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Avengers: Endgame (2019) is one of the most iconic superhero movies ever released in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s part of the Infinity Saga, that revolves around Thanos’ quest to collect the Infinity Stones.
Audiences all over the world packed theaters to see all of the Avengers get together and take on their toughest mission yet: undoing Thanos’s snap of destruction – aka the Blip that took out half of life in the Universe – at the end of Infinity War.
Like all Marvel movies, Avengers Endgame is packed with iconic quotes, from smart quips to heartfelt lines about grief as our favorite characters deal with losing their beloved friends and family.
Even in a movie full of great quotes, Thanos (portrayed by the amazing Josh Brolin) steals the show. This mad titan aka Thanos is one of the best villains of all time in my humble opinion.
He is one of Marvel’s most memorable villains with his epic monologues that know how to get under the skin of our heroes. His character is a masterclass in great screenwriting.
Even though Thanos gets relatively little screen time in Endgame, he still gets in some iconic lines.
After all, a powerful titan with a God complex that has no problem wiping out half of the universe with the snap of his fingers is sure to deliver some terrifying quotes.
Here are some of the best Thanos quotes from the awesome superhero movie that is Avengers: Endgame.
1. “I am… inevitable.”
“I am…inevitable,” is one of Thanos’s taglines throughout his appearances in Marvel movies. Josh Brolin, the actor who plays Thanos, delivers this line with gravitas every time.
It gives us an insight into the villain’s psyche. He doesn’t see himself as a bad guy, but as something as inevitable as a natural disaster, just part of the natural order of things.
When he says this line in Endgame, the context is different. Thanos repeats this line for the last time in the final battle scene when he is about to Thanos-snap again.
However, this time, Tony Stark stole the infinity gauntlet from him and ends his reign of terror. In the end, Thanos was not as inevitable as he thought he was. It’s still my favorite quote.
2. “The universe required correction. After that, the stones served no purpose beyond temptation.”
Thanos says this memorable quote after the Avengers find him in his hideout and demand the Infinity Stones so they can reverse his actions that killed off half of the world.
However, the crew is shocked to find out that in the meantime, Thanos destroyed the stones, which are some of the most powerful tools on the planet.
The quote sets into motion the rest of the plot of the movie, which is figuring out a way to time travel and undo Thanos’s actions once and for all. It shows our heroes that this time, the journey won’t be as easy as they thought.
It also gives us an interesting insight into who Thanos is as a character. Thanos is definitely power-hungry, but he is a power-hungry monster that deluded himself into thinking he has a mission.
Once he fulfilled that mission, he would rather destroy the items that gave him power than fall into the temptation of using them in an “improper” way.
3. “It knows not what is lost, but only what it has been given… a grateful universe.”
This is another iconic line that comes from the epic final battle in Endgame. After the Avengers collect the stones to undo what Thanos did, a time-traveling Thanos comes back and gets the stones.
He announces his grand plans to completely destroy the universe this time and create a new one, one that is completely in his power and doesn’t know about the evils he did.
Here’s the full dialogue between Thanos and Iron Man and Thor:
Thanos: I will shred this universe down to its last atom and then, with the stones you’ve collected for me, create a new one teeming with life that knows not what it has lost, but only what it has been given… A grateful universe.
Captain America: Born out of blood.
Thanos: They’ll never know it. Because you won’t be alive to tell them
The quote also shows us Thanos’s philosophy. He doesn’t look at the disappearance of half of humanity as a tragedy.
In fact, he actually expects people to be grateful to him for saving the universe from the threat of overpopulation that he decided would kill us all.
He sees himself as an agent of the universe and nature, not as a selfish being that wants power. For all of his articulate monologues, at the end of the day, Thanos is just crazy.
It also contradicts his earlier quote about resisting the temptation of the stones. In the end, Thanos not only wants complete control over the universe, but he also wants people to be grateful to him for ruling their lives.
4. “As long as there are those that remember what was, there will always be those that are unable to accept what can be.”
This is another iconic line that comes from the final confrontation between Thanos and the Avengers. He blames the Avengers for restarting their fight, telling them that they could not live with their own failure.
This line also introduces us to his grand plan to completely destroy the universe this time and make a new one.
The line shows us Thanos’s delusion. The villain genuinely believed that people would accept the disappearance of half of their loved ones and not do anything to fight against it.
He is surprised to realize that people, particularly superheroes, will not lie down and accept him remaking the world.
It also shows us how brave our heroes are. They will not accept a future that is unjust, even if it seems as inevitable as Thanos.
5. “What I’m about to do to your stubborn, annoying little planet…I’m gonna enjoy it. Very much.”
This memorable line comes in one of the darkest scenes in the movie. The final battle between Thanos and the Avengers starts, and it looks as if Thanos and his army are going to win easily.
Before they can get to that point, Thanos stops to explain his plans for the people of Earth. He says that his previous destruction and genocides were for the sake of a larger goal, but this time, it’s personal.
The line is terrifying because it raises the stakes. Our heroes have to get it together, otherwise, the planet is in huge danger. The line also cuts through Thanos’s self-delusion.
The villain had this grand idea of himself as a savior of the universe, making difficult choices for the greater good, but really, he’s just a power-hungry killer with a terrifying agenda.
6. “I don’t even know who you are.”
This is one of the most heartbreaking lines in the movie. During the final battle, Scarlet Witch finally gets her chance to confront Thanos, who ruined her happiness.
She tells him, “You took everything from me,” and he responds with this line – but, of course, you don’t mess with the Scarlett Witch – just take a look at these great lines,
“Scarlett Witch: You took everything from me.
Thanos: I don’t even know who you are.
Scarlett Witch: You will!”
Even the audience winces at this casual dismissal of our beloved character’s pain and grief. It shows us how heartless Thanos is, even though he claims that everything he does is for the greater good. He doesn’t care about all the lives he ruins in the process.
7. “And that is destiny fulfilled.”
This is Thanos’s response to his own death, which he sees thanks to interference from a time-traveling Nebula that allows him to access her memories.
It raises the stakes of the whole movie—we thought that the Avengers killed Thanos, and now just have to undo his legacy, but now we see that he was planning for their attack. He isn’t quite done yet.
It also gives us insight into the madness of Thanos’ ideas. He is so focused on his mission that he doesn’t feel a thing about seeing his own death, even though his two daughters are shocked. All he cares about is fulfilling his destiny, no matter the cost.
Thanos is one of the Marvel villains that we love to hate. His delusions of grandeur and destructive actions pair with a compelling philosophy and memorable lines.
His grand speeches make it that much more satisfying when he finally gets what he deserves.
For Thanos, wiping out entire planets through years of conquest or killing his favorite daughter – Gamora – one of the six children of Thanos – is a matter of simple calculus and a small price to pay to make the universe a better place – at least as he sees it.
The snap eliminated half of the known world, including some of our favorite superheroes including (but not limited to) Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) – well she sort of died at least, Spiderman (Tom Holland), plus Star-Lord, (Chris Pratt), Groot (Vin Diesel), and Mantis (Pom Klementieff) aka the Guardians of the Galaxy.
The blip also had a huge effect on the remaining survivors from Black Widow, Captain America, Iron Man, and Bruce Banner aka the Hulk, and changed their life and mental states for good. He even gets the best of Loki! And that’s saying something.
There’s a reason this iconic villain and his evil doings have become cinematic history.
Those were some of my favorite Thanos quotes. What do you think are Thanos’ best quotes?
About the author:
Jan Sørup is a videographer and photographer from Denmark. He’s the owner of filmdaft.com and of the Danish company Apertura, which produces video content for big companies in Denmark and Scandinavia. Jan has a background in music, has drawn webcomics, and is a former lecturer at the University of Copenhagen.