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I guess they should have just cut off the hand of Thanos at that time. But why didn't they do that? Is it not possible to cut his hand?

marked as duplicate by TheLethalCarrot, Edlothiad, Anthony Grist, BMWurm, Brythan May 10 '18 at 10:40

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    Hello and welcome to SFF! This is a nice first question but it appears to have been asked before. However, the short answer is simply as Dr. Strange says himself "This was the only way". Lastly, don't forget to take the tour! – TheLethalCarrot May 10 '18 at 9:32
  • ohh Thank you very much. I will not forget to take the tour :-D :-) – sathsara May 10 '18 at 10:39
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    One does not simply cut off the hand of Thanos. – Paul D. Waite May 10 '18 at 11:21
  • Yes, could've use the portal trick (1. put hand through portal, 2. Close portal, 3. ????, 4. Profit) – Maxim May 11 '18 at 21:29
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They didn't have the power to do so

This seems as a generalization of this question, where the OP tries to identify why Dr. Strange didn't use the same technique as in the beginning of the movie,

to chop Thanos's hand.

Well, apart from Dr. Strange, the only other character at that time who was supposed to be able to do that was Iron Man, but

Thanos seems to be immune to Iron Man energy blasts -apart from falling to the ground.

All the other characters at that time

meaning Star Lord, Drax, Nebula and Spider-Man

do not have a special ability or weapon to carry out such a task.

  • thank you very much. That clears my doubts..now I can rest in peace :-) :-) – sathsara May 10 '18 at 10:41
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    @sathsara: “now I can rest in peace” — good lord, don’t kill yourself! Or at least wait until you’ve seen the sequel? – Paul D. Waite May 10 '18 at 11:22
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    @PaulD.Waite :-D :-D yahh I think death can wait :-P – sathsara May 11 '18 at 11:42

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