The life in the Universe will be destroyed instantly and completely with the Earth and Melancholia's collision that can be frightening and beautiful at the same time.
Author’s method for creating a new interpretation of a doomsday prediction: mapping metaphors and subjective feelings; take-off - own depression, old doomsday prophecy for artistic purpose, searched the web: Saturn for Melancholia and cosmic collisions. Author's incentive is to explore how people can react unavoidable death and end of the world, "movie aesthetics = romantic + grand + stylized + some reality" - the prediction itself is an artistic tool for learning and teasing human nature and emotions and to find a solution to own fears. Consequences - strong existential, purifying effect on the audience -"true values entail suffering, we prefer music and art to contain a touch of melancholia - it is a value in itself. Longing and pain is true". Negative doomsday predictions have purifying effect people need. Trier's artistic approach - "search the world for new flashes of interest to be unfolded in images" and he also makes great research of the topic.
Trier, Lars von, Meta Louise Foldager, Louise Vesth, Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Alexander Skarsgård, Brady Corbet, et al. 2012. Melancholia. Los Angeles, Calif: Magnolia Home Entertainment.