Avengers' base along with the Infinity Gauntlet. He seems fine, picks up the Gauntlet, and prepares to find a way out. Then, he hires a quiet growl, so he fires a light arrow at the darkness behind him, [[JumpScare which reveals a pack of Thanos' Outriders]] charging him, out for blood. The cramped setting, red lighting, and snarling monsters evokes images of ''{{Film/Aliens}}'' as well as the scares that movie brought.

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* Immediately after this, Clint has been knocked somewhere into the ruined bowels of the Avengers' base along with the Infinity Gauntlet. He seems fine, picks up the Gauntlet, and prepares to find a way out. Then, he hires hears a quiet growl, so he fires a light arrow at the darkness behind him, [[JumpScare which reveals a pack of Thanos' Outriders]] charging him, out for blood. The cramped setting, red lighting, and snarling monsters evokes images of ''{{Film/Aliens}}'' as well as the scares that movie brought.


** The psychological damage done to humanity is arguably even worse. Every human being has been deeply, irrevocably scarred. Everyone has lost people they love (half the people they love, in fact), and it's likely they ''watched'' as those people turned to dust in front of them. No explanation, no help coming, no hope of return. It's amazing that society didn't collapse overnight as 3.5 billion humans went insane with rage and grief. Which is implied to be a real issue, considering there are therapy sessions set up to help people come to terms with The Snap. It will take ''generations'' for the world to get over the damage done to its collective psyche. Perhaps best exemplified when Scott asks a passing kid [[FishOutOfTemporalWater what happened]]... and the barely-teenaged boy just gives him a [[ThousandYardStare cold, dead stare]], before riding away.

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** The psychological damage done to humanity is arguably even worse. Every human being has been deeply, irrevocably scarred. Everyone has lost people they love (half the people they love, in fact), and it's likely they ''watched'' as those people turned to dust in front of them. No explanation, no help coming, no hope of return. It's amazing that society didn't collapse overnight as 3.5 billion humans went insane with rage and grief. Which is implied to be a real issue, considering there are therapy sessions set up to help people come to terms with The Snap. It will take ''generations'' for the world to get over the damage done to its collective psyche. Perhaps best exemplified when Scott asks a passing kid [[FishOutOfTemporalWater what happened]]... and the barely-teenaged boy just gives him a [[ThousandYardStare cold, dead stare]], before riding away.



** The shocking amount of {{Gorn}} there is in the scene, putting aside the aforementioned burns on Thanos' body. When Thor slices off his arm, for about a split second it shows the exact ''moment'' he chops it off, leaving behind a burnt stump that seems to be ''caked'' in his AlienBlood - if Thor had dismembered him just a bit slower, it could have easily led to the Titan bleeding out. And then, when Thor finally decapitates Thanos, in the midst of a burst of his blood, ''his jugular vein can be seen hanging from his neck, and a portion of his spinal cord visible from the bottom of his head'' - also for a second only.

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** The shocking amount of {{Gorn}} there is in the scene, putting aside the aforementioned burns on Thanos' body. When Thor slices off his arm, for about a split second it shows the exact ''moment'' he chops it off, leaving behind a burnt stump that seems to be ''caked'' in his AlienBlood - AlienBlood; if Thor had dismembered him just a bit slower, it could have easily led to the Titan bleeding out. And then, when Thor finally decapitates Thanos, in the midst of a burst of his blood, ''his jugular vein can be seen hanging from his neck, and a portion of his spinal cord visible from the bottom of his head'' - head'', also for a second only.



* Everything about Nebula's terrible experience in the past. While everyone else (but Clint and Nat) get adventures in the past that are either lighthearted, fun, or heartwarming in some way or another, Nebula's takes a deep turn into misery when Thanos finds out what the Avengers are up to. It says a lot that Nebula, usually unflappable and emotionless, reacts with ''unbridled terror'' upon realizing that he's cottoning on. We once again see how he treats his so-called children: He ''tortures'' Past Nebula in order to figure out what appears to be nothing but a simple glitch. And her own past self, desperate for her father's recognition, brutalizes and nearly kills her in turn...and can't even break free even when it's clear on some level she wants to. As Nebula isn't one of the primary Avengers, the whole sequence comes with the very real fear that she's about to be killed at any moment, especially when Thanos decides to do what was very nearly a KillAndReplace to sabotage the Avengers' efforts.

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* Everything about Nebula's terrible experience in the past. While everyone else (but save Clint and Nat) Natasha get adventures in the past that are either lighthearted, fun, or heartwarming in some way or another, Nebula's takes a deep turn into misery when Thanos finds out what the Avengers are up to. It says a lot that Nebula, usually unflappable and emotionless, reacts with ''unbridled terror'' upon realizing that he's cottoning on. We once again see how he treats his so-called children: He ''tortures'' Past Nebula in order to figure out what appears to be nothing but a simple glitch. And her own past self, desperate for her father's recognition, brutalizes and nearly kills her in turn...and can't even break free even when it's clear on some level she wants to. As Nebula isn't one of the primary Avengers, the whole sequence comes with the very real fear that she's about to be killed at any moment, especially when Thanos decides to do what was very nearly a KillAndReplace to sabotage the Avengers' efforts.



* The MoodWhiplash after the successful snap back, Clint getting a call from his wife, Scott admiring some birds seemingly returned in one of the compound's gardens...and then a wounded Bruce looks up and [[OhCrap sees the shadow of the Sanctuary II opening fire]]...

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* The MoodWhiplash after the successful snap back, back. Clint getting gets a call from his wife, Scott admiring admires some birds seemingly returned in one of the compound's gardens...gardens and happily states that their plan worked...and then a wounded Bruce looks up and [[OhCrap sees the shadow of the Sanctuary II opening fire]]...








** The psychological damage done to humanity is arguably even worse. Every human being has been deeply, irrevocably scarred. Everyone has lost people they love (half the people they love, in fact), and it's likely they ''watched'' as those people turned to dust in front of them. No explanation, no help coming, no hope of return. It's amazing that society didn't collapse overnight as 3.5billion humans went insane with rage and grief. Which is implied to be a real issue, considering there are therapy sessions set up to help people come to terms with The Snap. It will take ''generations'' for the world to get over the damage done to its collective psyche. Perhaps best exemplified when Scott asks a passing kid [[FishOutOfTemporalWater what happened]]... and the barely-teenage boy just gives him a [[ThousandYardStare cold, dead stare]], before riding away.

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** The psychological damage done to humanity is arguably even worse. Every human being has been deeply, irrevocably scarred. Everyone has lost people they love (half the people they love, in fact), and it's likely they ''watched'' as those people turned to dust in front of them. No explanation, no help coming, no hope of return. It's amazing that society didn't collapse overnight as 3.5billion 5 billion humans went insane with rage and grief. Which is implied to be a real issue, considering there are therapy sessions set up to help people come to terms with The Snap. It will take ''generations'' for the world to get over the damage done to its collective psyche. Perhaps best exemplified when Scott asks a passing kid [[FishOutOfTemporalWater what happened]]... and the barely-teenage barely-teenaged boy just gives him a [[ThousandYardStare cold, dead stare]], before riding away.



** Thor actually does make good on his [[Film/AvengersInfinityWar previous failure]]. Violently. What makes it scary is the buildup: Thor crashes straight into Thanos' hut and immediately ''severs'' his arm, causing Thanos to scream even louder than when Stormbreaker was shoved into his chest. When Thanos is restrained by the other Avengers, he congratulates Nebula on [[VillainsNeverLie noticing his honesty]] [[HeelRealization and even regrets his abusive treatment of her]]. Thor stands silently hearing Thanos' spiel about the Stones' destruction. [[JumpScare Then, all of a sudden, the familiar sound of Stormbreaker activating, with its blade glowing blue and Thor's cry of rage]], are all signs that warn viewers of Thanos' quick end as Thor, in absolute rage, slices Thanos's head clean off.

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** Thor actually does make good on his [[Film/AvengersInfinityWar previous failure]]. Violently. What makes it scary is the buildup: Thor crashes straight into Thanos' hut and immediately ''severs'' his arm, causing Thanos to scream even louder than when Stormbreaker was shoved into his chest. When Thanos is restrained by the other Avengers, he congratulates Nebula on [[VillainsNeverLie noticing his honesty]] honesty [[HeelRealization and even regrets his abusive treatment of her]]. Thor stands silently hearing Thanos' spiel about the Stones' destruction. Then, [[JumpScare Then, all of a sudden, sudden]], the familiar sound of Stormbreaker activating, with its blade glowing blue and Thor's cry of rage]], rage, are all signs that warn viewers of Thanos' quick end as Thor, in absolute rage, slices Thanos's head clean off.



** Past Thanos viewing the same scene in Nebula's memories ''actually shows the cut where Thanos' head was'' for a split second, though its being seen [[HologramProjectionImperfection through a hologram]] [[GoryDiscretionShot partially censors it]].

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** Past Thanos viewing the same scene in Nebula's memories ''actually shows the cut where Thanos' head was'' for a split second, though its it's being seen [[HologramProjectionImperfection through a hologram]] that [[GoryDiscretionShot partially censors it]].



*** Even given [[AssholeVictim who the target was and what he had just accomplished]], the whole assault against Thanos and his death [[CurbStompBattle is as brutal as it is cathartic]]. Once they find Thanos (albeit weaker than before), the Avengers sent there for the ambush [[LightningBruiser proceed to effectively crush him in just a few minutes]], highlighted by the fact that Thanos didn't try to throw a punch back. It really cemented that the remaining Avengers had practically nothing else to lose by that point and were willing to do ''[[GodzillaThreshold anything]]'' to at least get something out of their loss, if not save everybody that Thanos snapped. Rhodey especially hits it home with his suggestion of [[HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct killing Thanos as a baby]] when they figure out time travel (although [[EverybodyHasStandards Bruce's reactions]] to that suggestion helped frame it in a [[BlackComedy comically dark]] context).

* Think about Scott Lang for a moment. He gets pulled out of the Quantum Realm by a rat randomly hitting the button needed to pull him back. [[YearOutsideHourInside From his perception, he was gone for only five hours. When he gets back, he learns that five years have passed]]...and the world has lost half its population, including the Pyms and the Wombats. Scott Lang finds himself in a BadFuture that few can dream of. The fact that he didn't fall into a HeroicBSOD from sheer horror is phenomenal.

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*** ** Even given [[AssholeVictim who the target was and what he had just accomplished]], the whole assault against Thanos and his death [[CurbStompBattle is as brutal as it is cathartic]]. Once they find Thanos (albeit weaker than before), the Avengers sent there for the ambush [[LightningBruiser proceed to effectively crush him in just a few minutes]], highlighted by the fact that Thanos didn't try to throw a punch back. It really cemented that the remaining Avengers had practically nothing else to lose by that point and were willing to do ''[[GodzillaThreshold anything]]'' to at least get something out of their loss, if not save everybody that Thanos snapped. Rhodey especially hits it home with his suggestion of [[HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct killing Thanos as a baby]] when they figure out time travel (although [[EverybodyHasStandards Bruce's reactions]] to that suggestion helped frame it in a [[BlackComedy comically dark]] context).

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* Think about Scott Lang for a moment. He gets pulled out of the Quantum Realm by a rat randomly hitting the button needed to pull him back. [[YearOutsideHourInside From his perception, he was gone for only five hours. When he gets back, he learns that [[YearOutsideHourInside five years have passed]]...and the world has lost half its population, including the Pyms and the Wombats. Scott Lang finds himself in a BadFuture that few can dream of. The fact that he didn't fall into a HeroicBSOD from sheer horror is phenomenal.






** The BookEnds of the segment really sell it. Nebula begins it by desperately trying to warn everyone that Thanos is aware of what's going on, but fails. It ends with her captured and [[AloneWithThePsycho her psychopathic past self heading to the future in her stead]] with her unable to do anything but beg Past Gamora to stop it from happening.

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** The BookEnds of the segment really sell it. Nebula begins it by desperately trying to warn everyone Clint and Natasha that Thanos is aware of what's going on, but fails. It ends with her captured and [[AloneWithThePsycho her psychopathic past self heading to the future in her stead]] with her unable to do anything but beg Past Gamora to stop it from happening.
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* Remember wincing at seeing Gamora's corpse at the bottom of Vormir after Thanos sacrifices her for the Soul Stone during ''Infinity War''? Now you get to see that all over again...but with longtime Avenger Natasha/Black Widow instead. That also comes with the bonus of the blood spatter on the rocks around Natasha's head ''not'' being AlienBlood as it was with Gamora. All of this after seeing Natasha and Clint effectively having a skirmish of who would ''[[HeroicSacrifice sacrifice themselves]] [[MoreExpendableThanYou first]]'' so the other could leave with the stone.

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\n* Remember wincing at seeing Gamora's corpse at the bottom of Vormir after Thanos sacrifices her for the Soul Stone during ''Infinity War''? Now you get to see that all over again...but with longtime Avenger Natasha/Black Widow instead. That also comes with the bonus of the blood spatter on the rocks around Natasha's head ''not'' being AlienBlood as it was with Gamora. All of this after seeing Natasha and Clint effectively having a skirmish of who would ''[[HeroicSacrifice ''[[MoreExpendableThanYou sacrifice themselves]] [[MoreExpendableThanYou themselves first]]'' so the other could leave with the stone.




* The full extent of the damage that the Infinity Stones exert on its wearer, when used all at once, is shown. The initial surge of radiation upon the Stones ingratiating with the wielder causes Hulk to ''double over in pain''. He survives activating due to the radiation already in his body, though it costs him the use of his hand; even at the end of the movie, his arm is shown in a sling, indicating that the damage caused might be permanent. Tony's use of it, while being a normal human, is what causes his [[CharacterDeath death]]: After donning it, he only has enough strength to speak his PreMortemOneLiner, while after activating it, he dies where he stands, with his final word being a barely-audible "Pepper".

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\n* The full extent of the damage that the Infinity Stones exert on its wearer, when used all at once, is shown. The initial surge of radiation upon the Stones ingratiating with the wielder causes Hulk to ''double over in pain''. He survives activating due to the radiation already in his body, though it costs him the use of his hand; even at the end of the movie, his arm is shown in a sling, indicating that the damage caused might be permanent. Tony's use of it, while being a normal human, is what causes his [[CharacterDeath death]]: After donning it, he only has enough strength to speak his PreMortemOneLiner, while after activating it, he dies where he stands, with his final word being a barely-audible "Pepper"."Hey, Pep."




* The MoodWhiplash after the successful snap back, Clint getting a call from his wife, Scott admiring some birds seemingly returned in one of the compound's gardens...and then a wounded Bruce [[OhCrap looks up and sees the shadow of the ''Sanctuary II'' opening fire]]...
** In the immediate aftermath of Thanos' bombardment of the compound, the explosion has trapped Banner (who's effectively down an arm due to using the Gauntlet), Rhodey (who is paraplegic and now stripped of his mechanical leg braces), and Rocket (who, despite his enhancements, is [[FurryReminder still a raccoon]] and physically pretty weak) under tons of rubble as water from the river pours in. For anyone suffering from claustrophobia and/or hydrophobia, it's a terrifying sequence. Rocket, in particular, is freaking out. He eventually reaches the point where he just stops talking and starts to cry out, sounding like a terrified animal or kid, [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness made even worse by the fact Rocket almost never shows fear like this]].

* Immediately after this, Clint has been knocked somewhere into the ruined bowels of the Avengers' base along with the Infinity Gauntlet. He seems fine, picks up the Gauntlet, and prepares to find a way out. Then he fires a light arrow at the darkness behind him, [[JumpScare revealing a pack of Thanos' Outriders]] charging him, out for blood. The cramped setting, red lighting, and snarling monsters evokes images of ''{{Film/Aliens}}'' as well as the scares that movie brought.

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\n* The MoodWhiplash after the successful snap back, Clint getting a call from his wife, Scott admiring some birds seemingly returned in one of the compound's gardens...and then a wounded Bruce [[OhCrap looks up and [[OhCrap sees the shadow of the ''Sanctuary II'' Sanctuary II opening fire]]...
** In the immediate aftermath of Thanos' bombardment of the compound, the explosion has trapped Banner (who's effectively down an arm due to using the Gauntlet), Rhodey (who is paraplegic and now stripped of his mechanical leg braces), and Rocket (who, despite his enhancements, is [[FurryReminder still a raccoon]] and physically pretty weak) under tons of rubble as water from the river pours in. For anyone suffering from claustrophobia and/or hydrophobia, it's a terrifying sequence. Rocket, in particular, is freaking out. He eventually reaches the point where he just stops talking and starts to cry out, sounding like a terrified animal or kid, [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness which is made even worse by the fact that [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness Rocket almost never shows fear like this]].

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* Immediately after this, Clint has been knocked somewhere into the ruined bowels of the Avengers' base along with the Infinity Gauntlet. He seems fine, picks up the Gauntlet, and prepares to find a way out. Then Then, he hires a quiet growl, so he fires a light arrow at the darkness behind him, [[JumpScare revealing which reveals a pack of Thanos' Outriders]] charging him, out for blood. The cramped setting, red lighting, and snarling monsters evokes images of ''{{Film/Aliens}}'' as well as the scares that movie brought.
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** The psychological damage done to humanity is arguably even worse. Every human being has been deeply, irrevocably scarred. Everyone has lost people they love (half the people they love, in fact), and it's likely they ''watched'' as those people turned to dust in front of them. No explanation, no help coming, no hope of return. It's amazing that society didn't collapse overnight as 3.5billion humans went insane with rage and grief. Which is implied to be a real issue, considering there are therapy sessions set up to help people come to terms with The Snap. It will take ''generations'' for the world to get over the damage done to its collective psyche. Perhaps best exemplified when Scott asks a passing kid [[FishOutOfTemporalWater what happened]]... and the barely-teenage boy just gives him a [[ThousandYardStare cold, dead stare]], before riding away.


** The bookends of the segment really sell it. Nebula begins it by desperately trying to warn everyone that Thanos is aware of what's going on, but fails. It ends with her captured and [[AloneWithThePsycho her psychopathic past self heading to the future in her stead]] with her unable to do anything but beg Past Gamora to stop it from happening.

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** The bookends BookEnds of the segment really sell it. Nebula begins it by desperately trying to warn everyone that Thanos is aware of what's going on, but fails. It ends with her captured and [[AloneWithThePsycho her psychopathic past self heading to the future in her stead]] with her unable to do anything but beg Past Gamora to stop it from happening.



* The Russo brothers revealed that they had originally planned on having 2014 Thanos go to his timeline's Earth, kill all the humans there, along with the Avengers, and then come to the present with 2014 Captain Americaís '''''severed head.''''' Itís probably best that it wasnít included, as it would have been horribly gruesome to see Capís decapitated head.

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* The Russo brothers Creator/TheRussoBrothers revealed that they had originally planned on having 2014 Thanos go to his timeline's Earth, kill all the humans there, along with the Avengers, and then come to the present with 2014 Captain Americaís '''''severed head.''''' Itís probably best that it wasnít included, as it would have been horribly gruesome to see Capís decapitated head.


*** Thor's ''movements'' during the scene are genuinely terrifying to watch, punctuating how '''''pissed''''' he is with the Mad Titan. He crashes straight into Thanos' hut and immediately '''severs''' his arm, causing Thanos to scream even louder than when Stormbreaker was shoved into his chest. He stands silently hearing his spiel about the Stones' destruction...and then finally, Thor, in absolute rage, slices Thanos's head clean off.


** The scene itself is surprisingly {{Gorn}}y. When Thor slices off his arm, for about a split second it shows the exact moment he chops it off, leaving behind a burnt stump that seems to be caked in his AlienBlood. And then, when Thor finally decapitates Thanos, in the midst of a burst of his blood, his jugular vein can be seen hanging from his neck, and a portion of his spinal cord visible from the bottom of his head - also for a second only. Past Thanos viewing the same scene in Nebula's memories actually shows the cut where Thanos' head was for a split second, though its being seen [[HologramProjectionImperfection through a hologram]] [[GoryDiscretionShot partially censors it]].

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*** Thor's ''movements'' during the scene are genuinely terrifying to watch, punctuating how '''''pissed''''' he is with the Mad Titan. He crashes straight into Thanos' hut and immediately '''severs''' his arm, causing Thanos to scream even louder than when Stormbreaker was shoved into his chest. He stands silently hearing his spiel about the Stones' destruction...and then finally, Thor, in absolute rage, slices Thanos's head clean off.
** The scene itself shocking amount of {{Gorn}} there is surprisingly {{Gorn}}y. in the scene, putting aside the aforementioned burns on Thanos' body. When Thor slices off his arm, for about a split second it shows the exact moment ''moment'' he chops it off, leaving behind a burnt stump that seems to be caked ''caked'' in his AlienBlood. AlienBlood - if Thor had dismembered him just a bit slower, it could have easily led to the Titan bleeding out. And then, when Thor finally decapitates Thanos, in the midst of a burst of his blood, his ''his jugular vein can be seen hanging from his neck, and a portion of his spinal cord visible from the bottom of his head head'' - also for a second only. only.
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Past Thanos viewing the same scene in Nebula's memories actually ''actually shows the cut where Thanos' head was was'' for a split second, though its being seen [[HologramProjectionImperfection through a hologram]] [[GoryDiscretionShot partially censors it]]. it]].
** Thanos himself doesn't even flinch at what is basically ''his own recorded death'', making you wonder what deep shades of hell made him so cynical that he isn't disturbed by such.



** Natasha's death also serves as a explicit confirmation about what is easily the most harrowing things about the Soul Stone: a sacrifice for the stone is a ''permanent'' exchange. Anyone whose soul is given up for the stone [[KilledOffForReal cannot be brought back]], ''even'' with all full use of the Infinity Stones in tow. Banner intones with regret near exerts on their wearer involves a fair amount of BodyHorror. Thanos' appearance since the end events of the film that when he used the stones to revive everyone Thanos erased, he tried bringing Natasha back as well, but to no avail. By the same token, the Gamora that now exists in the prime timeline is a different Gamora from the past that does not know any of the Guardians. The Gamora that previously existed in this timeline and was sacrificed by Thanos for the Soul Stone is still dead, and it's only through Past Thanos taking Past Gamora with him into the present that ''any'' Gamora exists in this timeline at all.

* The damage that full use of the Infinity Stones exerts on their wearer involves a fair amount of BodyHorror. Thanos' appearance since the events of ''Infinity War'', who is shown to have most of the left half of his body ''singed'', greatly resembling Two-Face in ''Film/TheDarkKnight''. As Tony wields the Stones, you can actually see the energies tearing through his armor. After his snap, his body is so badly damaged, his ear has burned off. And Tony, one of the most notorious {{Motor Mouth}}s in movie history, can't even speak to Rhodey or Peter when the two discover his damaged state.

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** Natasha's death also serves as a explicit confirmation about what is easily the most harrowing things about the Soul Stone: a sacrifice for the stone is a ''permanent'' exchange. Anyone whose soul is given up for the stone [[KilledOffForReal cannot be brought back]], ''even'' with all full use of the Infinity Stones in tow. Banner intones with regret near exerts on their wearer involves a fair amount of BodyHorror. Thanos' appearance since the end events of the film that when he used the stones to revive everyone Thanos erased, he tried bringing Natasha back as well, but to no avail. By the same token, the Gamora that now exists in the prime timeline is a different Gamora from the past that does not know any of the Guardians. The Gamora that previously existed in this timeline and was sacrificed by Thanos for the Soul Stone is still dead, and it's only through Past Thanos taking Past Gamora with him into the present that ''any'' Gamora exists in this timeline at all.

* The full extent of the damage that full use of the Infinity Stones exerts exert on their wearer involves a fair amount its wearer, when used all at once, is shown. The initial surge of BodyHorror. Thanos' appearance since radiation upon the events Stones ingratiating with the wielder causes Hulk to ''double over in pain''. He survives activating due to the radiation already in his body, though it costs him the use of ''Infinity War'', who his hand; even at the end of the movie, his arm is shown to have most of in a sling, indicating that the left half damage caused might be permanent. Tony's use of it, while being a normal human, is what causes his body ''singed'', greatly resembling Two-Face in ''Film/TheDarkKnight''. [[CharacterDeath death]]: After donning it, he only has enough strength to speak his PreMortemOneLiner, while after activating it, he dies where he stands, with his final word being a barely-audible "Pepper".
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As Tony wields the Stones, you can actually see the energies tearing through his armor. After his snap, his body is so badly damaged, his ear has burned off. And Tony, one of the most notorious {{Motor Mouth}}s in movie history, can't even speak to Rhodey or Peter when the two discover his damaged state.
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** Thanos' Two-Face appearance as mentioned above. His final appearance is made all the more damning in that unlike the two human Avengers utilizing a high-tech gauntlet solution, he was a Titan with a gauntlet ''specifically forged'' to handle the use of the stones.



** In the immediate aftermath of Thanos' bombardment of the compound, the explosion has trapped Banner, Rhodey, and Rocket under tons of rubble as water from the river pours in. For anyone suffering from claustrophobia and/or hydrophobia, it's a terrifying sequence. Rocket, in particular, is freaking out. He eventually reaches the point where he just stops talking and starts to cry out, sounding like a terrified animal or kid, [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness made even worse by the fact Rocket almost never shows fear like this]].
-->'''Rocket:''' ''[crushed under debris and straining to speak]'' I can't breathe, I can't breathe!

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** In the immediate aftermath of Thanos' bombardment of the compound, the explosion has trapped Banner, Rhodey, Banner (who's effectively down an arm due to using the Gauntlet), Rhodey (who is paraplegic and now stripped of his mechanical leg braces), and Rocket (who, despite his enhancements, is [[FurryReminder still a raccoon]] and physically pretty weak) under tons of rubble as water from the river pours in. For anyone suffering from claustrophobia and/or hydrophobia, it's a terrifying sequence. Rocket, in particular, is freaking out. He eventually reaches the point where he just stops talking and starts to cry out, sounding like a terrified animal or kid, [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness made even worse by the fact Rocket almost never shows fear like this]].
-->'''Rocket:''' ''[crushed under debris and straining to speak]'' I can't breathe, I can't breathe!


* In the immediate aftermath of Thanos' bombardment of the compound, the explosion has trapped Banner, Rhodey, and Rocket under tons of rubble as water from the river pours in. For anyone suffering from claustrophobia and/or hydrophobia, it's a terrifying sequence.

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* The MoodWhiplash after the successful snap back, Clint getting a call from his wife, Scott admiring some birds seemingly returned in one of the compound's gardens...and then a wounded Bruce [[OhCrap looks up and sees the shadow of the ''Sanctuary II'' opening fire]]...
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In the immediate aftermath of Thanos' bombardment of the compound, the explosion has trapped Banner, Rhodey, and Rocket under tons of rubble as water from the river pours in. For anyone suffering from claustrophobia and/or hydrophobia, it's a terrifying sequence. Rocket, in particular, is freaking out. He eventually reaches the point where he just stops talking and starts to cry out, sounding like a terrified animal or kid, [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness made even worse by the fact Rocket almost never shows fear like this]].



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** Before the Avengers actually manage to find Thanos at the Garden, they spend the entire time looking for him via ''any means possible''. Steve even presses Tony for any clues Thanos may have given him during their fight. If you think about it from the remaining Avengers' perspective (with the exception of Tony's because he absolutely wants nothing to do with Thanos anymore after nearly getting killed), the mere thought of a near-omnipotent madman just roaming around doing God-knows-what somewhere in the universe is frightening enough that they are willing to instantly jump at any info about Thanos' whereabouts. Even worse is the possibility of Thanos coming back to Earth with his entire army brought back using the Infinity Gauntlet and deciding to finish the job. Even with Captain Marvel on their side, the Avengers know that they lack too much manpower to mount a proper defense so they decide to ambush Thanos. This conversation between Natasha and Steve sums up the desperation everyone feels as they go to what they felt was a SuicideMission:
--->'''Natasha:''' [Ambushing Thanos] is going to work, Steve.\\
'''Steve:''' I know it will... because I don't know what I will do if it doesn't.
*** Even given [[AssholeVictim who the target was and what he had just accomplished]], the whole assault against Thanos and his death [[CurbStompBattle is as brutal as it is cathartic]]. Once they find Thanos (albeit weaker than before), the Avengers sent there for the ambush [[LightningBruiser proceed to effectively crush him in just a few minutes]], highlighted by the fact that Thanos didn't try to throw a punch back. It really cemented that the remaining Avengers had practically nothing else to lose by that point and were willing to do ''[[GodzillaThreshold anything]]'' to at least get something out of their loss, if not save everybody that Thanos snapped. Rhodey especially hits it home with his suggestion of [[HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct killing Thanos as a baby]] when they figure out time travel (although [[EverybodyHasStandards Bruce's reactions]] to that suggestion helped frame it in a [[BlackComedy comically dark]] context).

* Think about Scott Lang for a moment. He gets pulled out of the Quantum Realm by a rat randomly hitting the button needed to pull him back. [[YearOutsideHourInside From his perception, he was gone for only five hours. When he gets back, he learns that five years have passed]]...and the world has lost half its population, including the Pyms and the Wombats. Scott Lang finds himself in a BadFuture that few can dream of. The fact that he didn't fall into a HeroicBSOD from sheer horror is phenomenal.
** He finds a memorial to "The Vanished" and frantically searches it while uttering a RapidFireNo, hoping not to see Cassie's name. Her name isn't there, but another one is: '''His own'''. His little girl thinks her father, her hero, has been dead for five years... and Scott has missed five years of his beloved daughter's life.
** Cassie and Scott are both visibly shaken when they see each other again. It takes him a while to realize this strange teenage girl is Cassie, and she's doubting her eyes as she tries to fathom how her father's return is even possible. Look at her body language; you get the sense she's expecting this to be some cruel trick. It's basically a fulfillment of Hope's AdultFear moment in ''Film/AntManAndTheWasp''; after all this time, would a parent and child even recognize each other?

* Everything about Nebula's terrible experience in the past. While everyone else (but Clint and Nat) get adventures in the past that are either lighthearted, fun, or heartwarming in some way or another, Nebula's takes a deep turn into misery when Thanos finds out what the Avengers are up to. It says a lot that Nebula, usually unflappable and emotionless, reacts with ''unbridled terror'' upon realizing that he's cottoning on. We once again see how he treats his so-called children: He ''tortures'' Past Nebula in order to figure out what appears to be nothing but a simple glitch. And her own past self, desperate for her father's recognition, brutalizes and nearly kills her in turn...and can't even break free even when it's clear on some level she wants to. As Nebula isn't one of the primary Avengers, the whole sequence comes with the very real fear that she's about to be killed at any moment, especially when Thanos decides to do what was very nearly a KillAndReplace to sabotage the Avengers' efforts.
** The bookends of the segment really sell it. Nebula begins it by desperately trying to warn everyone that Thanos is aware of what's going on, but fails. It ends with her captured and [[AloneWithThePsycho her psychopathic past self heading to the future in her stead]] with her unable to do anything but beg Past Gamora to stop it from happening.

* Think about the Battle of New York in the new timeline, from the point of view of the original Avengers of that period. The battle is won, Loki is in custody, and the Tesseract and the Scepter are being taken away. Then, suddenly, Tony has a heart attack and, in the confusion, Loki grabs the Tesseract and teleports away while, as far as they can tell, someone who may be Loki or an unknown third party impersonates Captain America and tricks S.H.I.E.L.D. into giving him the Scepter. Also keep in mind Loki's objective was to get the Tesseract to Thanos and he's probably going to go deliver it now, and the HYDRA agents inside S.H.I.E.L.D. briefly think Steve Rogers has joined them (though in after-action reports, they'll probably deduce it was Loki). Whatever is going to happen in the future of this timeline, it can't be good.
** The heart attack becomes worse when you remember that Tony already had a near-death experience just about an hour ago. The others might be worried if it's a side effect of whatever happened to him in space.
** The time for Scott and Tony between when Loki teleports and Tony figures out another time to take the Tesseract must have been a nightmare. Everything up to this moment said everyone had one shot at this and they missed. Even worse, Tony -- the one who took the responsibility of protecting the Earth from Thanos the most personally -- has now failed in what is most likely their last chance. Itís a worst case scenario made real.

* Remember wincing at seeing Gamora's corpse at the bottom of Vormir after Thanos sacrifices her for the Soul Stone during ''Infinity War''? Now you get to see that all over again...but with longtime Avenger Natasha/Black Widow instead. That also comes with the bonus of the blood spatter on the rocks around Natasha's head ''not'' being AlienBlood as it was with Gamora. All of this after seeing Natasha and Clint effectively having a skirmish of who would ''[[HeroicSacrifice sacrifice themselves]] [[MoreExpendableThanYou first]]'' so the other could leave with the stone.
** Natasha's death also serves as a explicit confirmation about what is easily the most harrowing things about the Soul Stone: a sacrifice for the stone is a ''permanent'' exchange. Anyone whose soul is given up for the stone [[KilledOffForReal cannot be brought back]], ''even'' with all full use of the Infinity Stones in tow. Banner intones with regret near exerts on their wearer involves a fair amount of BodyHorror. Thanos' appearance since the end events of the film that when he used the stones to revive everyone Thanos erased, he tried bringing Natasha back as well, but to no avail. By the same token, the Gamora that now exists in the prime timeline is a different Gamora from the past that does not know any of the Guardians. The Gamora that previously existed in this timeline and was sacrificed by Thanos for the Soul Stone is still dead, and it's only through Past Thanos taking Past Gamora with him into the present that ''any'' Gamora exists in this timeline at all.


--->'''Rocket:''' ''[crushed under debris and straining to speak]'' I can't breathe, I can't breathe!

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--->'''Rocket:''' -->'''Rocket:''' ''[crushed under debris and straining to speak]'' I can't breathe, I can't breathe!


** Thor actually does make good on his [[Film/AvengersInfinityWar previous failure]]. Violently. What makes it scary is the buildup: Firstly, Thanos congratulates Nebula on [[VillainsNeverLie noticing his honesty]] [[HeelRealization and even regrets his abusive treatment of her]]. [[JumpScare Then, all of a sudden, the familiar sound of Stormbreaker activating, with its blade glowing blue and Thor's cry of rage]], are all signs that warn viewers of Thanos' quick end. Thor crashes straight into Thanos' hut and immediately ''severs'' his arm, causing Thanos to scream even louder than when Stormbreaker was shoved into his chest. He stands silently hearing Thanos' spiel about the Stones' destruction...and then finally, Thor, in absolute rage, slices Thanos's head clean off.

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** Thor actually does make good on his [[Film/AvengersInfinityWar previous failure]]. Violently. What makes it scary is the buildup: Firstly, Thor crashes straight into Thanos' hut and immediately ''severs'' his arm, causing Thanos to scream even louder than when Stormbreaker was shoved into his chest. When Thanos is restrained by the other Avengers, he congratulates Nebula on [[VillainsNeverLie noticing his honesty]] [[HeelRealization and even regrets his abusive treatment of her]]. Thor stands silently hearing Thanos' spiel about the Stones' destruction. [[JumpScare Then, all of a sudden, the familiar sound of Stormbreaker activating, with its blade glowing blue and Thor's cry of rage]], are all signs that warn viewers of Thanos' quick end. Thor crashes straight into Thanos' hut and immediately ''severs'' his arm, causing Thanos to scream even louder than when Stormbreaker was shoved into his chest. He stands silently hearing Thanos' spiel about the Stones' destruction...and then finally, end as Thor, in absolute rage, slices Thanos's head clean off.


Serving as the GrandFinale of the original MythArc of the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse, it's perhaps fitting that ''Endgame'' has a far greater dose of horrors than previous films in the franchise. Retaining the copious heaps of FridgeHorror from [[Film/AvengersInfinityWar its predecessor]] as well as even darker material of its own, as well as genuinely terrifying scenes that easily could have bumped the film up to an R rating, the end of the Infinity Saga ''will'' keep you awake at night ([[TearJerker at least when you aren't crying your eyes out]]).

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Serving as the GrandFinale of the original MythArc of the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse, it's perhaps fitting that ''Endgame'' has a far greater dose of horrors than previous films in the franchise. Retaining the copious heaps darker tone and violence of FridgeHorror from [[Film/AvengersInfinityWar its predecessor]] as well as even darker material of its own, as well as genuinely terrifying scenes of its own that easily could have bumped the film up to an R rating, the end of the Infinity Saga ''will'' keep you awake at night ([[TearJerker at least when you aren't crying your eyes out]]).



* The beginning of the film takes place during the [[Film/AvengersInfinityWar Decimation]] in Clint's POV. He's just spending an ordinary day with his wife and children when they suddenly disappear without explanation while he isn't looking. AdultFear can't describe how he must've felt during that moment. What really hits it home is that we see wisps of dust billowing away, but it's such a minuscule amount that it's only because we know what happened in the previous film that we recognize it. To those without that knowledge, like Clint, it's a ''literal'' BlinkAndYouMissIt; his family disappeared '''[[NothingIsScarier without a trace]]'''.
** And that's ''[[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking before they even show the film's logos.]]''

* Five years later, Clint becomes Ronin and turns to [[VigilanteMan vigilantism]], going on a one-man crusade ruthlessly murdering the criminal element that remained after the Snap in an attempt to cope with the deaths of his family, [[TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth clearly bitter that they died]] [[YouShouldHaveDiedInstead while evil thrived]].
-->'''Akihiko:''' ''[in Japanese]'' Why are you doing this!?\\
'''Ronin:''' ''[in Japanese]'' You survived; half the world didn't. They got Thanos; you get me.
** When Natasha and Rhodey are monitoring Clint's movements, Rhodey expresses horror over what Clint has done, even admitting to Natasha that a part of him ''doesn't'' want to find him, presumably because he'd have to bring him in.

* The film also shows what places like NYC and San Francisco look like after the Decimation: ''Completely lifeless''. The weather is murky and dark, showing how low the atmosphere has fallen with only half of life on Earth. Keep in mind that Thanos wanted to erase half of life in the universe to have resources last and reduce the risk of the OverpopulationCrisis that befell his home planet Titan. And this is the end result: Earth didn't thrive; ''it is utterly silenced and rotting''.

* The confrontation with Thanos in the Garden features a few examples of NightmareFuel.
** Thanos' appearance since the events of ''Infinity War'', who is shown to have ''most of the left half of his body'' '''singed''', greatly resembling Two-Face in ''Film/TheDarkKnight''. When the Avengers find no Stones in his Gauntlet, he explains that he used them to destroy each other, deeming them an unnecessary temptation upon his reaching his goal. The immediate realization is that the Decimation '' cannot be undone'' and the Avengers, this time, [[YouAreTooLate have failed permanently]].
** Thor actually does '''decapitate''' Thanos with Stormbreaker upon this realization. His arm was only severed to take the Gauntlet off of him; this time, Thor is in a sufficient rage to truly '''"[[Film/AvengersInfinityWar [go] for the head]]"'''. What's worse is the buildup: Firstly, Thanos congratulates Nebula on [[VillainsNeverLie noticing his honesty]] [[HeelRealization and even regrets his abusive treatment of her]]. [[JumpScare Then, all of a sudden, the familiar sound of Stormbreaker activating, with its blade glowing blue and Thor's cry of rage]], are all signs that warn viewers of Thanos' quick end.

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* The beginning of the film takes place during the [[Film/AvengersInfinityWar Decimation]] in Clint's POV. He's just spending an ordinary day with his wife and children when they suddenly disappear without explanation while he isn't looking. AdultFear can't describe how he must've felt during that moment. What really hits it home is that we see wisps of dust billowing away, but it's such a minuscule amount that it's only because we know what happened in the previous film that we recognize it. To those without that knowledge, like Clint, it's a ''literal'' BlinkAndYouMissIt; his family disappeared '''[[NothingIsScarier [[NothingIsScarier without a trace]]'''.
** And that's ''[[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking before they even show the film's logos.]]''

* Five years later, Clint becomes Ronin and turns to [[VigilanteMan vigilantism]], going on a one-man crusade ruthlessly murdering the criminal element that remained after the Snap in an attempt to cope with the deaths of his family, [[TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth clearly bitter that they died]] [[YouShouldHaveDiedInstead while evil thrived]].
-->'''Akihiko:''' ''[in Japanese]'' Why are you doing this!?\\
'''Ronin:''' ''[in Japanese]'' You survived; half the world didn't. They got Thanos; you get me.
** When Natasha and Rhodey are monitoring Clint's movements, Rhodey expresses horror over what Clint has done, even admitting to Natasha that a part of him ''doesn't'' want to find him, presumably because he'd have to bring him in.

trace]].

* The film also shows what places like NYC and San Francisco look like after the Decimation: ''Completely lifeless''.Completely lifeless. The weather is murky and dark, showing how low the atmosphere has fallen with only half of life on Earth. Keep in mind that Thanos wanted to erase half of life in the universe to have resources last and reduce the risk of the OverpopulationCrisis that befell his home planet Titan. And this is the end result: Earth didn't thrive; ''it it is utterly silenced and rotting''.

visibly rotting.

* The confrontation with Thanos in the Garden features a few examples of NightmareFuel.
** Thanos' appearance since the events of ''Infinity War'', who is shown to have ''most of the left half of his body'' '''singed''', greatly resembling Two-Face in ''Film/TheDarkKnight''. When the Avengers find no Stones in his Gauntlet, he explains
some graphic violence and BodyHorror that he used them to destroy each other, deeming them would not be out of place in an unnecessary temptation upon his reaching his goal. The immediate realization is that the Decimation '' cannot be undone'' and the Avengers, this time, [[YouAreTooLate have failed permanently]].
R-rated film.
** Thor actually does '''decapitate''' Thanos with Stormbreaker upon this realization. His arm was only severed to take the Gauntlet off of him; this time, Thor is in a sufficient rage to truly '''"[[Film/AvengersInfinityWar [go] for the head]]"'''. What's worse make good on his [[Film/AvengersInfinityWar previous failure]]. Violently. What makes it scary is the buildup: Firstly, Thanos congratulates Nebula on [[VillainsNeverLie noticing his honesty]] [[HeelRealization and even regrets his abusive treatment of her]]. [[JumpScare Then, all of a sudden, the familiar sound of Stormbreaker activating, with its blade glowing blue and Thor's cry of rage]], are all signs that warn viewers of Thanos' quick end. Thor crashes straight into Thanos' hut and immediately ''severs'' his arm, causing Thanos to scream even louder than when Stormbreaker was shoved into his chest. He stands silently hearing Thanos' spiel about the Stones' destruction...and then finally, Thor, in absolute rage, slices Thanos's head clean off.



*** Thor's ''movements'' during the scene are genuinely terrifying to watch, punctuating how '''''pissed''''' he is with the Mad Titan. He crashes straight into Thanos' hut and immediately '''severs''' his arm, causing Thanos to scream even louder than when Stormbreaker was shoved into his chest. He stands silently hearing his spiel about the Stones' destruction...and then finally, Thor, in absolute rage, slices Thanos's head clean off.
** The shocking amount of {{Gorn}} there is in the scene, putting aside the aforementioned burns on Thanos' body. When Thor slices off his arm, for about a split second it shows the exact ''moment'' he chops it off, leaving behind a burnt stump that seems to be ''caked'' in his AlienBlood - if Thor had dismembered him just a bit slower, it could have easily led to the Titan bleeding out. And then, when Thor finally decapitates Thanos, in the midst of a burst of his blood, ''his jugular vein can be seen hanging from his neck, and a portion of his spinal cord visible from the bottom of his head'' - also for a second only.
** Past Thanos viewing the same scene in Nebula's memories ''actually shows the cut where Thanos' head was'' for a split second, though its being seen [[HologramProjectionImperfection through a hologram]] [[GoryDiscretionShot partially censors it]].
** Thanos himself doesn't even flinch at what is basically ''his own recorded death'', making you wonder what deep shades of hell made him so cynical that he isn't disturbed by such.
** Before the Avengers actually manage to find Thanos at the Garden, they spend the entire time looking for him via ''any means possible''. Steve even presses Tony for any clues Thanos may have given him during their fight. If you think about it from the remaining Avengers' perspective (with the exception of Tony's because he absolutely wants nothing to do with Thanos anymore after nearly getting killed), the mere thought of a near-omnipotent madman just roaming around doing God-knows-what somewhere in the universe is frightening enough that they are willing to instantly jump at any info about Thanos' whereabouts. Even worse is the possibility of Thanos coming back to Earth with his entire army brought back using the Infinity Gauntlet and deciding to finish the job. Even with Captain Marvel on their side, the Avengers know that they lack too much manpower to mount a proper defense so they decide to ambush Thanos. This conversation between Natasha and Steve sums up the desperation everyone feels as they go to what they felt was a SuicideMission:
--->'''Natasha:''' [Ambushing Thanos] is going to work, Steve.\\
'''Steve:''' I know it will... because I don't know what I will do if it doesn't.
*** Even given [[AssholeVictim who the target was and what he had just accomplished]], the whole assault against Thanos and his death [[CurbStompBattle is as brutal as it is cathartic]]. Once they find Thanos (albeit weaker than before), the Avengers sent there for the ambush [[LightningBruiser proceed to effectively crush him in just a few minutes]], highlighted by the fact that Thanos didn't try to throw a punch back. It really cemented that the remaining Avengers had practically nothing else to lose by that point and were willing to do ''[[GodzillaThreshold anything]]'' to at least get something out of their loss, if not save everybody that Thanos snapped. Rhodey especially hits it home with his suggestion of [[HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct killing Thanos as a baby]] when they figure out time travel (although [[EverybodyHasStandards Bruce's reactions]] to that suggestion helped frame it in a [[BlackComedy comically dark]] context).

* Think about Scott Lang for a moment. He gets pulled out of the Quantum Realm by a rat randomly hitting the button needed to pull him back. [[YearOutsideHourInside From his perception, he was gone for only five hours. When he gets back, he learns that five years have passed]]...and the world has lost half its population, including the Pyms and the Wombats. Scott Lang finds himself in a BadFuture that few can dream of. The fact that he didn't fall into a HeroicBSOD from sheer horror is phenomenal.
** He finds a memorial to "The Vanished" and frantically searches it while uttering a RapidFireNo, hoping not to see Cassie's name. Her name isn't there, but another one is: '''His own'''. His little girl thinks her father, her hero, has been dead for five years... and Scott has missed five years of his beloved daughter's life.
** Cassie and Scott are both visibly shaken when they see each other again. It takes him a while to realize this strange teenage girl is Cassie, and she's doubting her eyes as she tries to fathom how her father's return is even possible. Look at her body language; you get the sense she's expecting this to be some cruel trick. It's basically a fulfillment of Hope's AdultFear moment in ''Film/AntManAndTheWasp''; after all this time, would a parent and child even recognize each other?

* Everything about Nebula's terrible experience in the past. While everyone else (but Clint and Nat) get adventures in the past that are either lighthearted, fun, or heartwarming in some way or another, Nebula's takes a deep turn into misery when Thanos finds out what the Avengers are up to. It says a lot that Nebula, usually unflappable and emotionless, reacts with ''unbridled terror'' upon realizing that he's cottoning on. We once again see how he treats his so-called children: He ''tortures'' Past Nebula in order to figure out what appears to be nothing but a simple glitch. And her own past self, desperate for her father's recognition, brutalizes and nearly kills her in turn...and can't even break free even when it's clear on some level she wants to. As Nebula isn't one of the primary Avengers, the whole sequence comes with the very real fear that she's about to be killed at any moment, especially when Thanos decides to do what was very nearly a KillAndReplace to sabotage the Avengers' efforts.
** The bookends of the segment really sell it. Nebula begins it by desperately trying to warn everyone that Thanos is aware of what's going on, but fails. It ends with her captured and [[AloneWithThePsycho her psychopathic past self heading to the future in her stead]] with her unable to do anything but beg Past Gamora to stop it from happening.

* Think about the Battle of New York in the new timeline, from the point of view of the original Avengers of that period. The battle is won, Loki is in custody, and the Tesseract and the Scepter are being taken away. Then, suddenly, Tony has a heart attack and, in the confusion, Loki grabs the Tesseract and teleports away while, as far as they can tell, someone who may be Loki or an unknown third party impersonates Captain America and tricks S.H.I.E.L.D. into giving him the Scepter. Also keep in mind Loki's objective was to get the Tesseract to Thanos and he's probably going to go deliver it now, and the HYDRA agents inside S.H.I.E.L.D. briefly think Steve Rogers has joined them (though in after-action reports, they'll probably deduce it was Loki). Whatever is going to happen in the future of this timeline, it can't be good.
** The heart attack becomes worse when you remember that Tony already had a near-death experience just about an hour ago. The others might be worried if it's a side effect of whatever happened to him in space.
** The time for Scott and Tony between when Loki teleports and Tony figures out another time to take the Tesseract must have been a nightmare. Everything up to this moment said everyone had one shot at this and they missed. Even worse, Tony -- the one who took the responsibility of protecting the Earth from Thanos the most personally -- has now failed in what is most likely their last chance. Itís a worst case scenario made real.

* Remember wincing at seeing Gamora's corpse at the bottom of Vormir after Thanos sacrifices her for the Soul Stone during ''Infinity War''? Now you get to see that all over again...but with longtime Avenger Natasha/Black Widow instead. That also comes with the bonus of the blood spatter on the rocks around Natasha's head ''not'' being AlienBlood as it was with Gamora. All of this after seeing Natasha and Clint effectively having a skirmish of who would ''[[HeroicSacrifice sacrifice themselves]] [[MoreExpendableThanYou first]]'' so the other could leave with the stone.
** Natasha's death also serves as a explicit confirmation about what is easily the most harrowing things about the Soul Stone: a sacrifice for the stone is a ''permanent'' exchange. Anyone whose soul is given up for the stone [[KilledOffForReal cannot be brought back]], ''even'' with all of the Infinity Stones in tow. Banner intones with regret near the end of the film that when he used the stones to revive everyone Thanos erased, he tried bringing Natasha back as well, but to no avail. By the same token, the Gamora that now exists in the prime timeline is a different Gamora from the past that does not know any of the Guardians. The Gamora that previously existed in this timeline and was sacrificed by Thanos for the Soul Stone is still dead, and it's only through Past Thanos taking Past Gamora with him into the present that ''any'' Gamora exists in this timeline at all.

* The full extent of the damage that the Infinity Stones exert on its wearer, when used all at once, is shown. The initial surge of radiation upon the Stones ingratiating with the wielder causes Hulk to ''double over in pain''. He survives activating due to the radiation already in his body, though it costs him the use of his hand; even at the end of the movie, his arm is shown in a sling, indicating that the damage caused might be permanent. Tony's use of it, while being a normal human, is what causes his [[CharacterDeath death]]: After donning it, he only has enough strength to speak his PreMortemOneLiner, while after activating it, he dies where he stands, with his final word being a barely-audible "Pepper".
** As Tony wields the Stones, you can actually see the energies tearing through his armor. After his snap, his body is so badly damaged, his ear has burned off. And Tony, one of the most notorious {{Motor Mouth}}s in movie history, can't even speak to Rhodey or Peter when the two discover his damaged state.
** Thanos' Two-Face appearance as mentioned above. His final appearance is made all the more damning in that unlike the two human Avengers utilizing a high-tech gauntlet solution, he was a Titan with a gauntlet ''specifically forged'' to handle the use of the stones.

* The MoodWhiplash after the successful snap back, Clint getting a call from his wife, Scott admiring some birds seemingly returned in one of the compound's gardens...and then a wounded Bruce [[OhCrap looks up and sees the shadow of the ''Sanctuary II'' opening fire]]...
** In the immediate aftermath of Thanos' bombardment of the compound, the explosion has trapped Banner (who's effectively down an arm due to using the Gauntlet), Rhodey (who is paraplegic and now stripped of his mechanical leg braces), and Rocket (who, despite his enhancements, is [[FurryReminder still a raccoon]] and physically pretty weak) under tons of rubble as water from the river pours in. For anyone suffering from claustrophobia and/or hydrophobia, it's a terrifying sequence. Rocket, in particular, is freaking out. He eventually reaches the point where he just stops talking and starts to cry out, sounding like a terrified animal or kid, [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness made even worse by the fact Rocket almost never shows fear like this]].

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*** Thor's ''movements'' during the scene are genuinely terrifying to watch, punctuating how '''''pissed''''' he is with the Mad Titan. He crashes straight into Thanos' hut and immediately '''severs''' his arm, causing Thanos to scream even louder than when Stormbreaker was shoved into his chest. He stands silently hearing his spiel about the Stones' destruction...and then finally, Thor, in absolute rage, slices Thanos's head clean off.
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that he isn't disturbed by such.
** Before the Avengers actually manage to find Thanos at the Garden, they spend the entire time looking for him via ''any means possible''. Steve even presses Tony for any clues Thanos may have given him during their fight. If you think about it from the remaining Avengers' perspective (with the exception of Tony's because he absolutely wants nothing to do with Thanos anymore after nearly getting killed), the mere thought of a near-omnipotent madman just roaming around doing God-knows-what somewhere in the universe is frightening enough that they are willing to instantly jump at any info about Thanos' whereabouts. Even worse is the possibility of Thanos coming back to Earth with his entire army brought back using the Infinity Gauntlet and deciding to finish the job. Even with Captain Marvel on their side, the Avengers know that they lack too much manpower to mount a proper defense so they decide to ambush Thanos. This conversation between Natasha and Steve sums up the desperation everyone feels as they go to what they felt was a SuicideMission:
--->'''Natasha:''' [Ambushing Thanos] is going to work, Steve.\\
'''Steve:''' I know it will... because I don't know what I will do if it doesn't.
*** Even given [[AssholeVictim who the target was and what he had just accomplished]], the whole assault against Thanos and his death [[CurbStompBattle is as brutal as it is cathartic]]. Once they find Thanos (albeit weaker than before), the Avengers sent there for the ambush [[LightningBruiser proceed to effectively crush him in just a few minutes]], highlighted by the fact that Thanos didn't try to throw a punch back. It really cemented that the remaining Avengers had practically nothing else to lose by that point and were willing to do ''[[GodzillaThreshold anything]]'' to at least get something out of their loss, if not save everybody that Thanos snapped. Rhodey especially hits it home with his suggestion of [[HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct killing Thanos as a baby]] when they figure out time travel (although [[EverybodyHasStandards Bruce's reactions]] to that suggestion helped frame it in a [[BlackComedy comically dark]] context).

* Think about Scott Lang for a moment. He gets pulled out of the Quantum Realm by a rat randomly hitting the button needed to pull him back. [[YearOutsideHourInside From his perception, he was gone for only five hours. When he gets back, he learns that five years have passed]]...and the world has lost half its population, including the Pyms and the Wombats. Scott Lang finds himself in a BadFuture that few can dream of. The fact that he didn't fall into a HeroicBSOD from sheer horror is phenomenal.
** He finds a memorial to "The Vanished" and frantically searches it while uttering a RapidFireNo, hoping not to see Cassie's name. Her name isn't there, but another one is: '''His own'''. His little girl thinks her father, her hero, has been dead for five years... and Scott has missed five years of his beloved daughter's life.
** Cassie and Scott are both visibly shaken when they see each other again. It takes him a while to realize this strange teenage girl is Cassie, and she's doubting her eyes as she tries to fathom how her father's return is even possible. Look at her body language; you get the sense she's expecting this to be some cruel trick. It's basically a fulfillment of Hope's AdultFear moment in ''Film/AntManAndTheWasp''; after all this time, would a parent and child even recognize each other?

* Everything about Nebula's terrible experience in the past. While everyone else (but Clint and Nat) get adventures in the past that are either lighthearted, fun, or heartwarming in some way or another, Nebula's takes a deep turn into misery when Thanos finds out what the Avengers are up to. It says a lot that Nebula, usually unflappable and emotionless, reacts with ''unbridled terror'' upon realizing that he's cottoning on. We once again see how he treats his so-called children: He ''tortures'' Past Nebula in order to figure out what appears to be nothing but a simple glitch. And her own past self, desperate for her father's recognition, brutalizes and nearly kills her in turn...and can't even break free even when it's clear on some level she wants to. As Nebula isn't one of the primary Avengers, the whole sequence comes with the very real fear that she's about to be killed at any moment, especially when Thanos decides to do what was very nearly a KillAndReplace to sabotage the Avengers' efforts.
** The bookends of the segment really sell it. Nebula begins it by desperately trying to warn everyone that Thanos is aware of what's going on, but fails. It ends with her captured and [[AloneWithThePsycho her psychopathic past self heading to the future in her stead]] with her unable to do anything but beg Past Gamora to stop it from happening.

* Think about the Battle of New York in the new timeline, from the point of view of the original Avengers of that period. The battle is won, Loki is in custody, and the Tesseract and the Scepter are being taken away. Then, suddenly, Tony has a heart attack and, in the confusion, Loki grabs the Tesseract and teleports away while, as far as they can tell, someone who may be Loki or an unknown third party impersonates Captain America and tricks S.H.I.E.L.D. into giving him the Scepter. Also keep in mind Loki's objective was to get the Tesseract to Thanos and he's probably going to go deliver it now, and the HYDRA agents inside S.H.I.E.L.D. briefly think Steve Rogers has joined them (though in after-action reports, they'll probably deduce it was Loki). Whatever is going to happen in the future of this timeline, it can't be good.
** The heart attack becomes worse when you remember that Tony already had a near-death experience just about an hour ago. The others might be worried if it's a side effect of whatever happened to him in space.
** The time for Scott and Tony between when Loki teleports and Tony figures out another time to take the Tesseract must have been a nightmare. Everything up to this moment said everyone had one shot at this and they missed. Even worse, Tony -- the one who took the responsibility of protecting the Earth from Thanos the most personally -- has now failed in what is most likely their last chance. Itís a worst case scenario made real.

* Remember wincing at seeing Gamora's corpse at the bottom of Vormir after Thanos sacrifices her for the Soul Stone during ''Infinity War''? Now you get to see that all over again...but with longtime Avenger Natasha/Black Widow instead. That also comes with the bonus of the blood spatter on the rocks around Natasha's head ''not'' being AlienBlood as it was with Gamora. All of this after seeing Natasha and Clint effectively having a skirmish of who would ''[[HeroicSacrifice sacrifice themselves]] [[MoreExpendableThanYou first]]'' so the other could leave with the stone.
** Natasha's death also serves as a explicit confirmation about what is easily the most harrowing things about the Soul Stone: a sacrifice for the stone is a ''permanent'' exchange. Anyone whose soul is given up for the stone [[KilledOffForReal cannot be brought back]], ''even'' with all
full use of the Infinity Stones in tow. Banner intones with regret near exerts on their wearer involves a fair amount of BodyHorror. Thanos' appearance since the end events of the film that when he used the stones to revive everyone Thanos erased, he tried bringing Natasha back as well, but to no avail. By the same token, the Gamora that now exists in the prime timeline is a different Gamora from the past that does not know any of the Guardians. The Gamora that previously existed in this timeline and was sacrificed by Thanos for the Soul Stone is still dead, and it's only through Past Thanos taking Past Gamora with him into the present that ''any'' Gamora exists in this timeline at all.

* The full extent of the damage that the Infinity Stones exert on its wearer, when used all at once, is shown. The initial surge of radiation upon the Stones ingratiating with the wielder causes Hulk to ''double over in pain''. He survives activating due to the radiation already in his body, though it costs him the use of his hand; even at the end of the movie, his arm
''Infinity War'', who is shown in a sling, indicating that to have most of the damage caused might be permanent. Tony's use left half of it, while being a normal human, is what causes his [[CharacterDeath death]]: After donning it, he only has enough strength to speak his PreMortemOneLiner, while after activating it, he dies where he stands, with his final word being a barely-audible "Pepper".
**
body ''singed'', greatly resembling Two-Face in ''Film/TheDarkKnight''. As Tony wields the Stones, you can actually see the energies tearing through his armor. After his snap, his body is so badly damaged, his ear has burned off. And Tony, one of the most notorious {{Motor Mouth}}s in movie history, can't even speak to Rhodey or Peter when the two discover his damaged state.
** Thanos' Two-Face appearance as mentioned above. His final appearance is made all the more damning in that unlike the two human Avengers utilizing a high-tech gauntlet solution, he was a Titan with a gauntlet ''specifically forged'' to handle the use of the stones.
state.

* The MoodWhiplash after the successful snap back, Clint getting a call from his wife, Scott admiring some birds seemingly returned in one of the compound's gardens...and then a wounded Bruce [[OhCrap looks up and sees the shadow of the ''Sanctuary II'' opening fire]]...
**
In the immediate aftermath of Thanos' bombardment of the compound, the explosion has trapped Banner (who's effectively down an arm due to using the Gauntlet), Rhodey (who is paraplegic and now stripped of his mechanical leg braces), Banner, Rhodey, and Rocket (who, despite his enhancements, is [[FurryReminder still a raccoon]] and physically pretty weak) under tons of rubble as water from the river pours in. For anyone suffering from claustrophobia and/or hydrophobia, it's a terrifying sequence. Rocket, in particular, is freaking out. He eventually reaches the point where he just stops talking and starts to cry out, sounding like a terrified animal or kid, [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness made even worse by the fact Rocket almost never shows fear like this]].



* Immediately after this, Clint has been knocked somewhere into the ruined bowels of the Avengers' base along with the Infinity Gauntlet. He seems fine, picks up the Gauntlet, and prepares to find a way out. Then he fires a light arrow at the darkness behind him, [[JumpScare revealing a pack of Thanos' Outriders]] charging him, out for blood. The cramped setting, red lighting, and snarling monsters evokes images of ''{{Film/Aliens}}''.

* Spider-Man going all-out and activating Instant Kill Mode turns him into an eight-legged whirlwind of death, stabbing Outriders to death with his mechanical arms almost faster than the eye can see, complete with GlowingEyesOfDoom. One shudders to think what such a function could be used for if not facing an enemy as monstrous as Thanos and his armies...
** Moreover, one wonders what Tony was ''expecting'' Peter - sweet, well-meaning, innocent Peter - to wind up going up against someday, that he equipped the kid's suit to do something like ''that''. You've gotta suspect Stark was '''still''' suffering those dream-flashbacks to battles past, against Chitauri and Ultron-drones and who-knows-what else, when he designed Kill Mode.

* Doctor Strange being CreepyGood in the Marvel Universe has always been constant, but his role in Tony's death makes him a good bit scary. The shot of Tony staring at Strange just before he marches at Thanos to switch the Infinity Stones, especially the ominous image of him raising that finger, signaling to Tony about what he should do and the fact that he had seen this come to pass, makes him look like the Angel of Death stringing Tony along to his final fate.
** Made even worse by his completely blank face at Tony's funeral. His 1/14,000,000+ odds of defeating Thanos depended on manipulating two good people into making {{Heroic Suicide}}s, the latter of which played out right in front of him. This is almost definitely a reflection of the guilt that entails, but it doesn't make his stoicism look any more comforting.
** And remember his minor HeroicBSOD in [[Film/DoctorStrange2016 his own film]]? "It's not Mister Strange, it's not Master Strange; it's ''Doctor'' Strange! I swore an oath to do no harm and I've just '''killed a man'''! I'm ''not'' doing that again." Strange may not have killed Tony or Natasha, but he arranged a situation where their fates were the only option.

* Thanos's ever-so-casual admission that, due to the Avengers refusing to accept the loss of half of all life in the universe, he has decided to do the facile act of ''destroying '''all''' of the universe and making it anew'' just so, that way, there will be no one left to remember the old one, and the new universe will believe that TheExtremistWasRight all along. It goes to show that Thanos may bill himself as a WellIntentionedExtremist, but in reality, [[CantTakeCriticism he simply cannot accept that his methods are completely twisted and wrong]] [[NotSoWellIntentionedExtremist and just doesn't really want to save the universe]] [[AGodAmI as much as he seeks admiration from, and control over, all life]].
-->'''Thanos:''' [[HeroicBSOD You could not live with your own failure.]] Where did that bring you? [[HereWeGoAgain Back to me]]. [[InsaneTrollLogic I thought by eliminating half of life, the other half would thrive.]] But you've shown me; [[RealityEnsues that's impossible]]. And as long as there are those who remember what was, [[DespairEventHorizon there will always be those that are unable to accept what can be.]] They will resist.\\
'''Iron Man:''' [[{{Determinator}} Yep, we're all kinds of stubborn.]]\\
'''Thanos:''' I'm thankful. Because now, [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope I know what I must do.]] [[ApocalypseHow/ClassX4 I will... shred this universe down to its last atom]]. And then, with the stones you collected for me, [[RestartTheWorld create a new one.]] [[InTheirOwnImage Teeming with life]], [[RoseTintedNarrative that knows not what it has lost,]] [[HistoricalHeroUpgrade but only what it has been given.]] [[PropagandaMachine A grateful universe.]]\\
'''Captain America:''' [[OmnicidalManiac Born out of blood.]]\\
'''Thanos:''' [[TheGreatestStoryNeverTold They'll never know it.]] [[WrittenByTheWinners Because you won't be alive to tell them.]]
** He even also admits that he has grown to despise Earth simply because of the Avengers' efforts to stop him, going into BrutalHonesty mode and saying that he will take great pleasure in annihilating the planet. This is the true Mad Titan, folks. ''This'' is the beast hiding behind a well-meaning mask. He may not be lusting after Death herself like he does in the comics, but this is worse. He is lusting after Death not as a person, but as a ''concept''.
--->'''Thanos:''' In all my years of [[GalacticConquerer conquest]], [[BloodKnight violence]], [[OmnicidalManiac slaughter]], [[NothingPersonal it was never personal]]. But I'll tell you now, what I'm about to do to your [[InsignificantLittleBluePlanet stubborn, annoying little planet...]] [[KillEmAll I'm gonna enjoy it]]. Very, very much.
** Cue Thanos summoning the entirety of his army to the present time, as they envelop the battlefield and all swarming over Cap alone. The scene seems so purely hopeless, it almost seems like the Devil himself and his demons are infesting the planet. It is also made to make viewers cry as there could be no heroes left.

* Something that's not often talked about is how Thanos switches to BerserkerRage when beating the Avengers. We're so used to seeing Thanos being AffablyEvil that it's jarring to see him just wailing on Steve, managing to hack his iconic shield to pieces with his sword and previously throwing Tony in front of Mjolnir like a rag doll. If it wasn't for Doctor Strange and his sorcerer allies bringing in the cavalry, the Avengers would have been done for. It then happens again when he's up against Carol Danvers, where he manages to hold his own against her.
** Coupled with his darkly calm threat to obliterate all of Earth, and his earlier NoHoldsBarredBeatdown on the Avengers, it is very apparent that Thanos has forgone any means of just toying around with his enemies and is now entirely focused on '''''mass genocide.'''''
** Keep this in mind, Carol's power comes from the Space Stone and it's how she's able to withstand a headbutt from the Mad Titan. Thanos manages to grab the Power Stone, which burns itself into his hand, and smack her halfway across the battlefield ''with one punch''.
*** Carol's DeathGlare when Thanos headbutts her is absolutely ''terrifying''. It basically says, "You are going to die, '''and I'm going to enjoy it'''."
** It's also worth noting that Thanos was easily throttling Thor, who had '''[[DualWielding both]] [[InfinityPlusOneSword Mjolnir and Stormbreaker]]''' on hand this time around. Granted, Thor was [[FormerlyFit significantly out of shape]] and out of practice over the preceding five years, but he was still easily the most powerful Avenger there until Doctor Strange and Carol returned. Had he been in a more pristine form and full of cold rage like he was during the battle at Wakanda and during the first ambush on Titan, it would had been a much more even fight.
*** Thanos gets to push Stormbreaker into ''Thor'''s chest this time, where you can actually see the blade come very slowly, and ''very dangerously'' close to piercing his flesh. The Mad Titan wears an absolutely terrifying SlasherSmile during the act.

* Remember how nasty the hallucinations were that Wanda inflicted on the Avengers in ''Age of Ultron''? Thanos may have been '''lucky''' that she was in such a white-hot fury when she went up against him, because if she'd ''taken her time'', she could've probably dug up something ''really'' nasty to conjure up in his head...

* Speaking of Wanda, on the verge of being overwhelmed by her, Thanos orders the ''Sanctuary II'' to open fire on the battlefield, heedless of the casualties it will wreak on his own forces if it buys him some breathing room. It says a lot that even Thanos's own lieutenants are [[EvenEvilHasStandards stunned]] by [[BadBoss their master's actions]].
-->'''Thanos:''' Rain fire!\\
'''Corvus Glaive:''' ''[shocked]'' But sire, our troops--!\\
'''Thanos:''' JUST DO IT!

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* Immediately after this, Clint has been knocked somewhere into the ruined bowels of the Avengers' base along with the Infinity Gauntlet. He seems fine, picks up the Gauntlet, and prepares to find a way out. Then he fires a light arrow at the darkness behind him, [[JumpScare revealing a pack of Thanos' Outriders]] charging him, out for blood. The cramped setting, red lighting, and snarling monsters evokes images of ''{{Film/Aliens}}''.

* Spider-Man going all-out and activating Instant Kill Mode turns him into an eight-legged whirlwind of death, stabbing Outriders to death with his mechanical arms almost faster than
''{{Film/Aliens}}'' as well as the eye can see, complete with GlowingEyesOfDoom. One shudders to think what such a function could be used for if not facing an enemy as monstrous as Thanos and his armies...
** Moreover, one wonders what Tony was ''expecting'' Peter - sweet, well-meaning, innocent Peter - to wind up going up against someday,
scares that he equipped the kid's suit to do something like ''that''. You've gotta suspect Stark was '''still''' suffering those dream-flashbacks to battles past, against Chitauri and Ultron-drones and who-knows-what else, when he designed Kill Mode.

* Doctor Strange being CreepyGood in the Marvel Universe has always been constant, but his role in Tony's death makes him a good bit scary. The shot of Tony staring at Strange just before he marches at Thanos to switch the Infinity Stones, especially the ominous image of him raising that finger, signaling to Tony about what he should do and the fact that he had seen this come to pass, makes him look like the Angel of Death stringing Tony along to his final fate.
** Made even worse by his completely blank face at Tony's funeral. His 1/14,000,000+ odds of defeating Thanos depended on manipulating two good people into making {{Heroic Suicide}}s, the latter of which played out right in front of him. This is almost definitely a reflection of the guilt that entails, but it doesn't make his stoicism look any more comforting.
** And remember his minor HeroicBSOD in [[Film/DoctorStrange2016 his own film]]? "It's not Mister Strange, it's not Master Strange; it's ''Doctor'' Strange! I swore an oath to do no harm and I've just '''killed a man'''! I'm ''not'' doing that again." Strange may not have killed Tony or Natasha, but he arranged a situation where their fates were the only option.

* Thanos's ever-so-casual admission that, due to the Avengers refusing to accept the loss of half of all life in the universe, he has decided to do the facile act of ''destroying '''all''' of the universe and making it anew'' just so, that way, there will be no one left to remember the old one, and the new universe will believe that TheExtremistWasRight all along. It goes to show that Thanos may bill himself as a WellIntentionedExtremist, but in reality, [[CantTakeCriticism he simply cannot accept that his methods are completely twisted and wrong]] [[NotSoWellIntentionedExtremist and just doesn't really want to save the universe]] [[AGodAmI as much as he seeks admiration from, and control over, all life]].
-->'''Thanos:''' [[HeroicBSOD You could not live with your own failure.]] Where did that bring you? [[HereWeGoAgain Back to me]]. [[InsaneTrollLogic I thought by eliminating half of life, the other half would thrive.]] But you've shown me; [[RealityEnsues that's impossible]]. And as long as there are those who remember what was, [[DespairEventHorizon there will always be those that are unable to accept what can be.]] They will resist.\\
'''Iron Man:''' [[{{Determinator}} Yep, we're all kinds of stubborn.]]\\
'''Thanos:''' I'm thankful. Because now, [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope I know what I must do.]] [[ApocalypseHow/ClassX4 I will... shred this universe down to its last atom]]. And then, with the stones you collected for me, [[RestartTheWorld create a new one.]] [[InTheirOwnImage Teeming with life]], [[RoseTintedNarrative that knows not what it has lost,]] [[HistoricalHeroUpgrade but only what it has been given.]] [[PropagandaMachine A grateful universe.]]\\
'''Captain America:''' [[OmnicidalManiac Born out of blood.]]\\
'''Thanos:''' [[TheGreatestStoryNeverTold They'll never know it.]] [[WrittenByTheWinners Because you won't be alive to tell them.]]
** He even also admits that he has grown to despise Earth simply because of the Avengers' efforts to stop him, going into BrutalHonesty mode and saying that he will take great pleasure in annihilating the planet. This is the true Mad Titan, folks. ''This'' is the beast hiding behind a well-meaning mask. He may not be lusting after Death herself like he does in the comics, but this is worse. He is lusting after Death not as a person, but as a ''concept''.
--->'''Thanos:''' In all my years of [[GalacticConquerer conquest]], [[BloodKnight violence]], [[OmnicidalManiac slaughter]], [[NothingPersonal it was never personal]]. But I'll tell you now, what I'm about to do to your [[InsignificantLittleBluePlanet stubborn, annoying little planet...]] [[KillEmAll I'm gonna enjoy it]]. Very, very much.
** Cue Thanos summoning the entirety of his army to the present time, as they envelop the battlefield and all swarming over Cap alone. The scene seems so purely hopeless, it almost seems like the Devil himself and his demons are infesting the planet. It is also made to make viewers cry as there could be no heroes left.

* Something that's not often talked about is how Thanos switches to BerserkerRage when beating the Avengers. We're so used to seeing Thanos being AffablyEvil that it's jarring to see him just wailing on Steve, managing to hack his iconic shield to pieces with his sword and previously throwing Tony in front of Mjolnir like a rag doll. If it wasn't for Doctor Strange and his sorcerer allies bringing in the cavalry, the Avengers would have been done for. It then happens again when he's up against Carol Danvers, where he manages to hold his own against her.
** Coupled with his darkly calm threat to obliterate all of Earth, and his earlier NoHoldsBarredBeatdown on the Avengers, it is very apparent that Thanos has forgone any means of just toying around with his enemies and is now entirely focused on '''''mass genocide.'''''
** Keep this in mind, Carol's power comes from the Space Stone and it's how she's able to withstand a headbutt from the Mad Titan. Thanos manages to grab the Power Stone, which burns itself into his hand, and smack her halfway across the battlefield ''with one punch''.
*** Carol's DeathGlare when Thanos headbutts her is absolutely ''terrifying''. It basically says, "You are going to die, '''and I'm going to enjoy it'''."
** It's also worth noting that Thanos was easily throttling Thor, who had '''[[DualWielding both]] [[InfinityPlusOneSword Mjolnir and Stormbreaker]]''' on hand this time around. Granted, Thor was [[FormerlyFit significantly out of shape]] and out of practice over the preceding five years, but he was still easily the most powerful Avenger there until Doctor Strange and Carol returned. Had he been in a more pristine form and full of cold rage like he was during the battle at Wakanda and during the first ambush on Titan, it would had been a much more even fight.
*** Thanos gets to push Stormbreaker into ''Thor'''s chest this time, where you can actually see the blade come very slowly, and ''very dangerously'' close to piercing his flesh. The Mad Titan wears an absolutely terrifying SlasherSmile during the act.

* Remember how nasty the hallucinations were that Wanda inflicted on the Avengers in ''Age of Ultron''? Thanos may have been '''lucky''' that she was in such a white-hot fury when she went up against him, because if she'd ''taken her time'', she could've probably dug up something ''really'' nasty to conjure up in his head...

* Speaking of Wanda, on the verge of being overwhelmed by her, Thanos orders the ''Sanctuary II'' to open fire on the battlefield, heedless of the casualties it will wreak on his own forces if it buys him some breathing room. It says a lot that even Thanos's own lieutenants are [[EvenEvilHasStandards stunned]] by [[BadBoss their master's actions]].
-->'''Thanos:''' Rain fire!\\
'''Corvus Glaive:''' ''[shocked]'' But sire, our troops--!\\
'''Thanos:''' JUST DO IT!
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