Avengers: Endgame Star Dave Bautista Wishes Drax Killed Thanos

The entire universe was gunning for Thanos in Avengers: Endgame and Dave Bautista reveals that Drax will be left unsatisfied by the fact that he did not finish off Thanos himself. Drax the Destroyer was introduced in Guardians of the Galaxy as someone who sought revenge on Ronan the Accuser for the death of his family. It’s revealed at the end of the movie that Drax’s real target is Thanos.

At the end of Avengers: Infinity War, Drax fought Thanos (and was originally going to have a one-on-one fight with him) but he was snapped away along with half of all living beings in the universe by the Infinity Gauntlet. The present-day version of Thanos was beheaded by Thor at the start of Avengers: Endgame and the time-traveling version of Thanos was destroyed by Tony Stark, who used the Infinity Gauntlet to erase him from reality.

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Thanos might be gone, but Drax is due to return in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The question of Drax’s future in the MCU was brought up in an interview with Bautista in GQ. The actor believes Drax will need a new foe to focus on in the next movie, as he will have been left unsatisfied by the fact that he wasn’t personally responsible for the demise of Thanos. Bautista said:

“I don’t know. I think he’s going to be a little unsatisfied he didn’t kill Thanos himself. I thought about that a long time ago. James [Gunn] is super creative, and he’s also a fan so he will dig through and come up with a new villain and something for Drax that I’m sure people will appreciate. He’s a genius.”

The role of Drax the Destroyer in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies is similar to that of his comic book counterpart, with the exception of the comic version of Drax originally hailing from Earth. The comic version of Drax has actually succeeded in his goal of killing Thanos in the past, as he tore Thanos’ heart out of his chest during the Annihilation crossover. Drax’s entire story arc has revolved around his mission to avenge his family, but the sacrifice of Tony Stark was too important to the story of the MCU going forward to allow Drax to finish off Thanos himself.

The question now is where the next Guardians of the Galaxy movie will take the character. Bautista believes that writer-director James Gunn might come up with a new villain for Drax to face in the future, but the drive for vengeance won’t be the same as it was when Thanos was the villain. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is still in the early stages of development and isn’t expected to be released until 2021, but it’s possible that more information about the film will be revealed during the Marvel Studios panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2019. 

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Source: GQ

2019-07-15 01:07:30

Scott Baird

Rick and Morty Throw Shade at Marvel’s ‘Thanos Snap’

Fans are still waiting for the arrival of Rick and Morty season 4, but their absence isn’t keeping the show’s stars from poking fun at the plot of Avengers: Infinity War and its snap-happy villain, Thanos.

After releasing a shorter than expected third season, fans were faced with good news and bad. Rick and Morty signed on for 70 more episodes, but when those will actually begin to roll out on Adult Swim… is anyone’s guess. Thankfully the comic book version of Morty Smith and his out con control grandfather is helping to tide fans over. And in the case of Rick and Morty #48 calling out Marvel’s most recent blockbuster for an “anticlimactic,” possibly even “idiotic” finale.

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While fans obviously know how often Rick and Morty steals from plenty of shows and movies, as that’s basically the premise of the series, they haven’t set their sights on superhero cinema too often (instead favoring more iconic, classic works of science fiction or fantasy). But in Issue #48, the duo put Infinity War in their crosshairs.

The short story “Hit Me, Space Baby, One More Time” by Kyle Starks, Marc Ellerby, and Sarah Stern begins like many episodes of Rick and Morty: with Morty existing in a seemingly perfect fantasy land completely unrecognizable to his real life. His father is a successful businessman, his mother is a classic adoring housewife–Jessica is even his steady girlfriend. When Morty realizes that Rick is confined to a wheelchair because he sacrificed himself to save his grandson, he knows something is wrong. It’s then that Rick snaps Morty awake, and explains the truth: Morty has become a cosmic god.

Apparently grabbing onto a mystical flower that grants cosmic powers over reality, Morty has evolved into a ‘space baby’ form, right out of 2001: A Space Odyssey. With their enemies fast approaching, Morty vanquishes their entire army by turning one of his “Aw Gee”s into literal, giant letters, crushing them into oblivion. When Rick points out that Morty’s mastery of reality means he could have wiped them out of existence with a simple snap of his fingers, Morty points out that actually would have been worse, because… how anticlimactic it would be to use his powers in so mundane a fashion. Thanos snaps his fingers, but Rick and Morty fans demand a bit more.

And they aren’t done throwing shade at Thanos yet. When everything returns to normal, and Morty–like Thanos–decides to hand over the powers of a god once his mission is finished, his family can’t help but point out all the missed opportunities.

The family raises some valid points that have also been leveled at Infinity War, and the arguable stupidity of Thanos’ plan to halve the universe. When Thanos only had an army of Chitauri to re-balance overcrowded worlds, sure, murdering half the population randomly made some sense. But with the powers of a god, able to rewrite reality throughout all Creation… Thanos just did the exact same thing. Rather than creating a “paradise” by doubling resources and food, doubling the number of habitable worlds throughout the universe, or curing equine influenza, Thanos pulled something that Morty would accidentally manage. Bolstering the case that both may qualify as “real stupid idiots” in Rick’s eyes.

But hey, Morty did remember to give himself a new robot girlfriend before relinquishing his godlike powers. Which is more than Thanos got for his trouble.

Rick and Morty #48 is available now at your local comic book store, or direct online from ONI Press.

MORE: 25 Twisted Rick and Morty Facts That’ll Even Surprise Fans

2019-04-25 01:04:12

Andrew Dyce

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2019-04-24 16:11:00

MCU Theory: Thanos Sent Hulk To Ragnarok on Purpose

The Avengers: Endgame is giving Marvel’s heroes another shot at taking Thanos down for good, but nobody is aching for a rematch like Hulk. If their second fight goes the way we expect, it might confirm once and for all that Bruce Banner’s trip across space was no accident–it was Thanos attempting to remove the most formidable Avenger from the game.

Some might scoff at our speculation, since Hulk wasn’t even a factor in the Infinity War battles. But just because Bruce Banner and Hulk failed to work together in time to prevent the Thanos Snap, that doesn’t mean there was never a chance to pull it off. And if Thanos is as smart as he claims to be, the events of the MCU leading to Infinity War would be all the evidence he needed to decide on his biggest threat. Starting with the fact that when it comes to the gamma-powered Avenger, it isn’t the Hulk half that Thanos actually needed to worry about at all.

When fans stop and think about it, it’s painfully obvious that Hulk never stood a chance against Thanos when they fought in Infinity War, and that the Mad Titan already knew that going into it. Hulk may even be physically stronger than Thanos on a given day, but throw the Power Stone into his Gauntlet and the “strongest Avenger” poses no threat whatsoever. But Dr. Bruce Banner? Now that is a threat a tactician like Thanos would recognize as a problem to be dealt with.

RELATED: Thor: Ragnarok Explains Why Hulk Couldn’t Beat Thanos

Tony Stark may also be a genius level intellect, but if Thanos was watching the Avengers from their first team-up on through the Age of Ultron, Tony displayed every insecurity, every willingness to risk everything, and collapse beneath guilt and paranoia that would ultimately defeat him. Bruce Banner on the other hand exercised caution at every step, all the while questioning his other half on a path towards better understanding the green beast residing inside of him. By Ultron, the Avengers almost had Hulk figured out, thanks to Nat’s lullaby.

Either way you cut it, leaving Hulk on Earth was bad news for Thanos. If Banner and Hulk ever found a way to merge their abilities, forming the MCU’s version of Professor Hulk, with Banner’s mind and Hulk’s muscle? That’s an enemy closer to Thanos, and far smarter than Thanos, that the villain couldn’t allow to be born. Which meant he needed to act.

This solution, if it really is the one that will eventually be confirmed, is actually fairly brilliant. It’s hard to believe Hulk would “randomly” access a wormhole sending him straight to Sakaar, a planet upon which Bruce Banner would have no chance of ever surviving. Drop him into Grandmaster’s yard, and Hulk would be forced to take control, and find no reason to ever relinquish it. Perhaps Thanos shared more than just strength with Hulk, and knew thousands of years in Thor: Ragnarok‘s gladiator arena would be the perfect distraction for a titan with a warrior’s heart.

The plan would have worked too, if Thor hadn’t been knocked out of Bifrost and onto Sakaar, as well. Should fans see it as coincidence that once Hulk boarded a ship with Thor, presumably to someday return to Earth, that Thanos chose that very time to strike? Or did he realize that Banner had returned to the original path that could end in Earth’s strongest defender being its smartest, as well?

Our theory will gain some credibility if Avengers: Endgame sets the stage for a true synthesis of Banner and Hulk, which has been hinted at over the past several films. And if such a Professor Hulk ends up playing a pivotal role in defeating Thanos–either through his strength, smarts, or both–don’t be surprised if Marvel’s architects later confirm that very outcome was the one Thanos hoped to avoid.

MORE: Marvel Confirms Loki Was Mind-Controlled in Avengers

2019-04-24 01:04:27

Andrew Dyce

Scientist Explains What Would Happen to Earth After Thanos’ Infinity War Snap

A scientist at UCLA has explained what would happen in real life if Thanos’ snap were to actually take place. Following the 2018 premiere of Avengers: Infinity War, many fan theories have developed about a post-snap world. Some have questioned whether the Mad Titan’s snap would resemble the biblical rapture, while others have speculated about the remaining population’s ability to survive. Now, scientists and the writers of Infinity War and Endgame, have gotten involved in the discussion, and it doesn’t look good for Earthlings.

Infinity War ends with Thanos finally locating all six Infinity Stones, and loading them into his Infinity Gauntlet. In a literal snap, 3.8 billion people are erased from the Earth, reduced to ash, including some Avengers. Without the full Avengers team to protect the world, the remaining population is left vulnerable and defenseless. Despite big MCU consequences, much more would be at stake if this sort of thing were to really happen. True, there would be more food to go around, shelter and resources left for survivors, but an Earthly utopia like Thanos anticipates at the end of Infinity War is likely just the stuff of fantasy.

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Justin Christensen of the UCLA Physics Department recently explained to Fandom the likely aftermath that would ensue following a mass population reduction, like in Infinity War, and it isn’t pretty. If 50% of the world’s population were wiped out in an instant, this would take the population back down to where it was in the year 1970, which as it turns out, would not be as huge a cut as needed to make a big positive impact. People would likely repopulate the Earth back to its 2019 population rather quickly, and we would be back to where we started. Christensen also mentions that if pilots, bus drivers, air traffic controllers and the like were all instantly snapped away, the number of non-snap related fatalities to follow would be significant. Clean water and electricity would be luxuries of the past, as would other vital things needed for human survival, such as medical supplies.

But what if more than the human population were effected? Fans have speculated about whether or not all living organisms are included in the snap or not, and the answer would drastically alter the world as we know it. Writers of Infinity War and Endgame Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have somewhat answered this question. They have both claimed that the snap would only impact “sentient life“, or only intelligent and conscious life forms like humans and animals. Marvel Studios Chief Kevin Feige has given conflicting statements about this topic, but his remark that the snap wiped out “All life!” is largely responsible for the confusion. Many have interpreted this utterance to mean that microbes, plants, and other lifeforms are included in the snap, and the internet has been buzzing with theories ever since. If this were to happen in reality, Christensen explains that the “complex and fragile relationships between many different species” would be effected, and “many ecosystems [would] change completely, and there could be species that never recover.

There would undoubtedly be a handful of unforeseen consequences, should a real life Infinity War-style snap ever happen. If 50% of all the Earth’s lifeforms were to disappear, there would not only be fatalities as a result of people vanishing out of thin air, but there would be notable changes to the Earth’s environment. If the ecosystem is changed, then the food chain is changed, and perhaps the entire landscape of the planet as well. The livability of the Earth for those left standing in the literal dust would decline significantly. Even if sentient life is the only life affected by the snap, the consequences far outweigh the potential good that would come out of it. So, although Thanos may have had an arguably somewhat noble idea in trying to save the Earth from the same fate as his home planet, the likelihood of things turning out as planned would be slim in the real world.

More: Paul Rudd Wonders Why Ant-Man/Thanos Endgame Theory Has to Involve the Butt

Source: Fandom

2019-04-23 08:04:46

Taylor Charendoff

Did Captain Marvel Reveal How Thanos Got The Mind Stone?

Long before Marvel’s epic Infinity War, the Mind Stone was the very first Infinity Stone Thanos ever found. The movie confirmed that he gave it to Loki in the form of his Scepter, but how Thanos got it in the first place was never explained… Until now.

The Captain Marvel movie doesn’t care about explaining Ronan the Accuser’s path to Thanos and his Infinity Stones, despite featuring his character at a key moment in Earth’s history. But now that Thanos and his master plan has been explained, laying out Ronan’s own timeline in the MCU helps solve the riddle of his betrayal of the Kree, his alliance with Thanos, and the strange “intelligence” guiding the entire empire.

Ronan was lied to just as much as Carol Danvers, serving an empire built around a lie… and the Mind Stone Thanos used to begin his war.

  • This Page: Why Did Ronan Betray His People?
  • Page 2: Ronan Stole The Mind Stone From The Kree

The first time fans realized Ronan the Accuser would be in Captain Marvel, playing a direct role in Captain Marvel and Starforce serving the will of the Kree Empire, their imaginations ran wild. It seemed at the time that Captain Marvel would actually function as a prequel to Guardians of the Galaxy, and set up Ronan’s eventual betrayal of his people. Unfortunately the return of Ronan–like the role played by his future lieutenant Korath–amounted to little more than a Guardians cameo. But we know that wasn’t always the case.

RELATED: Why Isn’t Captain Marvel Part of The Endgame Mission?

In the finished film, Ronan appears as one of multiple “Accusers,” a branch of the military apparently responsible for bombing enemy planets. For all intents and purposes, Ronan appears to be a loyal servant of his Kree authorities, the uppermost being the Supreme Intelligence itself. But judging by the photos of Yon-Rogg and Ronan planning their mission, the original plan was to make him a larger part of the Kree’s actions. Presumably, to offer some kind of explanation (or at the very least a hint) of why he finally betrays the Kree completely.

The movie offers a slight explanation by implying a Kree peace treaty with the Nova Empire, based on Xandar, is the only factor. But in hindsight–at least for fans who enjoy spinning theories that might work better than Marvel’s actual writing–that doesn’t feel like the whole story. By the time Guardians begins, Ronan has abandoned his people, been ruled an outcast and pariah, and now seeks vengeance… by serving Thanos. Fans expected Captain Marvel to shed some light, but the introduction of Ronan as a calm, loyal Kree Accuser works almost completely against it. Unless fans focus on one moment in particular. Whatever his conversations with Yon-Rogg or Starforce, the final showdown with Captain Marvel in Earth’s orbit confirms that even he hasn’t been given the whole story. Like Carol Danvers, he was only ever given the information needed to serve the will of the Kree Supreme Intelligence.

The audience knows just how deeply the deception from Yon-Rogg and the Supreme Intelligence runs… but what if Ronan didn’t? What if one lie being exposed led Ronan to question everything, starting at the top? We strongly suspect that if he learned the truth about the “Supreme Intelligence,” his path to Thanos, collector of Infinity Stones, makes perfect sense.

Page 2: Ronan Stole The Mind Stone From The Kree ‘Intelligence’

One detail that helps shed some light on our theory is given in the only scene directly involving the larger Kree of the MCU, or at least, the Kree as they exist in the year 2014. Back in 1995 during the events of Captain Marvel, the Kree appear mostly accurate to their comic book counterparts. And that includes their devotion and subservience to the Supreme Intelligence, a synthesized mind incorporating the wisdom and history of the Kree people. In the film, the Supreme Intelligence is brutal in its domination: taking on the form its subjects most admire to manipulate their loyalty further, or violently harming and controlling their mind if the subject rebels.

RELATED: Marvel Confirms Loki Was Mind Controlled in Avengers

Fortunately, movie fans don’t need to worry about the Supreme Intelligence any more. Because by the time Ronan is branded an outsider and “fanatic” by the Kree in Guardians of the Galaxy, the Supreme Intelligence no longer commands the empire. As the movie reveals…

“Scattered riots broke out across the Kree Empire today, protesting the recent peace treaty signed by the Kree Emperor and Xandar’s Nova Prime.”

No explanation is ever given for why the Kree are now ruled by an emperor, instead of the Supreme intelligence. But putting the pieces together, Ronan’s own path helps offer an explanation. Ronan witnesses Carol’s power, and realizes the Supreme Intelligence is keeping secrets. Ronan presumably investigates. The Supreme Intelligence vanishes. Ronan leaves the Empire. He is branded a “fanatic” and traitor. Ronan begins to serve Thanos. Thanos acquires the Mind Stone. By now, readers should know what conclusion to arrive at.

Of all the many theories explaining Marvel’s movie connections, this one may actually solve the most lingering questions while making the fewest waves. Assuming everything known about the Mind Stone and the “intelligence” alive inside of it, and how Captain Marvel does or doesn’t fit with the future landscape of the MCU, the answer seems simple: the Kree Supreme Intelligence was the Mind Stone at work. From its intentions, its hunger for power, and the way it interacts with and manipulates its subjects, the math all adds up. If Captain Marvel fans assume that the device inhibiting Carol’s full power is a sign of the Supreme Intelligence’s power, then it even fits the comic book description of allowing its user to enhance their mental and psychic abilities perfectly.

Not to mention how it finally explains what plot thread connected Ronan the Accuser to Thanos the Infinity Stone collector. Also, how Ronan wound up appointed as the lieutenant of Thanos, with a ship, an army, and an opportunity for his own chance at revenge. The Mind Stone isn’t something Ronan would ever wish to use, given its role in bringing the mighty Kree to their knees in subservience. But if he could trade it for a much more… powerful Infinity Stone, delivered to him by Thanos? That sounds more than believable.

Some fans might point to the novel Thanos: Titan Consumed as contradicting this explanation of how Thanos got the Mind Stone in the first place. However, Marvel’s decision to retroactively clarify that the Thanos origin novel is non-canon may actually make our explanation more likely. Despite all involved understanding it to be the canonical origin of Thanos, many assumed at the time that movie development had brought contradictions, or possible contradictions into play. Since the novel has Thanos learn of the Infinity Stones from a character dubbed ‘Lorespeaker,’ then simply take the Mind Stone from him… well, an explanation that ties into the existing MCU would likely be preferable.

If Captain Marvel could find a way to make Carol Danvers the beginning of the Avengers, and then also reveal that her story was relevant to Thanos and his Infinity War, why pass up the opportunity? After all, Captain Marvel anchors Carol’s origins and powers in the Space Stone, so the Kree Empire worshiping the Mind Stone would actually change little about the story.

We’ll assume this as head-canon until Marvel explicitly denies, if for no other reason than the character work it adds for Ronan the Accuser. As it stands, his flip from Kree commander to fanatical villain is entirely unexplained (he was serving Thanos long before the Kree/Xandar peace treaty was signed). Not only would this theory answer half a dozen MCU questions, but it would make his iconic face paint one of the best connective details in the entire MCU: black oozing from his eyes and mouth as a reminder to the Kree of the lies he saw and spewed while serving an Infinity Stone, instead of his people.

MORE: Why Captain Marvel Didn’t Help The Avengers Sooner

2019-04-21 03:04:25

Andrew Dyce

Thanos Taunts the Avengers in New Endgame TV Spot

A brand new Avengers: Endgame TV spot features Thanos taunting the remaining heroes. In less than a week, Marvel Studios’ much-anticipated blockbuster will hit theaters and The Infinity Saga will finally come to a close. A direct sequel to last year’s Avengers: Infinity War, the film is directed by Joe and Anthony Russo with the story written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.

Infinity War saw Thanos accomplish his life-long goal of balancing the universe by wiping out half of its life, enacting The Decimation with the use of the Infinity Gauntlet, complete with all six Infinity Stones despite a galant effort by the MCU heroes to stop him. His success didn’t come without any losses, however, as he needed to sacrifice his beloved adopted daughter, Gamora in order to acquire the Soul Stone. By the end Infinity War, the Mad Titan mulls on his journey as he retires on a new planet called Titan 2, and marketing for Endgame confirms that he is still there living a peaceful life. But his new quiet life as a farmer will soon get disrupted when the remaining Avengers come to avenge the fallen in Avengers 4 as teased by this latest promo clip.

Related: New Avengers: Endgame TV Spots Reveal Never-Before-Seen Footage

This newly-released Endgame TV spot is composed of previously-released footage, but it includes never-before-heard dialogue of Thanos defending his decision to decimate half of life in the universe. He ends his narration by calling to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, saying “let’s finish this.” While there’s no visual context for his speech, there’s a good chance that this takes place during his big battle with the heroes, something that was already teased in several other clips. Watch the video (via The Marvel Wave) below:

Thanos has been mostly absent in the Endgame marketing, particularly in their earlier releases. In the posters, he’s only a figure at the back, with the focus on the heroes – especially the core six Avengers. This goes with the idea that Avengers 4 will be from the perspective of the heroes, unlike Infinity War which was primarily told from the Mad Titan’s point-of-view. Narrative-wise, it also means that the Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and the rest of the team will take it upon themselves to go after the Mad Titan – as revealed in earlier spots. Whether or not that original plan will do the trick of restoring peace and order in the galaxy remains to be seen. Considering the fact that Thanos has a new armor and weapon in the upcoming film, he might actually be expecting the Avengers coming after him following The Decimation.

With what’s currently known about Spider-Man: Far From Home, it’s safe to assume that Earth’s Mightiest Heroes accomplish their goal of restoring the universe’s status quo. How exactly they do it and what ramifications it has for them and Thanos, however, remains to be seen. While it’s largely believed that Thanos will no longer be a key figure in the MCU after Avengers: Endgame, thanks to his strong ties with The Eternals (not to mention his immense popularity), many are hoping this won’t be the last time fans will see him in the franchise.

More: Tony Stark Doesn’t Want to Die in Avengers: Endgame TV Spot

Source: Marvel (via The Marvel Wave)

2019-04-20 07:04:58

Ana Dumaraog

The MCU’s Biggest Mistake Is Humanizing Thanos

The Marvel Cinematic Universe‘s biggest mistake in 11 years and 21 movies is humanizing Thanos as the villain in Avengers: Infinity War. The MCU kicked off more than a decade ago with Iron Man in 2008, and Marvel Studios is gearing up to release Avengers: Endgame, which is said to conclude the story the entire franchise has been telling so far. Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige termed the first three phases of the MCU the Infinity Saga since they built to the events of Infinity War and their aftermath.

Avengers: Infinity War was the beginning of the end, finally introducing a villain who’d only been teased in the MCU previously: Thanos. In the cliffhanger ending of Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos used all six Infinity Stones assembled in his Infinity Gauntlet to snap away half of life in the universe. As a way of building to that momentous event in the MCU, Infinity War focused on Thanos just as much as the franchise’s heroes, developing the Mad Titan enough so he wasn’t a one-note villain.

Related: Endgame Theory: The Avengers Win At The BEGINNING Of The Movie

However, though Avengers: Infinity War works to humanize Thanos and evolve him from a soulless threat into a three-dimensional villain, there were unintended consequences of how that depiction of the Mad Titan works amid the larger MCU. Prior to Infinity War, Thanos is largely developed through other characters’ relationships to him. Infinity War, in a manner of speaking, attempts to redeem Thanos enough to make him compelling, especially in the sequence where he acquires the Soul Stone, but it winds up putting the MCU in a terrible position that it seems unlikely they’ll be able to get out of in Avengers: Endgame. So, humanizing Thanos was the MCU’s biggest mistake.

  • This Page: The MCU Failed to Develop Thanos Before Infinity War
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  • Page 3: Why Humanizing Thanos Was The MCU’s Biggest Mistake

The MCU Failed to Develop Thanos Before Infinity War

Before making his official debut in the first scene of Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos was largely relegated to post-credits scenes of various MCU movies, starting with The Avengers in 2012. The one exception is, of course, Ronan meeting with Thanos in Guardians of the Galaxy. But even then, there’s not much to be gleaned about Thanos’ character from that scene, just like there’s very little characterization in the post-credits scenes aside from establishing Thanos as a menacing villain.

The majority of Thanos’ characterization in the MCU prior to Infinity War is delivered second-hand by various characters, particularly in Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. In the first Guardians, viewers learn that both Thanos’ adoptive daughters, Gamora and Nebula, hate him and betray him. They go to great lengths to make sure Ronan – and, by extension, Thanos – never gets his hands on the Power Stone. Gamora tries to sell the stone to the Collector, then gives it to Xandar to protect, while Nebula switches allegiances to Ronan when she learns he’ll kill Thanos with the stone after decimating Xandar. It’s also in Guardians that we learn Thanos is responsible for the deaths of Drax’s wife and daughter, using Ronan to terrorize Drax’s home world and, it’s implied, a number of other worlds.

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Then, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 dives deeper into the trauma Gamora and Nebula underwent as children of Thanos. The movie reveals Thanos would force the sisters to fight as young girls and when Nebula would lose, Thanos would replace a piece of her with a cybernetic enhancement, essentially torturing the young girl. In the film, Nebula reveals she resented Gamora for winning so much and for not being a proper sister, but the two come to recognize the abuse each other faced from Thanos and are able to begin moving forward with a less combative sisterly relationship.

It’s through Gamora and Nebula’s trauma, as well as Drax’s grief over his family, that reveals most of what MCU viewers know about Thanos prior to Infinity War. He’s someone who murders women and children, who uses someone like Ronan the Accuser to do his dirty work, who pitted two young girls against each other in combat and tortured whoever lost. Although Drax finds a little bit of peace in killing Ronan in Guardians of the Galaxy and Gamora and Nebula are able to forge a new bond over their shared childhood trauma, it still paints a very clear picture of Thanos. And that picture is of an unrepentant monster. But Avengers: Infinity War tries to walk that characterization back.

Next Page: Thanos Is (Almost) Irredeemable; Gamora & The Soul Stone Humanize Him

Thanos Is Irredeemable In Avengers: Infinity War (Almost)

Avengers: Infinity War dives into Thanos’ backstory for the first time, offering viewers an explanation for why the Mad Titan does what he does. The movie also reveals how Gamora became his adoptive daughter, depicting Thanos and his army on her home world, slaughtering half the population, including her mother and the rest of her family. Thanos takes Gamora for himself, giving her a special switchblade and raising her to be an assassin – a tool for him to use. And based on Guardians of the Galaxy, where it’s described that Thanos “lent” Gamora and Nebula to Ronan, Thanos seems to treat his daughters as tools, objects to be lent out, more than people in their own right.

The scene of how Thanos found Gamora also displays his cold, ruthless tactic of wiping out half a planet’s population in his quest to balance the universe. Infinity War, of course, reveals the reason for his mission: When Thanos still lived on Titan, the planet was threatened by catastrophic overpopulation. He suggested killing half the population at random in order to save the planet and their race, but his idea was rejected and Titan fell to their overpopulation, with the planet becoming uninhabitable and the race nearly extinct. In Thanos’ mind, his mission is a righteous one, saving other planets and races from themselves by killing half their population. He views the job as thankless, but necessary.

Related: Avengers: Endgame Theory – Thanos Will Reverse The Snap Himself

Avengers: Infinity War explaining Thanos’ motivations is essential to developing the Mad Titan as a three-dimensional villain. Similar to Black Panther’s Erik Killmonger, in his mind Thanos has a righteous mission – protecting the universe from the same fate that befell Titan – but his methods are irredeemably evil. Infinity War never frames Thanos’ actions as anything but evil. But when the movie attempts to humanize the villain through his relationship with Gamora, Infinity War takes it too far.

Gamora & The Soul Stone Humanize Thanos

In addition to revealing Thanos’ motivations for his decimation of various planets and races, Avengers: Infinity War develops the relationship between Thanos and Gamora. This development is used both as a way of humanizing Thanos, and as a story point later on in the movie. Infinity War attempts to establish that Thanos truly cares for Gamora, that he saw strength in her from the time she was a child and grew to love her as his own daughter as he raised her to one day inherit his throne. Despite her betrayal in Guardians of the Galaxy, in Infinity War he believes Gamora can still be loyal to him and help him in his mission.

Avengers: Infinity War lays it on thick, attempting to depict a softer side of Thanos through his relationship with Gamora, but that love and devotion also becomes the reason he must sacrifice her on Vormir in order to obtain the Soul Stone. Looking at it from a story point, if the Soul Stone requires someone wishing to obtain it to sacrifice the person they love most, then Infinity War must establish a character Thanos loves enough that killing them would be a sacrifice – and Gamora is chosen to be that character. Certainly, there are seeds of her being his favorite daughter as far back as Guardians of the Galaxy, but until Infinity War, there’s no real hint that he loves her as more than his favorite tool. And Infinity War itself must rush the characterization of their relationship so much that it doesn’t actually make sense.

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Throughout the entirety of the MCU, Thanos is portrayed as a psychopath. He’s unrepentant about the atrocities he’s committed, he doesn’t feel guilty for or empathetic to the millions – potentially billions – he’s killed. And even his relationships with his daughters lack love, as evidenced by the way he tortured them as children and adults. He treated them with little to no empathy and then once they became the assassins he trained them to be, lent them out like tools rather than treating them like people in their own right. These are all traits typical of a psychopath. The lack of emotional attachments is another trait, one that Thanos displays up until the writers and creatives behind Avengers: Infinity War need him to have an emotional attachment in order to move the story forward.

Although Infinity War attempts to establish that Thanos actually does have an emotional attachment to Gamora, it doesn’t make sense for his character. He isn’t capable of love, until he needs to be capable of love to move the story forward and obtain the Soul Stone. But his type of love still isn’t what many would call love and, in fact, the implications of this particular character and story beat have an underlying message that potentially ruins the MCU for certain viewers.

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Why Did Infinity War Humanize Thanos In This Way?

Thanos’ character being rewritten in order to move the story forward would typically just be bad writing, but this particular choice has vile implications in the larger MCU and, ultimately, on Avengers: Infinity War audiences. As much as Marvel Studios, directors Anthony and Joe Russo and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely may have felt justified in their choices with regard to making Thanos’ story in Avengers: Infinity War work within the confines of the MCU, all these fictitious characters and this fictitious world are viewed by very real people. And one of the reasons the MCU is such a success is that these characters and this world strike a chord with viewers. The movies are crafted to get emotional responses out of audiences, but in the case of Thanos’ relationship with Gamora, Avengers: Infinity War sends the completely wrong message.

Based on the fact that Thanos is able to obtain the Soul Stone by sacrificing Gamora, Infinity War seems to imply that everything Thanos did to Gamora was OK because he loved her. This is implied through Gamora’s realization that Thanos really loves her. That realization is played like a plot twist more than an abuse survivor trying to reconcile that the abuse they suffered was out of love. Or, even if that’s not how audiences interpret the film, the Soul Stone scene centers Thanos’ love for Gamora over the trauma she suffered at his hands, positioning it as more important. For viewers with abusive parents, the scene either implies that what their abusive parents did was OK if it was out of love, or that their trauma isn’t as important as their parents’ love.

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So either the film’s writers and directors didn’t consider the larger implications of what that scene would mean to real people who’d been abused by their parents, or they did and simply didn’t care. To Marvel, the Russos’, Markus and McFeely’s credit, it was likely the former, and they surely didn’t have any malicious intent. But that doesn’t make the harmful message of Avengers: Infinity War to viewers with abusive parents any less real. Further, Avengers: Infinity War takes the incredibly problematic stance that an abusive, seemingly psychopathic person can love, and their love is pure enough that sacrificing a person they abused will be a great loss to them.

Why Humanizing Thanos Was The MCU’s Biggest Mistake

In an attempt to develop Thanos as a villain, something Marvel has been trying to do over the last few years to course correct after the villains of Phases 1 and 2 were criticized for being underdeveloped, Avengers: Infinity War actually includes a very harmful message about what constitutes as love. Certainly, fans of the MCU appreciate that Marvel Studios filmmakers have worked hard to humanize the villains of their movies because it ultimately elevates the films overall. But Marvel filmmakers must be conscientious of the messages they’re sending with their movies and, for the most part, they are. Even when the villains are complicated, like Black Panther’s Killmonger, the characters and their actions are still framed as evil.

But in the creatives’ attempt to humanize Thanos through his love for Gamora, Avengers: Infinity War has a, presumably unintended, message about what love is – that an abusive father can love the daughter he traumatized – and centers that “love” as more important than the trauma he inflicted. It goes against everything the MCU has established with their films thus far. The MCU champions heroes, people who see wrong in the world and strive to right it, who battle obstacles from within and without, who may make mistakes but will ultimately work to atone for them.

Infinity War subverts the MCU formula by centering the villain and seeing him win, which for the most part works well. But through humanizing Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, Marvel inadvertently champions that villain and delivers a message that’s an affront to what the MCU is meant to stand for. Avengers: Infinity War unapologetically hurts the real people its fictional heroes are meant to protect, and that’s why humanizing Thanos’ is the MCU’s biggest mistake.

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2019-04-20 04:04:57

Molly Freeman

Brie Larson Teases the Easiest Way for Captain Marvel to Kill Thanos

Since it’s almost inevitable that Thanos will be killed in Avengers: Endgame, Brie Larson has offered her opinion on how Captain Marvel could pull it off. There has plenty of speculation as to how the Avengers will take down the Mad Titan – including a theory involving Ant-Man entering his butt and blowing him up from the inside out – and Larson definitely has an intriguing approach.

By the end of Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers (Larson) easily earns a spot among Earth’s Mightiest Heroes (even though she’s spent decades away from Earth). Solving the mystery of her past, defeating enemies, and forming new alliances, she’s become one of the strongest super-powered characters in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now that she’ll be officially joining Team Avengers in Avengers: Endgame, Thanos should be concerned. However, as far as what Captain Marvel’s plan might be to stop Thanos for good, Larson has a couple options – one that seems very on-brand with Captain Marvel, and one that is certainly… unexpected.

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In a special segment on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in which the cast of Avengers: Endgame are asked various questions about the upcoming film, Larson is asked what Captain Marvel has up her sleeves when it comes to finishing off Thanos. Her first answer is a fake-out, saying that she’d simply use “compassion.” When asked if she’s being serious, she says, “No. I’m going to punch him into the sun.” 

Captain Marvel has already been hyped as the strongest member of the Avengers, so Larson’s method of killing Thanos isn’t exactly far-fetched. Before Captain Marvel had even gone into production, Kevin Feige made it clear that the character is the most powerful member of the Avengers. So, even if her actual method of defense in Avengers: Endgame doesn’t exactly line up with what Larson said in the segment, it’s still probably something that she’s perfectly capable of pulling off.

As of now, it’s tough knowing what to believe when it comes to the cast of Avengers: Endgame saying anything about the film. Given how tight-lipped they need to be, any information they give could either be a flat-out lie or possibly some variation of the truth revealed solely for the sake of misdirection – though maybe that’s just wishful thinking. In the end, though it might be fitting for one of the original Avengers to take down Thanos, Captain Marvel would still probably be the best option.

More: 10 Powers Captain Marvel Can Use To Defeat Thanos in Avengers: Endgame

Source: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

2019-04-18 06:04:26

Danny Salemme

Here’s Why Thanos Used To Have A Thanos Copter (Seriously)

Long before Thanos became the most dangerous foe in the MCU he once flew around in a Thanos Copter – here’s where the infamous meme comes from. It’s almost difficult to imagine a time when Thanos wasn’t a major part of the MCU, but it was only when Joss Whedon suggested the character appear in a post-credit stinger for The Avengers did the Mad Titan become the puppet master villain of the entire cinematic universe.

Thanos is driven by the need to bring “balance” to the universe by wiping out half of all living things, and to do this he seeks to find all six Infinity Stones and unite them with his Infinity Gauntlet. This makes him the overarching villain of both Phase 2 and 3 but despite being properly introduced in Guardians Of The Galaxy, played by Josh Brolin, he doesn’t really make his presence felt until Avengers: Infinity War. That said, he quickly became the deadliest bad guy of the entire series, and the film ends with him succeeding in his goal to wipe out half the universe.

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Avengers: Endgame will deal with the aftermath of Thanos’ now iconic snap, where the surviving heroes work together to find a way to undo his mass genocide. Infinity War established Thanos’ badass credentials early on when he easily defeats The Hulk in a fight, but it’s fair to say one of the more embarrassing moments from his comic book appearances came from 1979 comic Spidey Super Stories #39, where he used his Thanos Copter to try and steal the Cosmic Cube, aka The Tesseract.

This now infamous vehicle was piloted by the Mad Titan during the story “The Cat And The Cosmic Cube.” Thanos uses the bright yellow helicopter – which is also emblazoned with his name – in order to claim the cube, only for Hellcat to kick it out his hand. It falls into an alley, where a kid finds it and uses the cube’s awesome power to conjure an ice cream. Spider-Man also gets involved in the chase for the cube and the whole storyline ends on an even more embarrassing note for Thanos when he’s arrested by regular cops.

Needless to say, Josh Brolin’s Thanos probably won’t be getting a Thanos Copter in Avengers: Endgame – despite a passionate fan petition asking for its inclusion. The Thanos Copter also made an appearance in an issue of Deadpool and later received a Mattel Hot Wheels toy in 2018. The Thanos Copter has become a popular meme among fans too, because the sight of the Mad Titan flying around in a tiny little helicopter never fails to bring a small.

Next: Thanos’ Role In Guardians Of The Galaxy Explained

2019-04-17 05:04:47

Padraig Cotter