Vengeance ends in misery.
Ronan knows how to live in style.
From his very first scene in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” we see the Kree warlord emerging from an alien bath, servants converging, their worshipful hands placing his clothing upon him and applying his fabulous makeup.
His first order of business? Placing a giant, metal hammer squarely between the eyes of a prisoner.
And that’s pretty much who Ronan is. He’s angry.
Having lost family members to the Xandarians, Ronan is now disgusted by the newly-forged alliance between Xandar and the Kree Empire. He is driven by his rage, by his thirst for vengeance, and this has twisted him into a militant, genocidal terrorist who forges an alliance with the supervillain of supervillains, Thanos, in exchange for the destruction of Xandar.
And how was this hammer-toting, infinity stone -wielding, stonefaced murderer put down?
He lost at a dance-off.
When Star Lord, in the end, dances in front of Ronan, the alien warlord is flummoxed. He’s utterly confused. He stands there awkwardly as Star Lord gyrates.
And then, while Ronan is distracted by how boring he is, a projectile strikes his hammer, destroying the head and causing the infinity stone within it to drop into Star Lord’s hand, who uses it to dissolve Ronan through the power of friendship.
The infinity stones can destroy a mortal’s body simply through touch. But with Star Lord joining hands with several friends, their combined strength allowed them to use the stone rather than be burned out by it, disintegrating Ronan.
The lesson? Vengeance is an empty pursuit, ending in nothing but further loss and misery.
Also, if someone dances with you, don’t stand there like a stiff. You might get disintegrated. Seriously.