Avengers: Infinity War delivered one of the most shocking moments in movie history when we saw Thanos wipe out half of all life in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The result was watching some of our favorite heroes turn into dust in front of our very eyes to the disbelief of many. Black Panther, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, and Nick Fury are just among the many that were apparently killed by Thanos’ deadly finger snap, and for that, there must be revenge. Although in Thanos’ mind there was certainly some sort of moral high ground that he was taking, you can’t help but shake your head at the magnitude of horror Thanos was able to inflict upon the MCU.
All it took was assembling the Infinity Stones inside of the Infinity Gauntlet, and with one snap of his fingers, the universe was forever changed. However, when thinking about the kind of mindset and resolve that it takes to pull something like this off, the first question that many would ask is ‘Why?’ What would be the motive if not pure evil for an extremely complex villain like Thanos?
According to Joe Russo, one of the directors on Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos’ plan wasn’t about salvation after all, contrary to popular belief. There was some dialogue about saving the universe from destroying itself courtesy of a lack of resources and overpopulation, but there’s something much more personal about it all.
The director said in the audio commentary in the home release:
“People have asked us why Thanos didn’t just use the Stones to double the resources in the universe since clearly, he has not… Well, he was told no to an idea that he had that he felt was the only solution. And then was proved right to himself when that solution was not acted upon. So, his Messianic complex – he is now committed to following through on the idea that he had many, many years ago.”
The situation that Joe is referring to must stem from Thanos’ experience on Titan which ended up falling to ruin just as Thanos expected that it would. So in some ways, it seemed like The Mad Titan is making up for lost time and ensuring that his way of problem-solving is enforced for the greater good of the whole in fear of the same events repeating themselves.
But now it’s more clear, thanks to the Russos, that Thanos has a complex and a point to prove after all these years. What do you think?