One of the most intimidating moments of last year’s blockbuster hit, Infinity War, was the moment where Tony is pitted against Thanos. At one point, Tony gets so close to ripping Thanos’ arm off but misses by an inch. He is never given this chance again. Ultimately, Thanos overpowers him and serves the moment which made all out hearts skip a beat – he stabs Tony. At this moment, I was like – “So, it’s Tony they have chosen to kill.”
Right before Thanos attempts to kill Thanos, he informs him of the emotions he feels for him. He tells him, “You have my respect.” Also revealed is the fact that The Mad Titan knows the guy fighting him. He knows it is Tony Stark. According to the Directors, Thanos knows him as the guy who jeopardized his plan to invade and conquer Earth. And that act of him initiated respect for him in Thanos’ heart.
But according to a recent theory presented by ScreenRant, Thanos used the Soul Stone to peer into Tony’s soul and got to know his opponent better than anyone else. This power of the Soul Stone is referred to as the “Cold Light of Truth” in the comics. Thanos used this power to dive into Tony’s soul and get to know why a mortal like him would journey millions of miles away from his home planet to take on a guy he doesn’t even fully know or understand.
This ignites the “respect” Thanos has for Tony. He would be aware of how Tony has been under stress after those events of The Avengers movie.
There’s a slight error with this theory. The thing is in the MCU whenever an Infinity Stone is used, it glows. And there was no moment in the Thanos vs Tony fight where he uses the Soul Stone. In any case, it sure is an interesting thought and maybe Thanos used the Soul Stone off the screen.
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