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* Let's start with the plot of the movies themselves: A GalacticConqueror goes on a rampage across the galaxy looking for [[ArtifactOfDoom extremely powerful artifacts]] that would grant him [[TheOmnipotent control over reality, space, time, souls, minds, and power]], and the heroes of the MCU are too divided and powerless to stop him.
* At one point, Mantis remarks "Death follows him like a shadow", which could, in the context of the MCU, refer to death the phenomenon or TheGrimReaper ''herself''. In any case, it looks like Thanos is going to make good on his threat to make the universe "long for something as sweet as pain".
* At one point, Thanos grabs Thor by the head. The fact that Thanos is ''literally more powerful than a PhysicalGod'' -- '''without''' the Infinity Gauntlet -- is quite frightening in and of itself. Especially considering this takes place ''[[Film/ThorRagnarok after Thor became more powerful]].'' '''This effectively makes Thanos at least as strong as Hela before he has the Infinity Stones!'''
* There's also a moment where you see Loki holding out the Tesseract to someone off-screen (presumably Thanos) with a look of utter fear on his face, inferring the likely possibility Loki is offering the Tesseract in exchange for his life over his previous failure to acquire it. Before that, we see Ebony Maw stepping over a mass of dead people, some of whom were seen as background characters in ''Ragnarok''. That and Loki's beaten up appearance [[HappyEndingOverride promise nothing good for the people of Asgard]]. A shot from the second trailer shows Loki being held at spearpoint by the Black Order. And they absolutely tower him, despite him being 6' 2'' (1.88m) tall.
* The statues of the Children of Thanos might be a little unsettling, with their [[LooksLikeCesare pale, gaunt appearances]] and weaponry.
* One example would be the involvement of ComicBook/SpiderMan. Sure, while it might be awesome seeing Spidey helping the Avengers and Guardians fight Thanos, remember this: he's roughly ''[[AdultFear sixteen years old]]'' during the events of these movies and he is fighting an omnipotent GalacticConqueror from another planet.
** Illustrated in the trailer when ''[[https://78.media.tumblr.com/82472d9f91feaabf8e38fa72a4756395/tumblr_p06n7oPUsT1v1qzojo1_540.gif Thanos himself pins Peter to the ground!]]''.
** One scene in the Superbowl TV spot shows Peter on the circle, presumably attempting to stop it, ''from an overhead perspective looking down''. He is about ''[[https://www.reddit.com/r/marvelstudios/comments/7vecxn/got_my_bro_to_roughly_calculate_how_high_spidey_is/?ref=share&ref_source=link 20km (12.4 miles)]]'' high! The idea of a teenager at that high an altitude alone could give one the shivers. He then takes his mask off and is shown ''struggling to breathe''.
*** And as revealed in [[https://youtu.be/J7uCLLgReA4 the latest TV spot]], Peter ''falls from the circle.''
* Finally, in one scene Thanos throws ''an entire planet'' at our heroes. Yikes. Before doing so, Thanos says the following:
-->'''Thanos:''' [[EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor Fun isn't something one considers when balancing the universe. But this... does put a smile on my face.]]
** The officially-released trailer adds a brief EvilLaugh in the middle of that line, reinforcing the fact that, yeah, slaughtering people and crushing heroes is Thanos' idea of ''fun.''
* The Outriders, Thanos' new footsoldiers, look even more horrifying than the Chitauri and Sakaaran {{mook}}s from previous movies. They are large, four-armed reptilian monstrosities that tower over normal humans and they are very ''numerous'', so much so they appear to [[ZergRush overwhelm the Wakandans with their sheer numbers.]] The second trailer shows them overwhelming the '''Hulkbuster!'''
* One part of the trailer features Corvus Glaive trying to forcibly gouge the Mind Stone right out of Vision's forehead with his weapon. Poor Vision is screaming in pain and looks as if he can't do a thing to stop it.
* More of a FreezeFrameBonus, but at one point in the first official trailer, after a clip of him adding the blue Space Stone to the Gauntlet, Thanos holds up his hand to show off the two Stones he has obtained by that point. What's the color of the other Stone he holds? It's '''[[OhCrap purple]]''' -- meaning Thanos has, by that point, already taken the Power Stone and dealt a CurbStompBattle to the Nova Corps [[ActionPrologue earlier in the movie]] or [[KilledOffscreen offscreen entirely]]. And knowing the capabilities that the Power Stone displayed in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', it's quite possible that Thanos finished what Ronan started, and [[EarthShatteringKaboom destroyed Xandar entirely]] when he was finished with his assault. In fact, the devastation Guardians see in the bootlegged Comic-Con trailer may very well be debris of Xandar, completely obliterated...
** You can also see Thanos inserting the Space Gem into the Gauntlet... with his bare fingers. This is an artifact that can and has atomized anybody who touches it without special protection, and Thanos handles it like he was arranging flowers.
** As if that wasn't enough, a new image has surfaced with Thanos appearing to [[https://ewedit.files.wordpress.com/2018/03/2736823613917489.jpg?w=669 grasp a nearby moon]]...and anyone who has seen the D23 trailer knows ''exactly'' [[ColonyDrop what happens next.]]
** Even worse is the context. This is after the heroes manage to restrain Thanos and nearly remove the Infinity Gauntlet; until Star-Lord attacks him out of grief-stricken rage over learning about Gamora's death. After Thanos breaks free as a result, he is clearly and extremely '''''[[UnstoppableRage livid]].''''' He only has ''four stones'' at this point; and it is enough to throw the moon at the planet; and also subsequently '''devastate''' his opponents as brutally as possible. Thanos' power knows no equal.
* The mood of almost the entire trailer is this. The Avengers and the heroes of the MCU have fought off [[Film/TheAvengers2012 aliens]], [[Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy genocidal warlords]], [[Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron killer robots]], [[Film/DoctorStrange2016 extradimensional terrors]], [[Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2 Celestials]] and even [[Film/ThorRagnarok The Goddess of Death]], but the trailer goes out of its way to make it clear that to Thanos and the power of the Infinity Stones, they are nothing but minor nuisances to him.
** The first part of the trailer is especially scary. All we see is a completely terrified Tony, who has in fact called Cap, likewise terrified and heartbroken looking Banner, distressed Strange and Wong, all acting as if something extremely scary is outside the Sanctum. When they leave the Sanctum it appears to be something in the sky... and Peter's Spider-Sense warns him of something -- a mechanical circle hovering in the sky. [[NothingIsScarier And we don't see it do anything... what IS that thing which scares some of the most powerful superheroes on Earth so much?]]
** Look very closely after the circle is revealed. One shot reveals it ''slowly pulling buildings apart''.
* In a recent interview, Mark Ruffalo revealed that Banner is ''terrified'' of Thanos with The Hulk [[WorthyOpponent being impressed]] by him. Considering that the Incredible Hulk has given a CurbstompBattle to everyone minus Thor, the Hulkbuster, [[Film/ThorRagnarok Fenris]] and [[Film/TheIncredibleHulk Abomination]], that should say a lot.
** One of the clips released shows this fear up close. The desperation and sheer ''terror'' on Banner's face as he warns Stark about Thanos [[https://youtu.be/GY5w4P5oo00 has to be seen to be believed]].
--->'''Stark:''' Tell me his name again.\\
'''Banner:''' ''Thanos.'' He's a plague, Tony. He invades planets, he takes what he wants, he wipes out half the population! ''He sent Loki!'' [[Film/TheAvengers2012 The attack on New York]], that's ''him!''
* The second trailer has something truly chilling: Ebony Maw [[ColdBloodedTorture torturing]] Doctor Strange. Keep in mind, Strange was able to endure millennia of torment at the hands of [[Film/DoctorStrange2016 Dormammu without even breaking once]]. Yet Thanos and Ebony Maw are able to make the good Doctor ''scream''! Strange may be used to pain, but what the Other told Loki [[Film/TheAvengers2012 all those years ago]] was no idle boast: Thanos can go so much further than pain. Said method of torture is quite disturbing as well, Ebony Maw piercing Strange through the body and skull with what appear to be long, crystalline needles. Ebony Maw's whole appearance is very frightening, with his gaunt, wrinkled skin and his scanty half-bald head. At one point we see him shushing someone while wearing a [[SlasherSmile sadistic smile]] and the background makes it look as if the scene takes place during Thanos's confrontation of the Asgardians.
* The scene where Gamora says Thanos' name is scary in just the way she says her adoptive father's name: with dread and fear. With very good reason, too, as the second trailer reveals Thanos taking young Gamora's hand while his guards keep the Zehoberi people held back. And then you remember that Thanos didn't just kill Gamora's parents, '''he killed half of her species.'''
* A scene in the trailer shows Captain America, who might be the last Avenger left standing, confronting Thanos. Thanos attacks and Cap blocks with all his might, both arms struggling against Thanos. Meanwhile, the Mad Titan is barely putting in any effort and seems more amused than anything at Cap's resistance.
* The "Chant" TV spot shows the moment Thanos personally arrives in Wakanda. It's cropped off in the Youtube version, but the Twitter version shows that he has the Space, Power, Reality, '''and''' Soul Stones, and possibly the Time Stone. The ''best'' case scenario is that he's missing the Time Stone and Mind Stone, which are all that stand in his way to omnipotence. Worst case scenario: he's only missing the Mind Stone, and this truly is a last stand moment for our heroes.
** Post-release, the latter case ends up being true.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyrQN7Hwb5s A recent TV spot]] opens [[VillainRespect Thanos complimenting the heroes' strength]] before stating that he can [[CessationOfExistence erase them all]] [[BadassFingersnap with a snap of his fingers]].
** This is followed up by this exchange between Doctor Strange and Iron Man about how Strange saw into every possible outcome of the film. Tony asks if they win in any of them.
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* Right off the very bat, the movie starts with a black screen... [[NothingIsScarier in complete silence]]. After a few seconds, the Marvel Studios logo begins, but its usual fanfare is also silent. Then, ominous music becomes audible, followed soon after by a distorted voice. It's a distress call from an Asgardian as everyone else is being ''slaughtered'' by the Black Order.

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* Right off the very bat, the movie starts with a black screen... [[NothingIsScarier in complete silence]]. After a few seconds, the Marvel Studios logo begins, but its usual fanfare is also silent. Then, ominous music becomes audible, followed soon after by a distorted voice. It's a distress call from an Asgardian as everyone else is being ''slaughtered'' slaughtered by the Black Order.



* The Black Order. They may not be as unstoppable as Thanos, but they are equally remorseless and ruthless all the same. In particular is the hulking brute Cull Obsidian, and Ebony Maw with his telekinetic powers, including his (mentioned below and seen above) use of crystal needles against Doctor Strange.
** A quick thing to point out is how... out of place they feel. Sure, it's a comic book superhero movie, but if you put them side by side, the Black Order wouldn't seem so out of place in ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' (Hell, Ebony Maw even [[LeanAndMean lo]][[TheNoseless oks]] and [[NewEraSpeech acts]] like a Water Caste Tau, Corvus Glaive and Proxima Midnight have the look of Dark Eldar or Chaos Champions while the Outriders in general look like [[http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/mediawiki/images/4/4c/GenestealerArt.jpg Genestealers]]).
** During Thanos' massacres of the Zehoberei and the Asgardians, Ebony Maw can be heard speaking over the carnage, giving grand speeches about how the victims ought to be grateful that their lives have been sacrificed for "balance." One of these speeches, as Maw walks among dozens of murdered Asgardians, is the very first line of utterance in the film after the "Marvel Studios" title card. It comes off almost like something out of Jonestown, and makes Thanos's ideology seem much like the death-worship it was in the comics.
* Just the way the first shots of the movie are filmed and the whole situation is revealed to the viewer bit by bit. We see the Asgardian ship getting fired at with its shields failing, and then we cut to [[FeetFirstIntroduction someone's feet]] walking over Asgardian bodies while an ominous voice praises Thanos and declares that the dead should be grateful, until Ebony Maw's face is revealed. You can only ''imagine'' the massive massacre that happened prior to that (though you get hints of it seeing Corvus Glaive prowling amidst the corpses, [[LeaveNoSurvivors finishing off the dying]]). The only Asgardian left standing is Loki, who stares petrified at someone in front of him, who is then revealed to be Thanos, reciting his sympathetic monologue. And then you realize that one of the bodies lying at Thanos' feet is an utterly beaten up Thor, who Thanos picks up by his collar and carries as if he's a small child.
** Thanos' monologue itself counts as well, as he outright compares himself to destiny itself, and [[AGodAmI painting himself as an unstoppable natural force.]]
--->'''Thanos:''' I know what it's like to lose. To ''feel'' so desperately that you're right, yet to fail nonetheless. It's frightening, turns the legs to jelly. I ask you, to what end? Dread it. Run from it. Destiny arrives all the same. And now it's here. Or should I say, '''''I am'''''.\\
''[shows a PsychoticSmirk as he reveals the Power Stone, already installed in the Infinity Gauntlet]''
* The way Thanos forces Loki to hand over the Tesseract; pressing the Power Stone to the side of Thor's head and just leaving it there, making Loki watch as it begins to steadily, painfully burn Thor alive like it did to the Collector’s servant girl back in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', heck Thor's skull begins to glow under the outburst of energy. No wonder Loki caves in.
** What really sells it are Thor's screams. Now, when was the last time ''the strongest Avenger'' screamed his lungs out in pain?
* The fight between Thanos and the Hulk... if one can even call it a fight. At first, Hulk tears into the Mad Titan, pummeling him at full force, [[HopeSpot looking like he might win... and then Thanos starts fighting back.]] His strength proves to match if not surpass the Hulk's and with his superior combat skill, '''''[[CurbStompBattle he absolutely wrecks him]]'''''.
** The Black Order don't even need to raise a finger, with Maw telling them to "let him have his fun." In other words, the Hulk never even stood a chance. This is the first time he has ever been so badly beaten.
** Thor tries to attack Thanos with a piece of debris, but has no effect on him.
* The moment when Thanos shatters the Tesseract cube with one hand to obtain the Space Stone. The casual way he does it is chilling, as is the pervasive boom as it breaks.
* Loki's death is horrifying. He pretends to side with Thanos to get close enough to stab him, but Thanos is prepared. He stops Loki's arm holding the dagger with the Space Stone and then effortlessly [[NeckLift lifts Loki up by his throat]] with the hand that's wearing the Infinity Gauntlet and squeezes, with Loki desperately struggling against the grip, until his eyes start to become bloodshot and bulge out. And then he snaps his neck with a SickeningCrunch while [[PsychoticSmirk smirking sadistically]] and drops his body in front of Thor, who is restrained and can do nothing but watch. The strangulation before the neck snap is drawn out, with a good look at his kicking legs and his bloated face before it's over. It truly looks like an execution and might be the most realistically graphic and brutal death in the MCU so far. It's actually surprising that the death itself didn't give the film an R rating.
-->'''Thanos:''' [[DeaderThanDead No resurrections this time.]]
** Look closely at Loki's face after he dies (if you have the stomach for it). His face isn't just bloated. Thanos strangled him with enough force to ''break blood capillaries in his face''. And it gets worse. If you look at the ''exact'' moment Thanos snaps Loki's neck, [[BloodFromEveryOrifice blood begins to drip from his mouth, nose and eyes]].
* For a more psychological kind of horror, the heroes spend most of the film knowing that once Thanos gets all the Stones, he can kill any of them without even being present. They don't know how far he's gotten or what he's doing unless he's right in front of them, and Tony and Steve's teams spend the movie with no idea what, if anything, the other one is doing. The team going to Nidavellir probably has it the worst, because they don't have any of the Stones with them, and have no idea what's going on anywhere else. For all they know, they could all ''die'' at any moment during their mission.

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* The Black Order. They may not be as unstoppable as Thanos, but they are equally remorseless and ruthless all the same. In particular is the hulking brute Cull Obsidian, and Ebony Maw with his telekinetic powers, including his (mentioned below and seen above) use of crystal needles against Doctor Strange.
** A quick thing to point out is how... out of place they feel. Sure, it's a comic book superhero movie, but if you put them side by side, the Black Order wouldn't seem so out of place in ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' (Hell, Ebony Maw even [[LeanAndMean lo]][[TheNoseless oks]] and [[NewEraSpeech acts]] like a Water Caste Tau, Corvus Glaive and Proxima Midnight have the look of Dark Eldar or Chaos Champions while the Outriders in general look like [[http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/mediawiki/images/4/4c/GenestealerArt.jpg Genestealers]]).
** During Thanos' massacres of the Zehoberei and the Asgardians, Ebony Maw can be heard speaking over the carnage, giving grand speeches about how the victims ought to be grateful that their lives have been sacrificed for "balance." One of these speeches, as Maw walks among dozens of murdered Asgardians, is the very first line of utterance in the film after the "Marvel Studios" title card. It comes off almost like something out of Jonestown, and makes Thanos's ideology seem much like the death-worship it was in the comics.
* Just the
way the first shots of the movie are filmed and the whole situation is revealed to the viewer bit by bit.bit is also quite tense. We see the Asgardian ship getting fired at with its shields failing, and then we cut to [[FeetFirstIntroduction someone's feet]] walking over Asgardian bodies while an ominous voice praises Thanos and declares that the dead should be grateful, until Ebony Maw's face is revealed. You can only ''imagine'' the massive massacre that happened prior to that (though you get hints of it seeing Corvus Glaive prowling amidst the corpses, [[LeaveNoSurvivors finishing off the dying]]). The only Asgardian left standing is Loki, who stares petrified at someone in front of him, who is then revealed to be Thanos, reciting his sympathetic monologue. And then you realize that one of the bodies lying at Thanos' feet is an utterly a beaten up Thor, who Thanos picks up by his collar and carries as if he's a small child.
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child.

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Thanos' monologue itself counts as well, as he outright compares himself to destiny itself, massacres of the Zehoberei and [[AGodAmI painting himself as an unstoppable natural force.]]
--->'''Thanos:''' I know what it's like to lose. To ''feel'' so desperately that you're right, yet to fail nonetheless. It's frightening, turns
the legs to jelly. I ask you, to what end? Dread it. Run from it. Destiny arrives all the same. And now it's here. Or should I say, '''''I am'''''.\\
''[shows a PsychoticSmirk as he reveals the Power Stone, already installed in the Infinity Gauntlet]''
* The way Thanos forces Loki to hand
Asgardians, Ebony Maw can be heard speaking over the Tesseract; pressing carnage, giving grand speeches about how the Power Stone victims ought to the side of Thor's head and just leaving it there, making Loki watch as it begins to steadily, painfully burn Thor alive like it did to the Collector’s servant girl back in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', heck Thor's skull begins to glow under the outburst of energy. No wonder Loki caves in.
** What really sells it are Thor's screams. Now, when was the last time ''the strongest Avenger'' screamed his lungs out in pain?
* The fight between Thanos and the Hulk... if one can even call it a fight. At first, Hulk tears into the Mad Titan, pummeling him at full force, [[HopeSpot looking like he might win... and then Thanos starts fighting back.]] His strength proves to match if not surpass the Hulk's and with his superior combat skill, '''''[[CurbStompBattle he absolutely wrecks him]]'''''.
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line of debris, but has no effect on him.
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utterance in the Tesseract cube with one hand to obtain film after the Space Stone. The casual way he does it is chilling, as is "Marvel Studios" title card. It comes off almost like something out of Jonestown, and makes Thanos's ideology seem much like the pervasive boom as death-worship it breaks.
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* Loki's death is horrifying. He pretends to side with Thanos to get close enough to stab him, but Thanos is prepared. He stops Loki's arm holding the dagger with the Space Stone and then effortlessly [[NeckLift lifts Loki up by his throat]] with the hand that's wearing the Infinity Gauntlet and squeezes, with Loki desperately struggling against the grip, until his eyes start to become bloodshot and bulge out. And then he snaps his neck with a SickeningCrunch while [[PsychoticSmirk smirking sadistically]] SickeningCrunch, causing [[BloodFromEveryOrifice blood to drip from his mouth, nose and drops his body in front of Thor, who is restrained and can do nothing but watch.eyes]]. The strangulation before the neck snap is drawn out, with a good look at his kicking legs and his bloated face before it's over. It truly looks like an execution and might be the most realistically graphic and brutal death in the MCU so far. It's actually surprising that the death itself didn't give the film an R rating.
-->'''Thanos:''' [[DeaderThanDead No resurrections this time.]]
** Look closely at Loki's face after he dies (if you have the stomach for it). His face isn't just bloated. Thanos strangled him with enough force to ''break blood capillaries in his face''. And it gets worse. If you look at the ''exact'' moment Thanos snaps Loki's neck, [[BloodFromEveryOrifice blood begins to drip from his mouth, nose and eyes]].
* For a more psychological kind of horror, the heroes spend most of the film knowing that once Thanos gets all the Stones, he can kill any of them without even being present. They don't know how far he's gotten or what he's doing unless he's right in front of them, and Tony and Steve's teams spend the movie with no idea what, if anything, the other one is doing. The team going to Nidavellir probably has it the worst, because they don't have any of the Stones with them, and have no idea what's going on anywhere else. For all they know, they could all ''die'' at any moment during their mission.
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* When Peter senses and then sees the ship over New York City, he tells Ned to distract the others so he can slip out unnoticed. Ned sees the ship and immediately starts screaming "We're all gonna die!", alerting the other kids on the bus to the presence of the invaders. Ned isn't just creating a distraction for Peter; he's legitimately, [[OhCrap pants-crappingly]] ''terrified''. And for that matter, so are the other kids, who start screaming in horror at the sight of the ship hovering over NYC.
* Vision getting impaled from behind by Corvus Glaive, [[JumpScare with no warning whatsoever.]]
* The sight of '''dozens''' of Asgardian corpses floating in space when the Guardians arrive by is incredibly unsettling. The Guardians themselves, who were in the midst of arguing over the morality about asking for payments from a ship full of distressed refugees, are stunned into silence once they get there.

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* When Peter senses and then sees the ship over New York City, he tells Ned to distract the others so he can slip out unnoticed. Ned sees the ship and immediately starts screaming "We're all gonna die!", alerting the other kids on the bus to the presence of the invaders. Ned isn't just creating a distraction for Peter; he's legitimately, [[OhCrap pants-crappingly]] ''terrified''. And for that matter, so are the other kids, who start screaming in horror at the sight of the ship hovering over NYC.

* Vision getting impaled from behind by Corvus Glaive, [[JumpScare with no warning whatsoever.]]
* The sight of '''dozens''' of Asgardian corpses floating in space when the Guardians arrive by is incredibly unsettling. The Guardians themselves, who were in the midst of arguing over the morality about asking for payments from a ship full of distressed refugees, are stunned into silence once they get there.
]] You can also hear what sounds like bones breaking.



** Even though the scene where the huge Thanos leads the dainty child Gamora away by the hand ''seems'' cute and touching, it's anything but. With deceptive gentleness, Thanos is leading Gamora away from finding her beloved mother (who will likely ''die'' in the next few minutes if she isn't already dead), away from her life and childhood and innocence, away from her entire world, and into his own darkness. The faux gentleness of the scene between Thanos and Gamora undoubtedly makes it even more chilling. Gamora isn't calling for her mother anymore, but instead Thanos manages to completely distract her with the dagger while half of her people are slaughtered behind her back.
* Though the effects are temporary, Thanos uses the Reality Stone to [[TakenForGranite petrify]] and [[LiterallyShatteredLives dice up]] Drax (who was attacking him) and turn Mantis (who was ''[[KickTheDog just standing there]]'') into [[BodyHorror spools of fleshy]] ([[AndIMustScream and still alive]]) [[BodyHorror threads]].
* The moment when Thanos tells Gamora that he knows that she lied to him about the location of the Soul Stone. She confidently assures that she never found it and apologizes for disappointing him, but Thanos just bows down to her and whispers in her ear that he indeed ''is'' disappointed, but not because she never found it, but because she did and lied to him. His demeanor is [[TranquilFury completely collected]] and Gamora is completely alone with him and at his mercy. At that moment, you really expect anything that Thanos could do to Gamora to make her talk and to punish her for lying.
* After thwarting her attempt on his life, Thanos has been keeping Nebula in a special magnetic torture chamber which simultaneously pulls all the cybernetic parts of herself (read: most of her) in different directions, causing her tremendous amounts of pain. If you look hard enough, ''you can see her brain''. [[note]]And said brain appears to have been divided into two separate pieces, crossways.[[/note]] In order to make Gamora tell him where the Soul Stone is located, Thanos then ''increases'' the force that's ripping Nebula apart at the seams, as Gamora weeps helplessly and her sister shrieks in utter agony.
* Ebony Maw attempts to [[ColdBloodedTorture coerce]] Strange into releasing the spell he has on the Time Stone by drilling a number of crystal needles into his flesh, one at a time, ''slowly.''
** The needles start to glow as they pierce his skin, giving the audience a nice, back-lit view of Strange's veins and arteries as he visibly tries not to scream.
** This, from the hero who'd ''let himself be brutally killed'' so many times to save the universe before, mind you. And now he's going through it all over again, but without even the respite of actually dying.
** Even worse, Maw specifically mentions that the needles were originally tools used for ''microsurgeries''. Given Strange's former profession as a neurosurgeon, the thought of a life-saving medical tool being perverted for use as a torture implement would be some serious psychological warfare alongside the physical pain.
* Nidavellir is such a vast place, but so desolate and lifeless. Once the forge where Mjölnir was built, the star it orbits is dying and its only surviving occupant is Eitri, whom Thanos forced to build the Infinity Gauntlet. Eitri had hoped the dwarves would be spared if he cooperated. The weapon was finished, but Thanos ''killed them all anyway''.
** What's worse is that even though Thanos spares Eitri (presumably as reward for making the gauntlet), he ensures that the dwarf will never be able to make anything that can possibly counter the Infinity Gauntlet by ruining both Eitri's hands. Assuming that Eitri isn't affected by Thanos' culling of the universe, he's basically suffering from a FateWorseThanDeath.
* Seeing what looks like TheGrimReaper seemingly floating towards Thanos and Gamora is enough to make you wonder what fresh hell is coming... and then we see it's the Red Skull. Who has apparently been trapped on Vormir ever since the events of ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' back in the 40s. That's ''70 years'' there... and he hasn't yet managed to escape. How many of those years did he spend in utter isolation, between trips from people seeking the Soul Stone? Why has he never hijacked a visitor's ship or stolen aboard -- is there some kind of spell that prevents him from leaving the Stone? How does he know every detail about his visitors' lives? And just where the hell did that shroud come from? The unanswered questions are almost scarier than his actual appearance.
** Think about this: He's been trapped on Vormir long enough to have lost most, if not all, of his German accent. This, with no one else to talk with, shows he's been conscious the entire time (not like Bucky, who was repeatedly frozen over time).
** Also, [[WordOfGod according to the Russos]], now that Thanos has the Soul Stone, [[OhCrap the Red Skull is free]].
* Gamora's death. She knows it's coming and tries to kill herself to avoid a worse fate, but Thanos prevents it from happening just so he can kill her himself to get the Soul Stone. You can feel her becoming terrified once she realizes Thanos does love her and therefore is ready to kill her, and there's nothing she can do about it.
** Or, rather, that she ''knows'' that Thanos doesn't truly love her - he abused the hell out of her for her entire life, after all - but that he ''believes'' he does. And she knows that he's willing to follow through on that destructive belief.
*** The reality subtext here will make any victim of abuse sick: ''Gamora's fate is shared by far too many abuse victims''. Many live with the fear that their abuser will someday kill them for whatever reason, since an abuser sees their victim's life as belonging to them, like a possession. Gamora winds up experiencing one of an abuse victim's absolute worst fears: '''being murdered by their abuser''' without the opportunity to survive and thrive beyond everything done to them. It's even right down to the reality subtext that women who are murdered by their abusers are more likely to have this happen ''after'' they leave their abusers, which Gamora did - she escaped from Thanos, but he found her again anyway. And that [[AloneWithThePsycho she dies alone with her abuser]] (save for Red Skull, a witness who will not try to save her life) on a lifeless planet, away from everyone and everything she has ever loved makes it '''''that much worse'''''.
** There is also a FreezeFrameBonus on the shot of Gamora's lifeless body on the ground far below. [[AlienBlood A green puddle of blood around her head can be seen.]]
*** There also seem to be different colored stains from dried blood surrounding Gamora's body. Thanos is not the only one who's tried to get the Soul Stone. [[spoiler: After the events of ''Film/AvengersEndgame'', this becomes even more horrifying when we consider ''whose blood'' might well be on those rocks.]]
* Planet Titan itself. When we first see it, it's already a shockingly empty-looking planet that has seen better days, but then Thanos himself shows up on it and shows us what it used to look like. The sheer force of difference between Titan as seen in a flashback -- a [[SceneryPorn lush, beautiful world]] dotted by [[CrystalSpiresAndTogas oddly-shaped but futuristic buildings]] -- and Titan as it exists now -- a [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic]], [[RealIsBrown brown-tinted]], [[RagnarokProofing ruin-filled]] ''[[DeathWorld wasteland]]'' -- is shocking.
* On Titan, Strange uses the Time Stone to try out different battle plans that he, Tony, Peter, and the remaining Guardians can use against Thanos. He burns himself out after living through over ''fourteen million'' scenarios. The number of options they can take where they can "win"? '''''One.''''' And it transpires that Strange wasn't entirely forthcoming as to what a "win" of that type entailed.
** Strange had to watch over ''fourteen million'' potential outcomes of their fight to find the one future in which they actually beat Thanos. ''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis FOURTEEN. MILLION.]]'' Even then, it still requires Thanos acquiring all of the Infinity Stones and killing half the universe. One can only imagine how bad the other fourteen million outcomes are. Hell, it's a wonder Strange is still mentally stable after witnessing all that.
* The Outriders pushing themselves through anything from the Wakandan energy field treats the viewers to a number of severe burnings and mutilations as the horde savagely tears holes through the barrier with the mangled bodies of their fellow soldiers. The look on Okoye's face as she sees this and comments on it really sells how terrifying it is to face an army that '''literally''' has no concept of self-preservation, almost like facing a horde of [[ZombieApocalypse Zombies]].
** Hell, put yourself in the shoes of a Wakandan warrior in that battle. Up until this point, their worst problem would be human invaders which was easily dealt with given Wakanda is the most technologically advanced nation on the planet. This time, they are facing a hell of an OutsideContextProblem -- an army of mindless alien monsters, devoid of mercy, pity or remorse, driven only by the urge to kill, using technology that more than likely exceeds their own, lead by demigod generals in service to a [[PhysicalGod god-like]] EvilOverlord, something they likely never had to think about about before. While the Wakandans welcome the challenge in true ProudWarriorRaceGuy fashion, its telling that ''they do not expect to survive'' it as M'Baku tells T'Challa, or that the Dora Milaje believe they are [[DoNotGoGentle facing their greatest ending]].
** The sight of the Outriders overwhelming Steve, T'Challa and Bruce is particularly scary as the creatures bring their prey down and either toss them about like ragdolls or start ripping and tearing at them with teeth and claws. Bruce's situation is particularly frightening, as [[DogPileOfDoom the Outriders drag the Hulkbuster suit down through sheer weight of numbers]], leaving Bruce trapped on the ground, only able to see dozens of snapping fanged mouths as the Outriders [[DevouredByTheHorde try to bite and claw their way through the suit to get at the human inside]]. [[FridgeHorror Were it not for the timely arrival of Thor...]]
--->'''Bruce Banner:''' ''[being overwhelmed by Outriders]'' There's too many of 'em!
* [[CurbStompBattle Iron Man's fight with Thanos]] is absolutely ''brutal''. Poor Tony is hammered into the ground, tossed around like a ragdoll, and [[PunchPunchPunchUhOh his desperate onslaught of attacks]] result [[NoSell in a single, miniscule cut on Thanos's face]]. What makes this scene different from most other fight scenes in the MCU is how clearly ''terrified'' Tony is of Thanos. He's fueled by pure desperation, fighting for his life, which is hammered home even more by [[https://imgur.com/a/tBfGVOb the horrified look on his face]] every time Thanos ''tears'' his helmet off.
** Not only that, Tony ''[[NothingIsScarier doesn't say]] [[SilenceIsGolden a word]]'' during the fight. The MCU's greatest DeadpanSnarker, who is widely known for joking and taunting his enemies during fights, is stunned into ''complete silence'' by the brutality of it all.
** The look of [[UnstoppableRage undiluted fury]] on Thanos's face when he uses the Power Stone to [[EarthShatteringKaboom obliterate Titan's moon]] and [[ColonyDrop fling the pieces at Tony and co]] is terrifying. It's pretty clear the Mad Titan is done playing around.
** Right after Tony manages to nick Thanos in the face, Thanos just smiles, wipes off the blood, and returns the favor with an absolutely ''vicious'' blow to the head. Even through Tony's armor, the hit inflicts massive, bloody gashes on his face.
** The fight ends with Tony being ''stabbed through the abdomen'' with his own nanobot-sword, so deep that it ''sticks out of his back''. And as if ''that'' image wasn't enough, blood starts dripping from his mouth as he gasps and whimpers in pain and fear, and the look of pure and utter ''horror'' never leaves his face.
** This is the fight that Tony has been dreading for ''six years'', ever since the Battle of New York. He's wearing the most advanced armor he's ever developed, he has the support of people he didn't expect (like a Master of the Mystic Arts), and he has the guy outnumbered 6:1. The fight has finally come, and despite all of these advantages, he's losing. It's hard to imagine that kind of quick-sand despair.
** What really sells this is after stabbing Tony and taking the Time Stone Quill charges at Thanos guns blazing only for Thanos to teleport away. The look on Quill's face when he asks Stark "Did we just lose?" really cinches it. They had numbers, advanced weaponry, arguably some of the big heavy hitters, and they all ''still lost'' to Thanos.
** In ''The Avengers'', Tony had a pretty snappy comeback for what he is without armor, and in ''Iron Man 3'', he learned that Iron Man is himself, not his suits, a lesson he later passed along to Peter. As he begins to run out of nanobots and more and more of his body is left unarmored, this sentiment is quickly forgotten, and by the end of the fight, we are no longer watching a superhero fight a supervillain, just a 48-year-old man in nothing but his street clothes receiving the beating of his life and realizing he's going to lose.
* While the deaths of the Black Order are ''[[KarmicDeath rightfully]]'' [[KarmicDeath deserved and downright satisfying to watch,]] they're still incredibly grisly in their own right:

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** Even though the scene where the huge Thanos leads the dainty child Gamora away by the hand ''seems'' cute and touching, it's anything but. With deceptive gentleness, Thanos is leading Gamora away from finding her beloved mother (who will likely ''die'' in the next few minutes if she isn't already dead), away from her life and childhood and innocence, away from her entire world, and into his own darkness. The faux gentleness of the scene between Thanos and Gamora undoubtedly makes it even more chilling. Gamora isn't calling for her mother anymore, but instead Thanos manages to completely distract her with the dagger while half of her people are slaughtered behind her back.

* Though the effects are temporary, Thanos uses the Reality Stone to [[TakenForGranite petrify]] and [[LiterallyShatteredLives dice up]] Drax (who was attacking him) and turn Mantis (who was ''[[KickTheDog [[KickTheDog just standing there]]'') there]]) into [[BodyHorror spools of fleshy]] ([[AndIMustScream and still alive]]) [[BodyHorror threads]].
* The moment when Thanos tells Gamora that he knows that she lied to him about the location of the Soul Stone. She confidently assures that she never found it and apologizes for disappointing him, but Thanos just bows down to her and whispers in her ear that he indeed ''is'' disappointed, but not because she never found it, but because she did and lied to him. His demeanor is [[TranquilFury completely collected]] and Gamora is completely alone with him and at his mercy. At that moment, you really expect anything that Thanos could do to Gamora to make her talk and to punish her for lying.
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* After thwarting her attempt on his life, Thanos has been keeping Nebula in a special magnetic torture chamber which simultaneously pulls all the cybernetic parts of herself (read: most of her) in different directions, causing her tremendous amounts of pain. If To add to the existing BodyHorror, if you look hard enough, ''you you can even see her brain''.exposed brain. [[note]]And said brain appears to have been divided into two separate pieces, crossways.[[/note]] In order to make Gamora tell him where the Soul Stone is located, Thanos then ''increases'' increases the force that's ripping Nebula apart at the seams, as Gamora weeps helplessly and her sister shrieks in utter agony.
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* Ebony Maw attempts to [[ColdBloodedTorture coerce]] Strange into releasing the spell he has on the Time Stone by drilling a number of crystal needles into his flesh, one at a time, ''slowly.''
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'' The needles start to glow as they pierce his skin, giving the audience a nice, back-lit view of Strange's [[BodyHorror veins and arteries arteries]] as he visibly tries not to scream.
** This, from the hero who'd ''let himself be brutally killed'' so many times to save the universe before, mind you. And now he's going through it all over again, but without even the respite of actually dying.
** Even worse, Maw specifically mentions that the needles were originally tools used for ''microsurgeries''. Given Strange's former profession as a neurosurgeon, the thought of a life-saving medical tool being perverted for use as a torture implement would be some serious psychological warfare alongside the physical pain.
* Nidavellir is such a vast place, but so desolate and lifeless. Once the forge where Mjölnir was built, the star it orbits is dying and its only surviving occupant is Eitri, whom Thanos forced to build the Infinity Gauntlet. Eitri had hoped the dwarves would be spared if he cooperated. The weapon was finished, but Thanos ''killed them all anyway''.
** What's worse is that even though Thanos spares Eitri (presumably as reward for making the gauntlet), he ensures that the dwarf will never be able to make anything that can possibly counter the Infinity Gauntlet by ruining both Eitri's hands. Assuming that Eitri isn't affected by Thanos' culling of the universe, he's basically suffering from a FateWorseThanDeath.
* Seeing what looks like TheGrimReaper seemingly floating towards Thanos and Gamora is enough to make you wonder what fresh hell is coming... and then we see it's the Red Skull. Who has apparently been trapped on Vormir ever since the events of ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' back in the 40s. That's ''70 years'' there... and he hasn't yet managed to escape. How many of those years did he spend in utter isolation, between trips from people seeking the Soul Stone? Why has he never hijacked a visitor's ship or stolen aboard -- is there some kind of spell that prevents him from leaving the Stone? How does he know every detail about his visitors' lives? And just where the hell did that shroud come from? The unanswered questions are almost scarier than his actual appearance.
** Think about this: He's been trapped on Vormir long enough to have lost most, if not all, of his German accent. This, with no one else to talk with, shows he's been conscious the entire time (not like Bucky, who was repeatedly frozen over time).
** Also, [[WordOfGod according to the Russos]], now that Thanos has the Soul Stone, [[OhCrap the Red Skull is free]].
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* Gamora's death. She knows it's coming and tries to kill herself to avoid a worse fate, but Thanos prevents it from happening just so he can kill her himself to get the Soul Stone. You Audiences can feel the dread alongside her becoming terrified once she realizes Thanos does love her and therefore is ready to kill her, and there's nothing she can do about it.
** Or, rather, that she ''knows'' that Thanos doesn't truly love her - he abused the hell out of her for her entire life, after all - but that he ''believes'' he does. And she knows that he's willing to follow through on that destructive belief.
*** The reality subtext here will make any victim of abuse sick: ''Gamora's fate is shared by far too many abuse victims''. Many live with the fear that their abuser will someday kill them for whatever reason, since an abuser sees their victim's life as belonging to them, like a possession. Gamora winds up experiencing one of an abuse victim's absolute worst fears: '''being murdered by their abuser''' without the opportunity to survive and thrive beyond everything done to them. It's even right down to the reality subtext that women who are murdered by their abusers are more likely to have this happen ''after'' they leave their abusers, which Gamora did - she escaped from Thanos, but he found her again anyway. And that [[AloneWithThePsycho she dies alone with her abuser]] (save for Red Skull, a witness who will not try to save her life) on a lifeless planet, away from everyone and everything she has ever loved makes it '''''that much worse'''''.
** There is also a FreezeFrameBonus on the shot of Gamora's lifeless body on the ground far below. [[AlienBlood A green puddle of blood around her head can be seen.]]
*** There also seem to be different colored stains from dried blood surrounding Gamora's body. Thanos is not the only one who's tried to get the Soul Stone. [[spoiler: After the events of ''Film/AvengersEndgame'', this becomes even more horrifying when we consider ''whose blood'' might well be on those rocks.]]
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* Planet Titan itself. When we first see it, it's already a shockingly empty-looking planet that has seen better days, but then Thanos himself shows up on it and shows us what it used to look like. The sheer force of difference between Titan as seen in a flashback -- a [[SceneryPorn lush, beautiful world]] dotted by [[CrystalSpiresAndTogas oddly-shaped but futuristic buildings]] -- and Titan as it exists now -- a [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic]], [[RealIsBrown brown-tinted]], [[RagnarokProofing ruin-filled]] ''[[DeathWorld wasteland]]'' -- is shocking.
* On Titan, Strange uses the Time Stone to try out different battle plans that he, Tony, Peter, and the remaining Guardians can use against Thanos. He burns himself out after living through over ''fourteen million'' scenarios. The number of options they can take where they can "win"? '''''One.''''' And it transpires that Strange wasn't entirely forthcoming as to what a "win" of that type entailed.
** Strange had to watch over ''fourteen million'' potential outcomes of their fight to find the one future in which they actually beat Thanos. ''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis FOURTEEN. MILLION.]]'' Even then, it still requires Thanos acquiring all of the Infinity Stones and killing half the universe. One can only imagine how bad the other fourteen million outcomes are. Hell, it's a wonder Strange is still mentally stable after witnessing all that.
* The Outriders pushing themselves through anything from the Wakandan energy field treats the viewers to a number of severe burnings and mutilations as the horde savagely tears holes through the barrier with the mangled bodies of their fellow soldiers. The look on Okoye's face as she sees this and comments on it really sells how terrifying it is to face an army that '''literally''' has no concept of self-preservation, almost like facing a horde of [[ZombieApocalypse Zombies]].
** Hell, put yourself in the shoes of a Wakandan warrior in that battle. Up until this point, their worst problem would be human invaders which was easily dealt with given Wakanda is the most technologically advanced nation on the planet. This time, they are facing a hell of an OutsideContextProblem -- an army of mindless alien monsters, devoid of mercy, pity or remorse, driven only by the urge to kill, using technology that more than likely exceeds their own, lead by demigod generals in service to a [[PhysicalGod god-like]] EvilOverlord, something they likely never had to think about about before. While the Wakandans welcome the challenge in true ProudWarriorRaceGuy fashion, its telling that ''they do not expect to survive'' it as M'Baku tells T'Challa, or that the Dora Milaje believe they are [[DoNotGoGentle facing their greatest ending]].
** The sight of the Outriders overwhelming Steve, T'Challa and Bruce is particularly scary as the creatures bring their prey down and either toss them about like ragdolls or start ripping and tearing at them with teeth and claws. Bruce's situation is particularly frightening, as [[DogPileOfDoom the Outriders drag the Hulkbuster suit down through sheer weight of numbers]], leaving Bruce trapped on the ground, only able to see dozens of snapping fanged mouths as the Outriders [[DevouredByTheHorde try to bite and claw their way through the suit to get at the human inside]]. [[FridgeHorror Were it not for the timely arrival of Thor...]]
--->'''Bruce Banner:''' ''[being overwhelmed by Outriders]'' There's too many of 'em!
* [[CurbStompBattle Iron Man's fight with Thanos]] is absolutely ''brutal''. Poor Tony is hammered into the ground, tossed around like a ragdoll, and [[PunchPunchPunchUhOh his desperate onslaught of attacks]] result [[NoSell in a single, miniscule cut on Thanos's face]]. What makes this scene different from most other fight scenes in the MCU is how clearly ''terrified'' Tony is of Thanos. He's fueled by pure desperation, fighting for his life, which is hammered home even more by [[https://imgur.com/a/tBfGVOb the horrified look on his face]] every time Thanos ''tears'' his helmet off.
** Not only that, Tony ''[[NothingIsScarier doesn't say]] [[SilenceIsGolden a word]]'' during the fight. The MCU's greatest DeadpanSnarker, who is widely known for joking and taunting his enemies during fights, is stunned into ''complete silence'' by the brutality of it all.
** The look of [[UnstoppableRage undiluted fury]] on Thanos's face when he uses the Power Stone to [[EarthShatteringKaboom obliterate Titan's moon]] and [[ColonyDrop fling the pieces at Tony and co]] is terrifying. It's pretty clear the Mad Titan is done playing around.
** Right after Tony manages to nick Thanos in the face, Thanos just smiles, wipes off the blood, and returns the favor with an absolutely ''vicious'' blow to the head. Even through
Tony's armor, the hit inflicts massive, bloody gashes on his face.
** The
fight with Thanos ends with Tony being ''stabbed stabbed through the abdomen'' abdomen with his own nanobot-sword, so deep that it ''sticks visibly sticks out of his back''. back. And as if ''that'' that image wasn't enough, blood starts dripping from his mouth as he gasps and whimpers in pain and fear, and the look of pure and utter ''horror'' horror never leaves his face.
** This is the fight that Tony has been dreading for ''six years'', ever since the Battle of New York. He's wearing the most advanced armor he's ever developed, he has the support of people he didn't expect (like a Master of the Mystic Arts), and he has the guy outnumbered 6:1. The fight has finally come, and despite all of these advantages, he's losing. It's hard to imagine that kind of quick-sand despair.
** What really sells this is after stabbing Tony and taking the Time Stone Quill charges at Thanos guns blazing only for Thanos to teleport away. The look on Quill's face when he asks Stark "Did we just lose?" really cinches it. They had numbers, advanced weaponry, arguably some of the big heavy hitters, and they all ''still lost'' to Thanos.
** In ''The Avengers'', Tony had a pretty snappy comeback for what he is without armor, and in ''Iron Man 3'', he learned that Iron Man is himself, not his suits, a lesson he later passed along to Peter. As he begins to run out of nanobots and more and more of his body is left unarmored, this sentiment is quickly forgotten, and by the end of the fight, we are no longer watching a superhero fight a supervillain, just a 48-year-old man in nothing but his street clothes receiving the beating of his life and realizing he's going to lose.
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* While the deaths of the Black Order are ''[[KarmicDeath rightfully]]'' [[KarmicDeath deserved and downright satisfying to watch,]] they're still incredibly rather grisly in their own right:



* When Thanos arrives on Earth, Banner rushes him with the Hulkbuster armor. Bruce is subsequently neutralized when Thanos uses the Space Stone to turn him intangible and fuse him into a cliff.
** Thanos arrival in general has a notable sense of dread as the wind starts to subtly pick up and the heroes realize ''someone'' powerful is coming and when Thanos arrives you can see that while they are trying to hide it well, our heroes are intimidated by this man whose feats Bruce probably already told them about.
** We never see exactly what Bruce is experiencing in there. For all we know, his eyes might have landed ''inside a rock''.
** Thankfully, though overshadowed by the horror of half the universe dying, we see Bruce in the Hulkbuster in the last scenes, seemingly fine besides missing most of the armor above the shoulders.
* With no other options, Wanda is forced to do what Vision has asked of her before and is begging her to do now -- after losing her parents, her brother, her freedom, she now has to murder the man she loves in order to save half the universe. And after Vision's horrific death, Thanos simply undoes his destruction, only to callously rip the Mind Stone from him and toss his body aside like an empty soda can. Wanda had to watch her lover die ''twice,'' once at her own hands and once at the hands of Thanos; and Vision had to suffer the nightmare of being destroyed, only to be brought back to life and killed again.
** The image of Thanos taking the Mind Stone is absolutely horrifying. When he takes out the stone, he also takes out ''part of Vision's skull'', leaving him with a gaping hole in his forehead through which circuits and wires are clearly visible. The audience is essentially looking at the remains of Vision's brain after a brutal lobotomy.
** Thanos reversing the process is also quite horrifying to watch. You can observe Vision's explosion in reverse, basically how ''the pieces of him that are shattered around assemble''. All in slow-motion. And of course playing this in reverse shows ''exactly'' how he died. The only reason Disney could get away with it is because Vision is basically a robot.
* A tamer example than most, but it's very apparent that as Thanos collects more Infinity Stones, the Infinity Gauntlet starts to give him more of an electric jolt. While it is prevalent when he gets the Time Stone, by the time he finally gets the Mind Stone, the Gauntlet electrocutes his body with its power, causing Thanos to audibly cry out as electric currents visibly flow through his arms. The Gauntlet is powerful enough to the point where its power causes harm even to its wearer.
* By the end of the film, Thanos ''[[TheBadGuyWins succeeds]]'' in his goal of wiping out half of all life in the universe. Let this sink in, the combined efforts of nearly every hero in the MCU from the Avengers, to the Guardians, Wakanda, Strange and Spider-Man [[AllForNothing were not enough to stop him]]. To say this is the series' DarkestHour would be a grand understatement.
* The line uttered by Thanos before he performs his signature BadassFingersnap, in how chilling and simple it is in conveying his victory and, by extension, Thor's screw-up.
-->''"You should have gone for the head." ('''''snaps finger''''')''
** A moment before, Thor slices through a beam created by all six Infinity Stones before impaling Thanos through the chest using Stormbreaker. You might be cheering -- but seeing the ice-cold rage on Thor's face in the next shot will stop you cold. He grabs Thanos' head and makes him look him in the eyes with an expression of pure TranquilFury as he continues to press the axe deeper into Thanos' chest. It should be noted that none of the antagonists in his [[Film/{{Thor}} own]] [[Film/ThorTheDarkWorld movie]] [[Film/ThorRagnarok trilogy]] elicited ''this much'' hatred from Thor. Not even Malekith, who killed Thor's mother, or his own sister Hela, who destroyed Thor's eye ''and'' killed shedloads of Asgardians, including the Warriors Three. He really ''[[ThePowerOfHate hates]]'' ''[[ArchEnemy Thanos]]'' ''[[PowerOfHate this much]]''.
--->''[[TranquilFury "I told you, you'd die for that."]]''
** Pushing Stormbreaker deeper into him is enough to make Thanos ''scream in pain''. This is the first time we witness him experiencing genuine pain, and it's '''not''' pretty.
** Hell, Thor himself, from [[MookHorrorShow the point of view of Thanos' forces]]. Thor with Stormbreaker is one of an exceedingly small number of beings in the whole universe capable of genuinely threatening Thanos. The Black Order saw Thanos personally defeat Thor and leave him to die, but here he is still alive and more powerful than ever. And he's '''''[[UnstoppableRage furious]]'''''. In fact, he's so terrifying the Outriders actually try to ''flee''. Thor, in his rage, smashes through their ships as they do.
** The lead-up to the Snap is terrifying in its own right. Thor has impaled Thanos through the chest with Stormbreaker, and it seems like [[TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin another victory for the Avengers]]; as Thor gives his BadassBoast and shoves the axe in deeper, Thanos stammers out what initially sounds like [[FamousLastWords his last words]]...and then he gets the words out, and they turn out to be his PreMortemOneLiner instead. The [[OhCrap realization hits Thor]] just an instant too late. The camera shows Thanos's gloved hand, and Thor has just enough time to let out a panicked "[[BigNo NO!]]" before...*[[DownerEnding snap]]*.
* Thanos and Gamora advertise his mass-murder of half the universe via the Infinity Gauntlet as an instantaneous and painless process. They're mistaken. While ''physically'' painless, the deaths of trillions involves the unlucky victims swiftly crumbling to cosmic dust -- and not all at once, so even if you see it happen to someone else, [[YouAreAlreadyDead there's a very dangerous and tense window of time where the same could happen to you]].
** Perhaps the very worst part, for the victims; your head is one of the last things to go, so if you're awake, you get to watch yourself disintegrating.
** The music doesn't help. Meaning, ''[[SilenceIsGolden there is no music at all]]''. From the moment Bucky disintegrates to Steve mourning, most of the theaters are so silent ''you can hear a pin drop''.[[note]][[MassOhCrap Assuming the people in the theater aren't behaving like a flock of penguins.]][[/note]]
** TheStinger makes it even worse. Sure, the people go away painlessly. But they go away with no regards to the consequences their absences leave behind. A car swerves right in front of Nick Fury and Maria Hill as they're driving when its occupant dissipates, and when they get out, they see a helicopter crash into a building after losing its pilot. Imagine [[CaughtUpInTheRapture The Rapture]] only across the entire universe.
** A civilian behind Fury witnesses Maria Hill's disintegration, moments before he notices his body is disintegrating with his last words being "Oh my God..." as the man next to him watches in horror.
** If you listen closely during the final moments of the post-credits scene, you can hear crowds of people screaming.
** Back when Thanos killed his victims directly, like Gamora's people, while it was still monstrous, bodies were left behind and the people could identify, bury, and mourn their loved ones. With the Gauntlet, ''nothing'' is left of the victim -- their clothes and anything else on their person goes with them. Even the dust dissipates in seconds, meaning that unless one's death is directly witnessed by a survivor who knows who they are, that person is ''gone'' without a trace and nobody will ever know. Thanos graduated from mass murder to {{UnPerson}}ing trillions. On the Avengers' level, Vision is the only one amongst their dead they're able to retrieve, while they have to live with their other dead teammates' ghosts haunting them.
** It's especially terrifying for the group on Titan. In Wakanda, everyone's so busy fighting that they don't have time to worry about the snap until it happens. The heroes on Titan have no such luck. They know Thanos only has one more stone to go, have no reason to hope that he won't get it, but they have nothing to distract them from what's coming. They know they've lost ''and all they can do is wait for it''.
** Peter says he doesn't feel so good. Why? His Spider-Sense was going off. Danger everywhere, and absolutely no way to avoid it.
*** Moreover, Peter -- like Bucky -- probably has some measure of super-soldier regeneration or quickened healing factor. Both of them stating that suggests that their heightened physiques were desperately trying to reconstruct and regenerate them even while in the process of being torn apart.
** Similar to the above, [[MySignificanceSenseIsTingling Mantis seems to sense the emotional turmoil of the trillions of lives being affected across the cosmos]], the psychic reverberations so hard to comprehend that she can only utter "something... is happening...", shortly before she herself disintegrates.
** The scope of this atrocity cannot be overstated. Thanos committed ''the single largest act of genocide in existence''. Earth's population is about 7.5 ''billion'' people of which ''half'' is now dead. Repeat for untold numbers of inhabited planets -- most of which (Earth included) would have ''no idea why most of their population is suddenly disintegrating.''
* Part of the premise of the film is the fact that this is Tony Stark's worst nightmare brought to reality -- he saw Thanos's forces on the other side of the wormhole in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', (canonically) six years before this film, and his PTSD took that horror and ran with it, causing his emotional/mental instability in ''Film/IronMan3''. Wanda was the cause of his vision of all the Avengers being dead in ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'', likely bringing those nightmares back to the surface from whatever progress he may have made in the interim. And now, the nightmare that has been plaguing him is a reality. He says as much to Doctor Strange on Ebony Maw's ship that he's been plagued by the nightmare of Thanos for years. And now it's a ''reality''.
* Seeing people around you crumble to dust is already horrible enough, but looking at it from the point of view of Stark and Nebula is even ''worse'': Everyone on Titan but them is wiped out. For all they know, it's an EverybodysDeadDave situation on an universal scale.
** It's bad enough from the perspective of a normal citizen. But now think of it from Fury's point of view. There's an alien invasion on, but at least he knows Wakanda and the Avengers will be there to meet it. But then his satellites indicate ''something'' unimaginably powerful shows up, and a minute later, half the people around him start to disintegrate, followed by himself. It's no wonder he called Captain Marvel. Every other time Earth was in danger, he had the Avengers, but apparently now they've failed. Captain Marvel is his last resort, because as far as he knows, this time the Avengers are ''dead. And he's half-right.''
** And he can't even be sure the phone call will be answered. For all he knows, ''Captain Marvel herself may be disintegrating too''.
* One of the most terrifying things about Thanos's "keep the the universe balanced" theory is that he never once considers that there are ''[[FridgeLogic so many other ways]]'' of fixing the OverpopulationCrisis. With all of the Infinity Stones, he could have reduced fertility rates or spread the universe's population out over more habitable planets. Instead, he stays fixated on the KillEmAll option. That should tell you something about his mental state. They don't call him [[TheRedBaron The Mad Titan]] for nothing, after all!
** What's worse is that he may genuinely have considered other options, but decided against them because of what happened to his own people. The people of Titan destroyed themselves in their unchecked greed. To Thanos, any peaceful solution would've been met with defiance as people would refuse to limit themselves. But by force? ''Then'' they'll listen.
* The remaining survivors after Thanos's snap head to Captain America, broken, and completely in despair as everyone else is. Steve Rogers' [[HeroicBSOD final, horrified and utterly stunned line]] sums everything up really, really well.
-->'''Steve Rogers:''' Oh God.
* The final shot in the film before the post-credits scene? Thanos [[DissonantSerenity smiling calmly]] amidst [[DaylightHorror a bright and beautiful landscape]], set to a [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic hauntingly beautiful score]]. What would usually be a closing shot for a hero who saved the day instead went to the villain who had just accomplished his goal of wiping out half of all life in the universe.
* There is no mid-credits scene. For that matter, [[CreativeClosingCredits there's no flashy credits sequence either]], like in previous films. The major names merely appear and disappear, and the screen is black here too. Given the last thing that happened, it's as if they're being ''read off from a list of casualties''. Then the title of the film pops up, before ''crumbling away into dust'' like the rest of our fallen heroes. It's a grim reminder of the shocking finale that we witnessed just moments ago and the horror doesn't end even in the after-credits scene. Though it does end on a somewhat optimistic note.
* The "[X] Will Return" message seen after every post-credits scene gets a rather unique and horrifying twist this time.
-->'''''[[OhCrap Thanos Will Return]]'''''
* Four simple words are the most horrifying thing of all: '''TheBadGuyWins.''' Thanos lost everyone and everything he had, but he ultimately completed the Infinity Gauntlet, did his BadassFingersnap, and killed half of all life in the universe. Whatever heroes are left are broken and hopeless, and he himself sits in a garden content. The Avengers, for the first time of their existence, ''have'' '''''failed'''''.
* The revelation that Thanos, a godlike, alien being who wields ultimate power, commands a fanatically loyal army through unbeatable force and mesmerizing charisma, and strikes terror into the hearts of everyone who's unlucky enough to lay eyes on him... is, at the end of the day, ''just some guy''. A person with basically altruistic motives who feels sadness and happiness at the same things most people do. His actions are pure evil, and his abilities are downright demonic, but his ''personality'', however twisted and cynical, is identifiably, completely human. Thanos is no EldritchAbomination; he's a reflection of the monster in all of us.
** He's also the way he is not because of some corrupting force or a twisted need to destroy anything [[ForTheEvulz because it's fun]], [[KnightTemplar he seriously believes he's doing what he does for the good of the universe.]] Imagine the power that Thanos wields today falling into the hands of a being more evil than he is.
* Hell, the film's violence in general is pretty disturbing and unlike most of the violence portrayed in the main MCU. Along with Loki's aforementioned death, there's also Gamora's death, Tony being practically impaled by Thanos complete with BloodFromTheMouth and blood all over Tony's face and hands, illusion Thanos [[OverdrawnAtTheBloodBank having purple blood practically gushing out]] his throat when Gamora stabs him, mass genocide, being shredded by a giant wheel mechanism and the fact that every time Corvus Glaive stabs Vision (and when Vision does likewise) you hear what sounds like bones breaking. Probably the closest the MCU has gotten to an R rating so far.

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* When Thanos arrives on Earth, Banner rushes him with the Hulkbuster armor. Bruce is subsequently neutralized when Thanos uses the Space Stone to turn him intangible and fuse him into a cliff.
** Thanos arrival in general has a notable sense of dread as the wind starts to subtly pick up and the heroes realize ''someone'' powerful is coming and when Thanos arrives you can see that while they are trying to hide it well, our heroes are intimidated by this man whose feats Bruce probably already told them about.
** We never see exactly what Bruce is experiencing in there. For all we know, his eyes might have landed ''inside a rock''.
** Thankfully, though overshadowed by the horror of half the universe dying, we see Bruce in the Hulkbuster in the last scenes, seemingly fine besides missing most of the armor above the shoulders.
* With no other options, Wanda is forced to do what Vision has asked of her before and is begging her to do now -- after losing her parents, her brother, her freedom, she now has to murder the man she loves in order to save half the universe. And after Vision's horrific death, Thanos simply undoes his destruction, only to callously rip the Mind Stone from him and toss his body aside like an empty soda can. Wanda had to watch her lover die ''twice,'' once at her own hands and once at the hands of Thanos; and Vision had to suffer the nightmare of being destroyed, only to be brought back to life and killed again.
** The image of
Thanos taking the Mind Stone is absolutely horrifying. When he takes out the stone, he from Vision also takes out ''part of Vision's skull'', leaving him with a gaping hole in his forehead through which circuits and wires are clearly visible. The audience is essentially looking at the remains of Vision's brain after a brutal lobotomy.
**
lobotomy. Thanos reversing the process is also quite horrifying to watch. You can observe Vision's explosion in reverse, basically how ''the the pieces of him that are shattered around assemble''.assemble. All in slow-motion. And of course playing this in reverse shows ''exactly'' exactly how he died. The only reason Disney could get away with it is because Vision is basically a robot.
* A tamer example than most, but it's very apparent that as Thanos collects more Infinity Stones, the Infinity Gauntlet starts to give him more of an electric jolt. While it is prevalent when he gets the Time Stone, by the time he finally gets the Mind Stone, the Gauntlet electrocutes his body with its power, causing Thanos to audibly cry out as electric currents visibly flow through his arms. The Gauntlet is powerful enough to the point where its power causes harm even to its wearer.
* By the end of the film, Thanos ''[[TheBadGuyWins succeeds]]'' in his goal of wiping out half of all life in the universe. Let this sink in, the combined efforts of nearly every hero in the MCU from the Avengers, to the Guardians, Wakanda, Strange and Spider-Man [[AllForNothing were not enough to stop him]]. To say this is the series' DarkestHour would be a grand understatement.
[[BloodlessCarnage robot]].

* The line uttered by Thanos before he performs his signature BadassFingersnap, in how [[NothingIsScarier utter lack of music]] following the Snap creates a chilling and simple it is in conveying his victory and, by extension, Thor's screw-up.
-->''"You should
atmosphere as characters audiences have gone for the head." ('''''snaps finger''''')''
** A moment before, Thor slices through a beam created by all six Infinity Stones before impaling Thanos through the chest using Stormbreaker. You might be cheering -- but seeing the ice-cold rage on Thor's face
come to love visibly fall apart in the next shot will stop you cold. He grabs Thanos' head and makes him look him in the eyes with an expression front of pure TranquilFury as he continues to press the axe deeper into Thanos' chest. It should be noted that none of the antagonists in his [[Film/{{Thor}} own]] [[Film/ThorTheDarkWorld movie]] [[Film/ThorRagnarok trilogy]] elicited ''this much'' hatred from Thor. Not even Malekith, who killed Thor's mother, or his own sister Hela, who destroyed Thor's eye ''and'' killed shedloads of Asgardians, including the Warriors Three. He really ''[[ThePowerOfHate hates]]'' ''[[ArchEnemy Thanos]]'' ''[[PowerOfHate this much]]''.
--->''[[TranquilFury "I told you, you'd die for that."]]''
** Pushing Stormbreaker deeper into him is enough to make Thanos ''scream in pain''. This is the first time we witness him experiencing genuine pain, and it's '''not''' pretty.
** Hell, Thor himself, from [[MookHorrorShow the point of view of Thanos' forces]]. Thor with Stormbreaker is one of an exceedingly small number of beings in the whole universe capable of genuinely threatening Thanos. The Black Order saw Thanos personally defeat Thor and leave him to die, but here he is still alive and more powerful than ever. And he's '''''[[UnstoppableRage furious]]'''''. In fact, he's so terrifying the Outriders actually try to ''flee''. Thor, in his rage, smashes through
their ships as they do.
** The lead-up to the Snap is terrifying in its own right. Thor has impaled Thanos through the chest with Stormbreaker,
eyes, and it seems like [[TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin another victory for the Avengers]]; as Thor gives his BadassBoast and shoves the axe in deeper, Thanos stammers out [[NotEnoughToBury what initially sounds like [[FamousLastWords his last words]]...and then he gets little remains of them]] is carried away by the words out, and they turn out to be his PreMortemOneLiner instead. The [[OhCrap realization hits Thor]] just an instant too late. The camera shows Thanos's gloved hand, and Thor has just enough time to let out a panicked "[[BigNo NO!]]" before...*[[DownerEnding snap]]*.
* Thanos and Gamora advertise his mass-murder of half the universe via the Infinity Gauntlet as an instantaneous and painless process. They're mistaken. While ''physically'' painless, the deaths of trillions involves the unlucky victims swiftly crumbling to cosmic dust -- and not all at once, so even if you see it happen to someone else, [[YouAreAlreadyDead there's a very dangerous and tense window of time where the same could happen to you]].
** Perhaps the very worst part, for the victims; your head is one of the last things to go, so if you're awake, you get to watch yourself disintegrating.
** The music doesn't help. Meaning, ''[[SilenceIsGolden there is no music at all]]''.
wind. From the moment Bucky disintegrates to Steve mourning, most of the theaters are so silent ''you can silent, you could hear a pin drop''.drop.[[note]][[MassOhCrap Assuming the people in the theater aren't behaving like a flock of penguins.]][[/note]]
** TheStinger makes it even worse. Sure, the people go away painlessly. But they go away with no regards to the consequences their absences leave behind. A car swerves right in front of Nick Fury and Maria Hill as they're driving when its occupant dissipates, and when they get out, they see a helicopter crash into a building after losing its pilot. Imagine [[CaughtUpInTheRapture The Rapture]] only across the entire universe.
** A civilian behind Fury witnesses Maria Hill's disintegration, moments before he notices his body is disintegrating with his last words being "Oh my God..." as the man next to him watches in horror.
** If you listen closely during the final moments of the post-credits scene, you can hear crowds of people screaming.
** Back when Thanos killed his victims directly, like Gamora's people, while it was still monstrous, bodies were left behind and the people could identify, bury, and mourn their loved ones. With the Gauntlet, ''nothing'' is left of the victim -- their clothes and anything else on their person goes with them. Even the dust dissipates in seconds, meaning that unless one's death is directly witnessed by a survivor who knows who they are, that person is ''gone'' without a trace and nobody will ever know. Thanos graduated from mass murder to {{UnPerson}}ing trillions. On the Avengers' level, Vision is the only one amongst their dead they're able to retrieve, while they have to live with their other dead teammates' ghosts haunting them.
** It's especially terrifying for the group on Titan. In Wakanda, everyone's so busy fighting that they don't have time to worry about the snap until it happens. The heroes on Titan have no such luck. They know Thanos only has one more stone to go, have no reason to hope that he won't get it, but they have nothing to distract them from what's coming. They know they've lost ''and all they can do is wait for it''.
** Peter says he doesn't feel so good. Why? His Spider-Sense was going off. Danger everywhere, and absolutely no way to avoid it.
*** Moreover, Peter -- like Bucky -- probably has some measure of super-soldier regeneration or quickened healing factor. Both of them stating that suggests that their heightened physiques were desperately trying to reconstruct and regenerate them even while in the process of being torn apart.
** Similar to the above, [[MySignificanceSenseIsTingling Mantis seems to sense the emotional turmoil of the trillions of lives being affected across the cosmos]], the psychic reverberations so hard to comprehend that she can only utter "something... is happening...", shortly before she herself disintegrates.
** The scope of this atrocity cannot be overstated. Thanos committed ''the single largest act of genocide in existence''. Earth's population is about 7.5 ''billion'' people of which ''half'' is now dead. Repeat for untold numbers of inhabited planets -- most of which (Earth included) would have ''no idea why most of their population is suddenly disintegrating.''
* Part of the premise of the film is the fact that this is Tony Stark's worst nightmare brought to reality -- he saw Thanos's forces on the other side of the wormhole in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', (canonically) six years before this film, and his PTSD took that horror and ran with it, causing his emotional/mental instability in ''Film/IronMan3''. Wanda was the cause of his vision of all the Avengers being dead in ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'', likely bringing those nightmares back to the surface from whatever progress he may have made in the interim. And now, the nightmare that has been plaguing him is a reality. He says as much to Doctor Strange on Ebony Maw's ship that he's been plagued by the nightmare of Thanos for years. And now it's a ''reality''.
* Seeing people around you crumble to dust is already horrible enough, but looking at it from the point of view of Stark and Nebula is even ''worse'': Everyone on Titan but them is wiped out. For all they know, it's an EverybodysDeadDave situation on an universal scale.
** It's bad enough from the perspective of a normal citizen. But now think of it from Fury's point of view. There's an alien invasion on, but at least he knows Wakanda and the Avengers will be there to meet it. But then his satellites indicate ''something'' unimaginably powerful shows up, and a minute later, half the people around him start to disintegrate, followed by himself. It's no wonder he called Captain Marvel. Every other time Earth was in danger, he had the Avengers, but apparently now they've failed. Captain Marvel is his last resort, because as far as he knows, this time the Avengers are ''dead. And he's half-right.''
** And he can't even be sure the phone call will be answered. For all he knows, ''Captain Marvel herself may be disintegrating too''.
* One of the most terrifying things about Thanos's "keep the the universe balanced" theory is that he never once considers that there are ''[[FridgeLogic so many other ways]]'' of fixing the OverpopulationCrisis. With all of the Infinity Stones, he could have reduced fertility rates or spread the universe's population out over more habitable planets. Instead, he stays fixated on the KillEmAll option. That should tell you something about his mental state. They don't call him [[TheRedBaron The Mad Titan]] for nothing, after all!
** What's worse is that he may genuinely have considered other options, but decided against them because of what happened to his own people. The people of Titan destroyed themselves in their unchecked greed. To Thanos, any peaceful solution would've been met with defiance as people would refuse to limit themselves. But by force? ''Then'' they'll listen.
* The remaining survivors after Thanos's snap head to Captain America, broken, and completely in despair as everyone else is. Steve Rogers' [[HeroicBSOD final, horrified and utterly stunned line]] sums everything up really, really well.
-->'''Steve Rogers:''' Oh God.
* The final shot in the film before the post-credits scene? Thanos [[DissonantSerenity smiling calmly]] amidst [[DaylightHorror a bright and beautiful landscape]], set to a [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic hauntingly beautiful score]]. What would usually be a closing shot for a hero who saved the day instead went to the villain who had just accomplished his goal of wiping out half of all life in the universe.
* There is no mid-credits scene. For that matter, [[CreativeClosingCredits there's no flashy credits sequence either]], like in previous films. The major names merely appear and disappear, and the screen is black here too. Given the last thing that happened, it's as if they're being ''read off from a list of casualties''. Then the title of the film pops up, before ''crumbling away into dust'' like the rest of our fallen heroes. It's a grim reminder of the shocking finale that we witnessed just moments ago and the horror doesn't end even in the after-credits scene. Though it does end on a somewhat optimistic note.
* The "[X] Will Return" message seen after every post-credits scene gets a rather unique and horrifying twist this time.
-->'''''[[OhCrap Thanos Will Return]]'''''
* Four simple words are the most horrifying thing of all: '''TheBadGuyWins.''' Thanos lost everyone and everything he had, but he ultimately completed the Infinity Gauntlet, did his BadassFingersnap, and killed half of all life in the universe. Whatever heroes are left are broken and hopeless, and he himself sits in a garden content. The Avengers, for the first time of their existence, ''have'' '''''failed'''''.
* The revelation that Thanos, a godlike, alien being who wields ultimate power, commands a fanatically loyal army through unbeatable force and mesmerizing charisma, and strikes terror into the hearts of everyone who's unlucky enough to lay eyes on him... is, at the end of the day, ''just some guy''. A person with basically altruistic motives who feels sadness and happiness at the same things most people do. His actions are pure evil, and his abilities are downright demonic, but his ''personality'', however twisted and cynical, is identifiably, completely human. Thanos is no EldritchAbomination; he's a reflection of the monster in all of us.
** He's also the way he is not because of some corrupting force or a twisted need to destroy anything [[ForTheEvulz because it's fun]], [[KnightTemplar he seriously believes he's doing what he does for the good of the universe.]] Imagine the power that Thanos wields today falling into the hands of a being more evil than he is.
* Hell, the film's violence in general is pretty disturbing and unlike most of the violence portrayed in the main MCU. Along with Loki's aforementioned death, there's also Gamora's death, Tony being practically impaled by Thanos complete with BloodFromTheMouth and blood all over Tony's face and hands, illusion Thanos [[OverdrawnAtTheBloodBank having purple blood practically gushing out]] his throat when Gamora stabs him, mass genocide, being shredded by a giant wheel mechanism and the fact that every time Corvus Glaive stabs Vision (and when Vision does likewise) you hear what sounds like bones breaking. Probably the closest the MCU has gotten to an R rating so far.


* When Peter senses and then sees the ship over New York City, he tells Ned to distract the others so he can slip out unnoticed. Ned sees the ship and immediately starts screaming "We're all gonna die!", alerting the other kids on the bus to the presence of the invaders. Ned isn't just creating a distraction for Peter; he's legitimately, [[OhCrap pants-crappingly]] ''terrified''. And for that matter, so are the other kids, who start screaming in horror at the sight of the ship hovering over NYC. Moreover, Ned's line is likely all too accurate. After all, [[FridgeHorror those kids on the bus were probably taken out by Thanos' snap too]].

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* When Peter senses and then sees the ship over New York City, he tells Ned to distract the others so he can slip out unnoticed. Ned sees the ship and immediately starts screaming "We're all gonna die!", alerting the other kids on the bus to the presence of the invaders. Ned isn't just creating a distraction for Peter; he's legitimately, [[OhCrap pants-crappingly]] ''terrified''. And for that matter, so are the other kids, who start screaming in horror at the sight of the ship hovering over NYC. Moreover, Ned's line is likely all too accurate. After all, [[FridgeHorror those kids on the bus were probably taken out by Thanos' snap too]].



* Thanos snapping half the universe away becomes even more horrifying when you realize that pilots and surgeons would have disintegrated. Way more than half the universe died...
** Potentially not so, through the use of FridgeLogic and Alternate Interpretations. If the Mind Stone is self-aware, and the 6 reality stones control the entire universe, AND Thanos is very specific that he wants perfect balance, did the Gauntlet account for the doctors, pilots and similar professionals in order for the body count to be exactly half? (For example, if a pilot was set to disappear while flying a plane carrying 60 people, would the total amount of people vaporized be 60 less?) It's highly unlikely, but would entirely depend on how much control the powers controlling the gauntlet's influence had on Thanos' snap, and how much foresight those overseers (or even Thanos himself) had when executing the genocide.
** WordOfGod reveals that animals were affected by the snap too. But that would have been random as well. Imagine if you disintegrated, but your dog didn't -- the dog would end up starving to death with no one to feed it. Not to mention how many endangered animals such as elephants, tigers or rhinoceroes affected by the snap, leading to the greatest extinction event since the dinosaurs.

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** The look of [[UnstoppableRage undiluted fury]] on Thanos's face when he uses the Power Stone to [[EarthShatteringKaboom obliterate Titan's moon]] and [[ColonyDrop fling the pieces at Tony and co]] is terrifying. It's pretty clear the Mad Titan is done playing around.


Ever since his cameo in TheStinger of ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', the Marvel Cinematic Universe spent six years building up Thanos as the ultimate threat. Now, it's time to see the Mad Titan unleashed.

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Ever since Following his cameo in TheStinger of ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', the Marvel Cinematic Universe spent six years building up Thanos ComicBook/{{Thanos}} as the ultimate threat. Now, it's time to see the Mad Titan unleashed.


Ever since his cameo in TheStinger of ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', the Marvel Cinematic Universe has spent years building up Thanos as the ultimate threat. Now, it's time to see the Mad Titan unleashed.

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Ever since his cameo in TheStinger of ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', the Marvel Cinematic Universe has spent six years building up Thanos as the ultimate threat. Now, it's time to see the Mad Titan unleashed.


** Cull Obsidian is grinded across the inside of Wakanda's energy dome (partially incinerating the left-hand portion until he's blown apart.

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** Cull Obsidian is grinded across the inside of Wakanda's energy dome (partially incinerating the left-hand portion of his body) until he's blown apart.


** The lead-up to the Snap is terrifying in its own right. Thor has impaled Thanos through the chest with Stormbreaker, and it seems like [[TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin another victory for the Avengers]]; as Thor gives his BadassBoast and shoves the axe in deeper, Thanos stammers out what initially sounds like [[FamousLastWords his last words]]...and then he gets the words out, and the realization hits Thor just an instant too late. The camera shows Thanos's gloved hand, and Thor has just enough time to let out a panicked "[[BigNo NO!]]" before...*[[DownerEnding snap]]*.

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** The lead-up to the Snap is terrifying in its own right. Thor has impaled Thanos through the chest with Stormbreaker, and it seems like [[TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin another victory for the Avengers]]; as Thor gives his BadassBoast and shoves the axe in deeper, Thanos stammers out what initially sounds like [[FamousLastWords his last words]]...and then he gets the words out, and the they turn out to be his PreMortemOneLiner instead. The [[OhCrap realization hits Thor Thor]] just an instant too late. The camera shows Thanos's gloved hand, and Thor has just enough time to let out a panicked "[[BigNo NO!]]" before...*[[DownerEnding snap]]*.


** Proxima Midnight gets [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe ripped in half]] by her own army's death wheels.
** Cull Obsidian is dragged across the inside of Wakanda's energy dome until he's ripped apart.

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** Proxima Midnight gets [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe ripped sawed in half]] by her own army's death wheels.
** Cull Obsidian is dragged grinded across the inside of Wakanda's energy dome (partially incinerating the left-hand portion until he's ripped blown apart.



* A tamer example than most, but it's very apparent that as Thanos collects more Infinity Stones, the Infinity Gauntlet starts to give him more of an electric jolt. While it is prevalent when he gets the Time Stone, by the time he finally gets the Mind Stone, the Gauntlet electrocutes his body with its power, causing Thanos to ''scream'' as electric currents visibly flow through his arms. The Gauntlet is powerful enough to the point where its power causes harm even to its wearer.

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* A tamer example than most, but it's very apparent that as Thanos collects more Infinity Stones, the Infinity Gauntlet starts to give him more of an electric jolt. While it is prevalent when he gets the Time Stone, by the time he finally gets the Mind Stone, the Gauntlet electrocutes his body with its power, causing Thanos to ''scream'' audibly cry out as electric currents visibly flow through his arms. The Gauntlet is powerful enough to the point where its power causes harm even to its wearer.

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** The lead-up to the Snap is terrifying in its own right. Thor has impaled Thanos through the chest with Stormbreaker, and it seems like [[TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin another victory for the Avengers]]; as Thor gives his BadassBoast and shoves the axe in deeper, Thanos stammers out what initially sounds like [[FamousLastWords his last words]]...and then he gets the words out, and the realization hits Thor just an instant too late. The camera shows Thanos's gloved hand, and Thor has just enough time to let out a panicked "[[BigNo NO!]]" before...*[[DownerEnding snap]]*.


-->'''Bruce Banner:''' ''[being overwhelmed by Outriders]'' There's too many of 'em!

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-->'''Bruce --->'''Bruce Banner:''' ''[being overwhelmed by Outriders]'' There's too many of 'em!


** Even though the scene where the huge Thanos leads the dainty child Gamora away by the hand ''seems'' cute and touching, it's anything but. With deceptive gentleness, Thanos is leading Gamora away from finding her mother (who will likely ''die'' in the next few minutes if she isn't already dead), away from her life and childhood and innocence, away from her entire world, and into his own darkness. The faux gentleness of the scene between Thanos and Gamora undoubtedly makes it even more chilling. Gamora isn't calling for her mother anymore, but instead Thanos manages to completely distract her with the dagger while half of her people are slaughtered behind her back.

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** Even though the scene where the huge Thanos leads the dainty child Gamora away by the hand ''seems'' cute and touching, it's anything but. With deceptive gentleness, Thanos is leading Gamora away from finding her beloved mother (who will likely ''die'' in the next few minutes if she isn't already dead), away from her life and childhood and innocence, away from her entire world, and into his own darkness. The faux gentleness of the scene between Thanos and Gamora undoubtedly makes it even more chilling. Gamora isn't calling for her mother anymore, but instead Thanos manages to completely distract her with the dagger while half of her people are slaughtered behind her back.


** What really sells it is Thor's screams. Now, when was the last time ''the strongest Avenger'' screamed his lungs out in pain?

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** What really sells it is are Thor's screams. Now, when was the last time ''the strongest Avenger'' screamed his lungs out in pain?



** Look closely at Loki's face after he dies (if you have the stomach for it). His face isn't just bloated. Thanos strangled him with enough force to ''break blood capillaries in his face''.
*** It gets worse. If you look at the ''exact'' moment Thanos snaps Loki's neck, [[BloodFromTheMouth blood begins to drip from his mouth]].

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** Look closely at Loki's face after he dies (if you have the stomach for it). His face isn't just bloated. Thanos strangled him with enough force to ''break blood capillaries in his face''. \n*** It And it gets worse. If you look at the ''exact'' moment Thanos snaps Loki's neck, [[BloodFromTheMouth [[BloodFromEveryOrifice blood begins to drip from his mouth]].mouth, nose and eyes]].



** Even though the scene where the huge Thanos leads the dainty child Gamora away by the hand ''seems'' cute and touching, it's anything but. With deceptive gentleness, Thanos is leading Gamora away from her beloved mother (who will likely ''die'' in the next few minutes if she isn't already dead), away from her life and childhood and innocence, away from her entire world, and into his own darkness. The faux gentleness of the scene between Thanos and Gamora undoubtedly makes it even more chilling.

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** Even though the scene where the huge Thanos leads the dainty child Gamora away by the hand ''seems'' cute and touching, it's anything but. With deceptive gentleness, Thanos is leading Gamora away from finding her beloved mother (who will likely ''die'' in the next few minutes if she isn't already dead), away from her life and childhood and innocence, away from her entire world, and into his own darkness. The faux gentleness of the scene between Thanos and Gamora undoubtedly makes it even more chilling. Gamora isn't calling for her mother anymore, but instead Thanos manages to completely distract her with the dagger while half of her people are slaughtered behind her back.


* Loki's death is horrifying. He pretends to side with Thanos to get close enough to stab him, but Thanos is prepared. He stops Loki's arm holding the dagger with the Space Stone and then effortlessly [[NeckLift lifts Loki up by his throat]] with the hand that's wearing the Infinity Gauntlet and squeezes, with Loki desperately struggling against the grip, until his eyes start to become bloodshot and bulge out. And then he snaps his neck with a SickeningCrunch while [[PsychoticSmirk grinning sadistically]] and drops his body in front of Thor, who is restrained and can do nothing but watch. The strangulation before the neck snap is drawn out, with a good look at his kicking legs and his bloated face before it's over. It truly looks like an execution and might be the most realistically graphic and brutal death in the MCU so far. It's actually surprising that the death itself didn't give the film an R rating.

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* Loki's death is horrifying. He pretends to side with Thanos to get close enough to stab him, but Thanos is prepared. He stops Loki's arm holding the dagger with the Space Stone and then effortlessly [[NeckLift lifts Loki up by his throat]] with the hand that's wearing the Infinity Gauntlet and squeezes, with Loki desperately struggling against the grip, until his eyes start to become bloodshot and bulge out. And then he snaps his neck with a SickeningCrunch while [[PsychoticSmirk grinning smirking sadistically]] and drops his body in front of Thor, who is restrained and can do nothing but watch. The strangulation before the neck snap is drawn out, with a good look at his kicking legs and his bloated face before it's over. It truly looks like an execution and might be the most realistically graphic and brutal death in the MCU so far. It's actually surprising that the death itself didn't give the film an R rating.


* The way Thanos forces Loki to hand over the Tesseract; pressing the Power Stone to the side of Thor's head and just leaving it there, making Loki watch as it begins to steadily, painfully burn Thor alive like it did to the Collector’s servant girl back in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', heck Thor's skull begins to glow under the outburst of energy. No wonder Loki caves in.
** What really sells it is Thor's screams. Now, when was the last time ''the strongest Avenger'' screamed his lungs out in pain?



* The way Thanos forces Loki to hand over the Tesseract; pressing the Power Stone to the side of Thor's head and just leaving it there, making Loki watch as it begins to steadily, painfully burn Thor alive like it did to the Collector’s servant girl back in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', heck Thor's skull begins to glow under the outburst of energy. No wonder Loki caves in.
** What really sells it is Thor's screams. Now, when was the last time ''the strongest Avenger'' screamed his lungs out in pain?

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