Okay. You’ve come to Earth and you’ve got a mission. You can snap humanity out of existence with a snap to provide perfect balance. All you need to do is keep Earth’s mightiest heroes from stopping you. Such is the journey that Thanos takes in Avengers: Infinity War. Pretty villainous, sure, but Kevin Smith offered up a different perspective.
During his Fatman on Batman show, Kevin Smith- and co-host Marc Bernardin- were asked to create a list of heroes and villains. Okay, fair enough. But Smith elected to pick the Avengers: Infinity War villain, wait for it, to join the heroes. As Smith put it:
“Controversial choice, Thanos. From a certain perspective he’s a hero. He could have literally wiped out everybody with one snap. I call that mercy.”
Well, when you put it that way, it’s hard to argue. Thanos elected to keep half of humanity around rather than getting rid of all life in existence. Instead, 50 percent gets to stick around when the dust settles. That’s a bargain. And even Avengers co-director Anthony Russo indicated in the past that Thanos sees himself as noble. Indeed, when the Mad Titan has the option to wipe out all of life, but only eliminates half, consider yourself blessed.
With that in mind, where do you stand on Thanos? Is he indeed a villain, or a merciful protector? If given the task, would you rank him as a hero? Let us know in the comments below.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Infinity War stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Pom Klementieff, Karen Gillan, Sean Gunn, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Sebastian Stan, Chadwick Boseman, Benedict Wong, Tom Hiddleston, Benicio Del Toro, Danai Gurira and Josh Brolin.
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