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In the movie Avengers: Infinity War, there is a scene on Knowhere where Gamora tries and manages to kill Thanos and before he asks,

Why did you do this, my child?

while Gamora keeps crying.

But then he suddenly resurrects and captures Gamora.

What exactly happened in this scene?

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It's an illusion

Thanos created an illusion (or false reality) with the Reality Stone to test Gamora.

He says...

"Reality can be whatever I want."


It's unlikely that Thanos could even be hurt by Gamora with a puny weapon like a knife.

Recall, it takes all of Iron Man's power to get one drop of blood from Thanos and even a strike by Thor using Stormbreaker to the heart didn't kill him.

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    "even a strike by Thor using Stormbreaker to the heart didn't kill him" - I'd tack an "instantly" onto that as a qualifier. He seemed pretty mortally wounded, and did more-or-less say that a headshot would have killed him. My assumption was that part of his wish on the infinity stones was to heal/save himself, and that otherwise he would have died from the wound. Although, who's to say that Thanos's heart is in his chest; or that he even has one for that matter? He's some kind of alien, after all. – aroth May 14 '18 at 1:19
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    @aroth a titan to be specific. – tox123 May 14 '18 at 2:50
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    To me that knife seemed to be kinda special. From the dialogues I had thought that the substance in that knife is some kind of venom that is able to actually kill Thanos (which is the reason Gamora actually used it) – XtremeBaumer May 15 '18 at 11:57
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    @Murch Death is in the comics which are not under discussion here. – Paulie_D May 16 '18 at 16:07
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    Indications are that he can if Thor had gone for the head. – Paulie_D May 16 '18 at 16:30

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