Avengers: Infinity War was probably the best movie of this year, but now people are hyped about what Avengers: Endgame is going to bring for us. Instead of giving us a hint at the plot, the Russos gave us a trailer which reminded us of the brutal Decimation event that ended Infinity War. Thanos said he’d wipe out half the Universe, and he did. He portrayed himself as the savior of the Universe, but did he actually want to save it?
Thanos is the biggest villain of the MCU, and his motivations were totally understandable. But this is a being that has been brought up in hatred and criticism. What’s to say that this wasn’t just his sick twisted way of getting back at the entire Universe for the backlash he has endured throughout his life? He is a cynical maniac after all. Sure he does have emotions, but he does not really care for a life of an individual. He’s out there killing civilizations, so a person like that just cannot have good intentions overall.
Considering this fact, Reddit user named thomascgalvin has come up with his theory explaining the fact that why exactly did Thanos not want to save the Universe. Here’s the theory:
“In Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos talks at length about how overpopulation and overconsumption has thrown the universe out of balance, and how half of all life must be destroyed in order to restore the equilibrium.
As evidence for this, he cites his own world of Titan, once prosperous, now desolate, and described how his plan to randomly kill half of the population would have saved them. He also points to the worlds he’s conquered, which are now apparently thriving.
All of this makes it seem like Thanos wants the Infinity Stones so that he can save the universe, so that he can save the people of the universe from themselves.
But I don’t think that’s true. With the Stones, Thanos has nigh-omnipotent power. He could have doubled resources instead of halving the population, for example, or sterilized half of the universe, which would gradually bring population numbers down without killing anybody.
But he didn’t do that. Why? Not due to lack of creativity, but out of spite.
Thanos was furious that his plan to save Titan was ignored, and he viewed the universe at large as a mass of greedy, selfish, base creatures. They didn’t deserve to be saved. So instead, Thanos used the Infinity Gauntlet to punish them, and to teach them a lesson about their own avarice.”
While I partly agree to what the Redditor is pointing out here, but he could not have doubled the resources just like that. He becomes Omnipotent getting the Infinity Stones and Universal Genocide is certainly not the answer to achieve the right balance. Thanos could have taken strategic steps to solve the problems of the Universe instead of acting as Judge, Jury, and Executioner.
Also, Joe Russo explained why he couldn’t have just doubled the resources:
“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.”
But with the aftermath of the Decimation, we will see Thanos be proven wrong. What he did does not help the Universe, it further destroys it by ruining the natural law of nature. So we just cannot wait to see what story arc Thanos would portray in Avengers: Endgame. For now, he is satisfied after fulfilling his destiny and spending his last few days as a farmer on what you may call Titan 2.
Rest we will only get more details for the film once the next stage of marketing begins. Avengers: Endgame comes out on April 26. Here’s the official Synopsis of the movie:
“A culmination of 22 interconnected films the fourth installment of the Avengers saga will draw audiences to witness the turning point of this epic journey. Our beloved heroes will truly understand how fragile this reality is and the sacrifices that must be made to uphold it.”