At long last, we FINALLY get to see Thanos the Infinity War baddie we’ve all been waiting to see, in Marvel’s latest and greatest masterpiece, The Avengers: Infinity War. We’ve gotten glimpses of this villain over the years, masterfully ‘pulling strings’ from the shadows as he manipulated and initiated events across the cosmos, waiting for his opportunity to strike. Well, that moment came, and to say it blew us all away would be an understatement. So why is Thanos such a tough villain to hate then?!
In time, you will know what it’s like to lose. To feel so desperately that you’re right. Yet to fail all the same. Dread it. Run from it. Destiny still arrives.
I am going to assume that anyone here reading this has already seen Avengers: Infinity War? If you HAVE NOT SEEN THE FILM, then I implore you (against every fiber in my body) to leave immediately! But definitely return, after you have seen the film. I don’t want to ruin youre experience by discussing what transpired in the film, and spoiling what is a tremendous milestone in the Golden Age of Superhero films. So leave now (if you haven’t seen the film), but please return, and share your thoughts if you can!
** SPOILERS AHEAD **
It’s been widely speculated heading into this film that someone was going to die. With such an all-powerful Marvel character finally making his destructive move against Earth’s mightiest heroes, we knew, for this event to have REAL impact, we would need to take a shot to the gut (or TWO…maybe even, THREE…FOUR..). So, in the weeks leading up to the film’s release, articles and discussions speculated as to what hero or heroes would ultimately meet their demise.
The answer to this, (for those who haven’t read the Infinity War comic) was more than we could possibly realize.
Thanos, The Infinity War villain who’s main goal in life was to essentially wipe half of the inhabitants of the universe off the map, made good on his promise, with nothing more than a SNAP!
So how could we possibly LIKE such a horrible and despicable villain, that could ‘KILL’ trillions without so much as a ‘blink’, then kick his heels up, look at the sunset and smile?!
Actor Josh Brolin Nailed this Role
As much as Hugh Jackman was MADE to play the role of Wolverine, or Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool or Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Josh Brolin was perfect in bringing Thanos to life on the big screen!
From his facial expressions to his calm demeanor, Brolin’s acting prowess was the magic that sold this villain as the most powerful and authentic ever to enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I can’t seen any other actor in this role now. Kudos to Brolin! A most talented actor!
He Has Purpose & A Rationale
Thanos believed in essence, that the universe was over-populated, or at least moving quickly in that ‘direction’, which would in the end, be the ultimate demise of all life. In the film, he uses a story about his own home world of Titan, and how ultimately it met its demise because of this very reason. His experiences with Titan helped to shape and mold his, now, very twisted and MAD (Hence the tagline, Thanos, The Mad Titan) way of rationalizing wiping out half the known universe in order to ultimately save it.
I finally rest, and watch the sun rise on a grateful universe. The hardest choices require the strongest wills.
It is this purpose and rationale that help to drive Thanos, wholeheartedly toward this goal, by acquiring the Infinity Stones using them to accomplish his mission. He is driven and he is confident throughout, that only he and he alone has the courage to do this.
This is a Movie About THANOS
Make no mistake about it. This film may be technically called The Avengers, but it is more a story about Thanos, from beginning to the very end. The film opens up with Thanos and The Black Order and ends with Thanos, basking in his victory. We get a full dose of who Thanos is, where he’s from, and why he’s doing what he’s doing.
He’s not some mindless super villain with no real backstory or solid reasoning why they’re doing what they’re doing like Steppenwolf in The Justice League.
In fact, I’d be surprised that by the conclusion of the film, there aren’t as many Thanos fans as Avenger fans.
Thanos has a twisted sense of purpose but over the course of the film, listening to him throughout, you can’t help but to really like this guy. Not because of what he’s trying to do, but because he is probably one of the most well-rounded supervillains in the Marvel Universe (along with Killmonger from Black Panther)
He Has Empathy
Thanos differs from a lot of villains we’ve seen, in that he does at times in the film, display some level of empathy.
Little one, it’s a simple calculus. This universe is finite. Its resources, finite. If life is left unchecked, life will cease to exist. It needs correction.
We see this full-blown with his feelings toward his adopted daughter Gamora on several occasions. And we even hear it, in some of the dialogue he has throughout the film.
He understands the power of the Infinity Stones. He understands what he MUST do, in order to ‘SAVE’ the universe. And, he understands on some level, why people are fighting him tooth and nail to stop him.
He Has Real Power
Never before have the Avengers faced such a threat or existential power like Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet. Never-mind THE BLACK ORDER, who are their own would give The Avengers a good run for their money.
In a sense, the Avengers and the rest of our hapless heroes were doomed the moment Thanos had his hands on just a couple of the Infinity Stones. By the time he had most of them, the game was pretty much up and the Avengers had no clue.
The Infinity stones were never meant to all be gathered up and utilized, having been spread all over the universe in an effort to prevent just such an event from occurring. It was basically a case of the ‘unthinkable’ becoming thinkable, and seeing this ultimate power in the hands of someone who would utilize this power to end the lives of trillions upon trillions of denizens.
With all six stones, I can simply snap my fingers, they would all cease to exist. I call that mercy.
At the conclusion of the film, with Thanos basking in the sunlight, on what looks like some Hawaiian Island on some distant planet – he sits, satisfied, with a look and grin of satisfaction, after having accomplished his objective. With such a horrifying event taking place across the known universe, you’d think the audience would feel nothing but hate toward this character, and you’d probably be wrong.
Thanos, is one of the best Marvel villains to date, and thank goodness the ‘party’s not over yet!’
Would love to hear your thoughts on Thanos and film below in the comments!
You should have gone for the head [snaps his fingers]