In the Movie Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, where former Doctor Mary Cooper, knows how to cure the infected people as she prepares an enzyme to cure Brenda, but main Doctor Ava Paige, wants Mary to be dead.

The guy (Thomas) shoots Mary while taking!

Can any one tell me why they killed her while they both are working for same cause?

  • Please do not put spoilers in the titles of your question.
    – Catija
    Sep 29, 2015 at 14:02
  • Are you sure that it was Thomas that killed Mary? I am sure that i saw Ava's Second In command shoot Mary while they were attacking The Right Arm's base. Thomas was right in front of Ava and without a gun, I don't see how you came to the conclusion that Thomas had killed MAry.
    – natural
    Dec 4, 2016 at 22:43

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Mary used to work for WCKD but left due to "creative differences" in how to approach the cure. Mainly that Ava is evil for abusing of children like that. Mary and the Right Arm have been actively interfering with WCKD by liberating Immunes, which WCKD sees as a genocidal act against saving humanity.

So they killed Mary to get rid of the problem.

Of course, they are not working for the same cause. Mary is willing to save Immunes so they can repopulate, at the expense of current human population. Ava is willing to torture and kill children to save the current population (i.e. herself).

Update: You seem to have misunderstood the scene with Brenda being "cured". The enzyme that's extracted from the Immunes is not a long term cure, or vaccine. It doesn't 100% solve the issue of the Flare affecting people that are not immune. It's a treatment. It gets rid of the infection for a short time. Brenda is only "cured" of that specific infection, and can get infected again (or it only stops the infection for a few months and she will turn into a Crank at that time, the movie was a bit unclear).

It would need to be injected regularly for it to be 100%. And the only way to produce the Enzyme is to make an Immune's brain work overtime, the entire point of the Trails. It can't be artificially manufactured. The only way to produce it is by torturing children, then hooking them up to a machine to drain their brains.

The books and the movies diverge. First the books only have a small number of gladers, the ones from the boy maze and a girl maze, around 20 survivors. The movie has many more. Movie WCKD believes in cultivating all the immunes for the Enzyme, not exactly a cure cure. It also, maybe, goes with the book motivation, in that WCKD is putting the gladers through a set of trials to find the "ONE" immune at the end, that will get his head chopped open and the "Killzone" part of the brain examined so that it can be reproduced, in the end creating the cure.

In short, the cure has not been found yet, and the Trials that WCKD is conducting is to find the cure by pushing the kids to the brain's most efficient point.

  • And suddenly, The Maze Trials and Interstellar sound remarkably the same.
    – cde
    Sep 29, 2015 at 14:03
  • Then why are they (wckd) is working on cure still, if they already found one? whey they keep on testing? Childern
    – Praneeth
    Sep 30, 2015 at 4:12
  • @praneethkumar updated. No one has found a cure, just a temporary stop. Brenda can get infected again.
    – cde
    Sep 30, 2015 at 5:36
  • Thanks for taking your time to explain. Now I got it! they both contradict at usage of Immune's.
    – Praneeth
    Sep 30, 2015 at 5:49
  • What is immunes so special about? They won't get infected even they were bitten? What's the difference between those immunes and lot of survivors?
    – Praneeth
    Oct 2, 2015 at 9:54

I have a feeling that WICKED wanted to make their own cure and didn't want Mary getting in the way of it all but she managed to extract an enzyme from Thomas (remembering that when Brenda collapsed, she was about to be shot and Mary intervened and said that they might not be able to save her...but Thomas can, which foreshadows that she knows how to get the cure but she said that it can't be manufactured, it can only be extracted from the bodies of immune people, she mixes enzyme from Thomas with other substances and injects a small amount into Brenda, and then she says that the cure can take days, weeks or even months to cure Brenda, but she said (Mary) that everyone has a different rate of being cured and depends on that capability of that person. But Ava Paige is jealous that Mary had figured it out before Ava knew how to even find a way to get to the cure. This is why Ava's Second in Command had killed Mary, because Mary did something that Ava said she was going to do and she was going to make sure that Mary was eliminated so Ava could keep on experimenting with the kids and find the cure out for herself. This is why.

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