Warning: Spoilers Ahead
Hey you. Yes, you. Have you seen Avengers: Infinity War yet?
If you haven’t, do yourself a favour, click out of this article unless you want the record-breaking blockbuster film spoiled for you… we’re talking Pandora’s Box levels here.
For those who have seen the long-awaited film, it’s fair to say Thanos is the MCU’s most badass villain to date.
Since those famous post-credit scenes from 2012’s Avengers Assemble, the Mad Titan has been billed as the most fearsome being throughout the MCU.
Despite the wait, he’s backed up the hype by literally turning the Hulk into his punching bag, collecting all six Infinity Stones and wiping out half of the universe with a simple snap of his fingers, thus claiming victory over the heroes.
If the commonly used phrase ‘chat s*** get banged’ was a person, it would be Thanos slapping the sunshine out Iron Man and the rest of the heroes faces. However, what makes him much more endearing as a character is his motives and what drives him to collect all six Infinity Stones.
He’s not driven by a lust for power or the desire to rule the galaxy like other archetypal villains, instead, his focus is based purely on the need to save the galaxy. A galaxy which is overpopulated and running out of resources. His solution? Wipe out half the universe’s population of course.
While his methods may seem overboard (they call him the Mad Titan for a reason), surprisingly a lot of filmgoers find themselves agreeing with his way of thinking, particularly after he used the Reality Stone to show Tony Stark what his homeworld Titan looked like before their resources ran out. Just like Black Panther had fans emphasising with antagonist Erik Killmonger, the same thing is happening with Thanos.
In fact, some have taken to Twitter to support Thanos’ mass genocide.
Did anyone else who watched Infinity Wars find themselves thinking Thanos is right?
— Nate Igor Smith (@drivenbyboredom) May 2, 2018
Thanos is right in his ideological worldview & his methodological approach in solving the collective problems of all creatures in the cosmos. I firmly stand behind him, just as I stood behind killmonger in Black Panther
People would much rather be emotional thinkers & decry "no"
— Psychology Pнιℓσѕσρнυѕ ۞✍۩ (@PsychologyDoc) April 27, 2018
I guess you could argue all questionable leaders and people in power think they’re right, they think they’re the good guy so no matter how awful the actions are the ends always justify the means. If I was to compare Thanos to a real-life divisive figure in history it would have to be Joseph Stalin.
With such a devastating and polarising ending, it sets up some interesting questions for the next Avengers film, which comes out next year in May. The main one being: ‘If Thanos is THIS powerful who actually has the power to take him on?’
While the question won’t be answered until the next film, head of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige has given us a clue as to who it may be. He told Variety Captain Marvel (who will be played by Brie Larson) is the most powerful MCU character yet.
She hasn’t appeared in the MCU yet but she was teased in the post credit scenes when Nicky Fury sends her message on a fancy looking pager (remember those?).
Captain Marvel will be released in cinemas across the UK on March 8, 2019, with the next Avengers film to follow next May.
Marvel’s next film, Deadpool 2 is in UK cinemas on May 15 and the US May 18.
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