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Eternals Makes Thor’s Infinity War Mistake So Much Worse

Warning! Spoilers ahead for Eternals. 

Not long after the destruction of Asgard in Thor: Ragnarok, the God of Thunder found himself in the middle of a tragedy again after Thanos (Josh Brolin) and the Black Order hijacked the Asgardian ship which was on its way to Earth. This resulted in the death of half of the remaining Asgardian population, as well as, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Heimdall (Idris Elba). From there, the fight against the Mad Titan became personal for Thor. Instead of going straight to Earth and reuniting with his fellow Avengers, the Asgardian Prince decided to go on a side quest in Nidavellir with Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Teenage Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) to acquire Stormbreaker. While the battle-ax proved to be powerful enough to kill Thanos, Thor decided to gloat on him, giving the villain just enough time to snap his fingers and enact the decimation. 

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Many cite this particular moment in Avengers: Infinity War as the point where the heroes lost the fight against the Mad Titan. That's an unfair accusation as there were other elements that factored in Thanos' win. All that being said, a revelation in Eternals adds to the list of questionable decisions the God of Thunder made leading up to the snap. As the Eternals sat down to share a meal for the first time since they separated centuries ago, they discussed the status of the world, as well as, the Avengers' role in it. Kingo (Kumail Nanjiani) noted that back then, the God of Thunder usually followed him around, but after he became an Avenger, he wouldn't even take his calls. This established that Thor did know about the Eternals' existence on Earth, but never mentioned it — at least on screen. He should have, however. When the threat of Thanos became imminent, and even after he learned of the Mad Titan's nefarious goal through Gamora (Zoe Saldana), his plan of action should've included reaching out to the Eternals for help. 

Granted that the Eternals could've still refused to be of assistance as they're mandated by the Celestials to never interfere unless the Deviants were involved, Thor should've still at least tried to convince them, as it's safe to assume that the God of Thunder has been fully aware of the Eternals' powers. Taking this into consideration, he should've figured that they could've been a big help in stopping Thanos — assuming that they meddled, or would be able to at minimum provide useful advice. Even before the arrival of Thanos, Thor could've also sought the help of the cosmic beings, who are much older than he is, when investigating the mysterious incidents involving the Infinity Stones on the heels of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Giving Thor their two cents regarding the matter wouldn't exactly be intruding. Instead, it could simply be them telling the God of Thunder any knowledge they have of the elemental crystals — after all, the Celestial Eson the Searcher once wielded the Power Stone/Orb as seen in Guardians 0f the Galaxy.

Kingo claimed that the God of Thunder only stopped taking his calls once he became an Avenger. So depending on how close they were, it's possible that they were still in contact about 15 years ago. The Eternals film didn't provide a clear reason why, although Kingo was convinced it's because Thor has become a high-profile hero in the MCU. That being said, there could be other reasons for this — something that future Marvel Studios projects can reveal. Perhaps, it could even justify why he didn't reach out to the Eternals in Avengers: Infinity War. 

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