16 Life Lessons From Avengers: Infinity War
Beardict: It’s been weeks since Avengers: Infinity War hit the theaters. From an extraordinary movie comes very relatable scenarios. Let’s take a couple of minutes to reflect on life lessons we’ve learned from the film:
Accept reality, don’t hide from it.
Obviously, the Hulk got traumatized with how Thanos beat him fair and square inside the Asgardian ship so he decided to hide inside Banner for the rest of the movie. Totally not cool, right? However, this is how we react when life beats us up with so many problems and there’s a sense of uselessness that’s hard to get over. To get over this, we need to challenge ourselves and just do better next time, something I expect the Hulk would do in Avengers 4.
When you’re faced with a handicap, be flexible.
Even though he wasn’t comfortable at all, and the Hulk wouldn’t cooperate, Bruce Banner found a way to contribute. He learned to pilot the Hulkbuster on the fly and managed to take out Cull Obsidian (Black Dwarf). How’s that for achievement?
There is strength in numbers.
The Golden State Warriors has this line as one of their truths, and rightfully so. We all saw Thanos and his Children (Black Order) decimate the Asgardian ship. Thor and his people really had no chance to win against such a strong force. However, in the fights that followed, Thanos and his Children were often separated, and the Avengers had the advantage of numbers. For example, Proxima Midnight would have probably beaten Black Widow in a solo fight, but versus Black Widow, Okoye, and Scarlet Witch? No way.
When you want something, work for it, even if it seems like it’s taking forever.
In Thanos’ case, it took a whole 10 years to get the Infinity Stones. That’s a pretty long time, right? Well, considering he has now retired to the Banaue Rice Terraces after a “job well done,” things really worked out for him (much to the chagrin of the Avengers). Work hard, work smart, and enjoy the benefits.
Aim for the head.
Thanos himself gave this advice, and truly, he’s right. When you attack a problem, whether it’s a bald purple genocidal alien or simply an annoying leak in your bathroom skin, make sure you hit it where it matters the most so there’s no way it will come back.
Don’t be overconfident even if you have the upper hand.
As Ebony Maw learned in his last moments of existence, things don’t always work out the way you want them to. It doesn’t matter if you have the type of talent that can take out the Sorcerer Supreme. Sometimes, life just surprises you and makes you lose.
Get your head in the game. Control your emotions.
It’s easy to say that Star-Lord should have been calmer upon learning about Gamora’s death, but how many times in life have we received bad news and just lost it? Many. Lucky for us, the fate of the universe does not depend solely on our actions.
When something is too easy, you probably did it incorrectly.
In the scene at Knowhere where Gamora “takes out” Thanos with her knives, she actually thought she succeeded in dispatching him. After watching his ruthlessness her entire life, did she honestly believe that it would be over just like that?
There’s a time to follow, and then there’s a time to lead.
In Infinity War, we finally see Black Widow step out of the shadows and become the leader she was always meant to be. It was great seeing her march to the frontlines with Nomad and Black Panther. Previously just following orders as a high-level S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, we have seen her journey in becoming Steve Rogers’ equal.
Always be ready for a fight, even if the enemy isn’t there.
Be like Tony Stark and make your own versions of Iron Man suits because you never know what kind of crazy challenges you might face in life. When we encounter the Thanos of our lives, let’s just give it our best shots, but success is, of course, not guaranteed.
Never get off the bus.
When he was about to disappear, Peter’s heart sank and he realized that he was way out of his league. The key here is that you should know what you’re signing up for. It’s okay to be a yes man, but not the let’s-go-to-outer-space-without-thinking-about-it yes man.
Whatever you’ve done in the past, you can bounce back from it.
Bucky Barnes is proof of this. He had a pretty good disposition in Infinity War, even after all the hell he’s been through – getting captured by the Nazis, getting captured by Hydra, and being mind controlled not only once but twice. If Bucky can recover and stay positive, so can we.
You make the hardest calls for the people you love.
We all saw how Wanda had to make the ultimate sacrifice when it came to Vision. Maybe Cap’s line from Civil War was going through her head as she destroyed the Mind Stone and kept Thanos at bay? “This job, we try to save as many people as we can. Sometimes, that doesn’t mean everybody.”
Be bold but be ready.
It was pretty bold for T’Challa to open Wakanda to the outside world. However, even after the events of Black Panther, was Wakanda ready for that Infinity War assault from the Outriders? Although the country has the most advanced technology on earth, M’baku pretty much nailed it when he said “This is the end of Wakanda.”
It’s not always about power.
Sometimes, it’s work ethic. Okoye may not have strength of the Black Panther, but her superb work ethic makes her super anyway. How many hours did she have to train as the leader of the Dora Milaje? Her resilience and no-nonsense approach are what make her an effective general of Wakanda.
You get to know who your friends really are.
A lot of friendships ended because of Avengers: Infinity War and spoilers. I even saw a Facebook contact of mine screenshot his unfriending process because said “friend” posted a spoiler just a couple of days after the movie was shown. Those who don’t really mind spoilers might think the issue is an exaggeration, but it’s actually a serious one. What kind of person would knowingly and willingly prevent you from pure happiness that comes from watching arguably the most epic movie of the decade? A bad person. And honestly, you don’t need bad people as your friends.