What’s the plural of Thanos? Would it be Thanos? Or Thanoses? Or Thani? I don’t know but I still kind of like the ring of this title anyway so I’m sticking with it. Once Avengers: Infinity War was finally upon us, one of its most discussed features was the character of Thanos. I’ve read many reviews or essays examining the film which make the point Avengers: Infinity War is more a film about Thanos than any of the superheroes, something writers/directors Joe and Anthony Russo have said themselves. What struck me most about Thanos when I first saw Avengers: Infinity War (and has continued to warrant further reflection with each subsequent viewing) is how different his motivations are in the film from the comics.
There goes a tale
Of a young, smart genius
Whose fate gave him immense powers
And laid the weight of the world on his shoulders
His age was never considered
When his life took a drastic turn
He just accepted his burden
And swore to never let his heroes down
But soon, one mistake of his turned into two,
And two into hundred,
He lost the trust of those he loved
And even more of those he looked up to
But amidst all the chaos and confusion,
Amidst the rise and fall of his soul,
He rose from the ashes of his defeat
Reborn as someone stronger than before.
His courage and self-belief
Has indeed taught me
That with great power,
Comes great responsibility.
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