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We need to talk about “Avengers: Infinity War”’s treatment of Mantis

Marvel Studios/Disney

Marvel Studios/Disney

marysue-logo"Avengers: Infinity War" is a film up to its eyeballs in superheroes. In fact, there are superheroes of almost every variety: the technologically advanced, the genetically modified, the masters of magic, and even a god or two. That said, one can’t really be angry that Mantis, the newest member of the Guardians of the Galaxy, didn’t have many lines of dialogue. Though, one can certainly be disappointed with what she said in those limited lines, particularly the way in which she underestimated her own empathic abilities.

During the course of the film, Iron Man, Star-Lord, Spider-Man, Nebula, Doctor Strange, Drax, and Mantis find themselves on Titan, Thanos’s home planet. It’s about the most unlikely group of superheroes — some Avengers, some Guardians, and, um, Doctor Strange — but the team works quite well. Together, they devise a plan to take down Thanos by relying on the individual strength of each character. It really wasn’t a bad plan, as Doctor Strange’s mystical arts, Spider-Man’s web shooters, and Mantis’s empathic ability confused, overwhelmed, and disabled Thanos enough so that Tony Stark was this close to taking the gauntlet. That is, until Star-Lord went and did the thing that Star-Lord did. But Star-Lord has always been a charming screwup, so it’s unfair to hold the annihilation of half the galaxy against a personality trait the audience already knew he had.

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