Thanos is one scary dude, yes. But he's good, too Image: You Tube/ Marvel Entertainment
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Destiny will arrive, has arrived and will arrive again! The minute the trailer of Avengers: Infinity War hit us last year, we were all mighty impressed by the huge-a*s purple guy (played by Josh Brolin) on the quest for his Infinity Stones to complete his Beyblade, err, Tacos, err, Gauntlet.
The common belief is that the Avengers are the good guys, trying to save the Earth and other universes, if they can, from the wrath of Thanos —who being a nihilist wants to destroy life.
Gamora described her step-dad as, "The entire time I knew him, he only ever had one goal. To wipe out half the universe. If he gets all the Infinity Stones, he can do it with the snap of his fingers."
And we know he did snap 'em fingers and poof went half of the universe's population — which includes all the new Avengers recruits. Sorry Spidey, nobody wanted you to go. Nobody.
But what if the big guy is not such a bad guy, after all? What if he's the good guy, often misunderstood? (In the same way Loki was?)
At the risk of receiving a lot of flak from one and all, we would like to state that in our humble opinion, Thanos the Titan doesn't seem like such a bad person to us.
Think it through from his perspective for a second, he's doing it all, bearing on his shoulders the responsibility of restoring balance of the whole effin' universe. Who gave him that mantle to hold? Talk to the Marvel nerds!
In the movie, too, he is shown to have a side that not every villain in any universe has the guts to bare. He shows his emotions, bares his weaknesses, be it in the tears he lets out while letting go of Gamora or the relief he feels upon watching that sunset he hoped to see on the horizon of the grateful universe after he has accomplished his goal.
He even lips to baby Gamora's spirit how it took "everything" from him to do what he had to do.
He, for one, isn't even afraid to admit to his failure — of coming too close to snapping the universe away in the past.
His words, too, are full of agony. He says, "In time, you will know what it's like to lose. To feel so desperately that you're right. Yet to fail all the same. Dread it. Run from it. Destiny still arrives."
His words are so heavy on the emotions, as if they come from so much pain — from a person who just seeks rest. When he says, "When I'm done, half of humanity will still exist. Perfectly balanced, as all things should be," — you can see it in his face that he's just doing what he supposed to, with a very heavy heart.
In the process,Thanos is ready to give it all up. He sacrifices it all, becomes the guy all shall fear. This exchange Thanos has with Dr Strange is one of the strangest moments in the film:
Thanos: With all six stones, I can simply snap my fingers, they would all cease to exist. I call that mercy.
Dr. Stephen Strange: And then what?
Thanos: I finally rest, and watch the sunrise on a grateful universe.
It's where you get the glimpse of what the man truly wants. For it all to end, for his responsibility to be done with.
We hear in the comics, he realises and repents for what he's done. He may have done horrible things, tortured and sacrificed his daughters, but at least he's not arrogant about it and oblivious to his follies.
We are in no way saying that what he's done is right. His methods are definitely wrong. But isn't this anti-hero more relatable than our superheroes who ALWAYS do the right thing?
What if Thanos is actually a big guy, total softie at heart, misunderstood every step of the way and acting out based on his emotions?
Sounds like Hulk? If we are okay with Hulk, why are we not okay with Thanos? Yeah, yeah... we get that at least our green guy didn't want to wipe out beings out of existence. But you get the drift. Give Thanos a chance.
P.S. There are various moments in the comics where Thanos shows signs of being a good guy, doing what he thinks is right. You may want to discuss this with your geeky Marvel friend. Chances are they might just agree with us. Or thrash the hell out of us.