Avengers Infinity War was one of the most anticipated superhero movies of the recent generations. For over a decade fans have eagerly waited for the day when Thanos would come for the earth’s mightiest heroes. We have seen so many villains fall like dominoes that it was finally time for the directors to introduce us to Thanos. An infallible Titan who is capable of destroying the entirety of creation on a whim if he so pleases. The Mad Titan has been the centerpiece of the first series plot of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, not that surprising for Thanos has had that honor many times in the Marvel comic multiverse and the main universe (Earth-616).
Russo brothers had said before that they wanted to make a Thanos movie before they ended Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but that idea was scrapped in favor of Infinity War. And you can see it clearly. At times Infinity War seems like more of a Thanos movie than anything else. The Mad Titan’s rampage to destroy half of all life in creation has been reduced to a self-righteous quest to perpetuate the existence of this dying universe. I don’t say that Thanos is wrong, or even that making the villain feel relatable is a bad move, in fact, it’s a brilliant move.
The only problem is that we do not see the cruel side of Thanos. Instead, the Mad Titan comes across as someone who is fighting his own war against the rest of the universe. And even though Thanos’ means can never be justified by his, he is, still, nonetheless, trying to make the universe a better way to live.
But the problem with that equation is that we don’t develop the hatred or fear for the character of Thanos as is necessary for the overall story progression in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But what if I tell you that you are yet to see the real madness of the Mad Titan. What if I told you that the crazed giant in Infinity War was nothing but the mere tip of an iceberg. Would you shake in your boots then? Would the thought of Thanos terrify you in your dreams then?
Well, I have a theory here, a theory that is bound to give you nightmares, and it includes the least favorite daughter of Thanos. The theory as posted by lionheart28 on Reddit details a sub-plot for Avengers 4 that has a good chance of occurring. What is it? You ask? Read on to find out.
Lionheart28 starts off the theory by talking about the relationship between Thanos and his adopted daughters. As we all know the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of Thanos has immense love for his favorite daughter Gamora. She is the thing that he loves the most in the universe, she is his sacrifice for the soul stone. She is his world and he destroys her by his own hands. Moving on, Thanos has had a tense relationship with Nebula, to say the least. To put it in simple terms Nebula wants Thanos’ head and Thanos wants to control Nebula because he thinks killing her would be beneath him.
“Nebula: you should’ve killed me when you had the chance
Thanos: it would’ve been a waste of parts”
Even this small exchange between adopted father and daughter shows us just how much hate is in between this pair. The Reddit user lionheart28 thinks that this hate will play a pivotal role in Avengers 4. Basically, the idea is that after successfully implementing the snap Thanos will start to live on Titan, trying to regain and reconstruct his gauntlet of power. While he does this, he will kidnap (or rather summon because Thanos is a literal God at this point with the power of infinity at his fingertips) Nebula to his throne room. He will then proceed torture Nebula much like the original Infinity War saga in the comics. Keeping her in a half dead and decomposed state but still alive so he can watch her squirm to his heart’s content.
It is here that the fandom thinks that we will explore the real dark psyche of Thanos and his true madness as the Titan who destroyed half of all life in creation on a whim. The fandom believes that the story will be explored by both torture scenes and by flashbacks to Thanos and Nebula’s past.