The 'Avengers: Infinity War' effects supervisor weighed in on one of the movie's biggest mysteries about Thanos

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  • “Avengers: Infinity War” effects supervisor Kelly Port revealed in an interview with CNET that he thinks Thanos is in his own mind at the end of the movie when he sees a young Gamora after snapping his fingers.
  • This adds another layer to a popular fan theory that he’s actually inside the Soul Stone, which co-director Joe Russo reportedly confirmed at a Q&A at a high school last week.


Warning: This post contains spoilers for “Avengers: Infinity War.”

One of the biggest questions audiences had after seeing “Avengers: Infinity War” is where the villain Thanos goes at the end of the movie. Visual effects supervisor Kelly Port has his own interpretation.

In an interview with CNET, Port revealed that Thanos travels to “The Waystation,” which is the place Thanos wakes up in after snapping his fingers. When he wakes up, he encounters a young Gamora.

Port said this place is in Thanos’ mind. He admitted that he hadn’t been officially told this by Marvel, but as someone who was in charge of bringing this place to life, he had a pretty good idea of what it might be.

“It’s not a physical place, it’s not a memory, even,” Port told CNET. “I think we want to keep it kind of open to interpretation. I think the meat of it is Thanos in his mind connecting with his daughter. It just seems like an internal moment of reflection. It’s this really nice dramatic pause at basically the culmination of 10 years of storytelling, right? It’s this moment where he can just have this moment to internally reflect on what he’s done and the cost of that decision.”

Last week, it was reported that “Infinity War” co-director Joe Russo, while visiting Iowa City High School, revealed that Thanos is actually inside the Soul Stone.Earlier in the movie, Thanos kills Gamora in order to retrieve it, so fans theorised that the young Gamora might actually be her soul.

Russo reportedly told the students, “It’s implied it’s the Soul Stone. It’s all orange around, then he’s inside the Soul Stone with the amount of power that it took to snap his fingers – he has this out-of-body experience.”

Port weighed in on the theory and said the environment resembles the stone, but didn’t confirm it as such.

“It went back and forth in terms of what that environment looks like, through quite a few different iterations,” he said. “It was sort of like as if he was being a part of one of the stones. You can see a little bit of crystal-like faceting back there.”

Port also addressed the last shot of the movie, in which Thanos is on an unknown planet and appears to smile as he watches the sun rise.

“We don’t know where that is – I wasn’t told – but it was some other planet,” he said. “He’s sort of become a farmer basically. He just sits down and has sort of a sadness, but a smile, almost like a sense of contentment or satisfaction.”

Wherever Thanos is, we can expect more from him next year when the “Infinity War” sequel comes to theatres in May.

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