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Is the anti-God communist Thanos actually a capitalist?

Swarup Chakraborty

Spoiler Alert: Parts of the plot-line of Avengers: Infinity War find mention in the following article. If you haven’t yet watched the film but intend to do so then read the article at your own risk.

Thanos in Avengers - Infinity War

The climax of the latest offering from the Marvel Cinematic Universe left me with a number of questions. Disintegration into dust particles of a few Guardians of the Galaxy and some of the Avengers baffled me. Then I tried to find meaning in the madness that I had witnessed on the screen. The following points are purely my interpretation of the underlying politics in the plotline. I believe that characters in comic books and cartoon strips are essentially political messengers showing the leanings of their creators, so I tried to view them from my lens and not necessarily the view point of their makers.

The villain in the film is Thanos. While he has appeared as an anti-God (read communist) super-villain in the Marvel comics of the ‘70s till the ‘90s when US was waging a cold war with the communist forces, in his present manifestation he looked more aligned to the selfish capitalist forces of the world. A little tweaking in the spelling of his name and Thanos would have become ‘The Anus’ sounding quite similar to a moniker quite frequently used today: POTUS. I don’t know if the Thanos-POTUS connection, as I see it, was deliberate on the part of the makers of the film, unless they really are hard core Democrats or Libertarians, but I know one thing for sure that potty and anus have a linear connection.

In the climax, Thanos tells Thor that he should have gone for the head instead of the heart to make him incapable of snapping his fingers. It is that snap with which Thanos activates the annihilation of half of the population of the Universe, seeking the welfare of the other half who would then have access to its abundant resources. Thanos is murderous and all that he desires is unlimited power and the ability to exercise his will with impunity. With the present POTUS that appears to me as an uncanny similarity.

With some baffling questions left unanswered, the creators of the next film in the series will have a lot of explanation to offer if they would like to keep the audiences flocking to the theatres.

About the movie: Avengers: Infinity War is a 2018 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team the Avengers, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the nineteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). It is the sequel to 2012’s The Avengers and 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, while also picking up plot points from many other MCU movies, most notably Captain America: Civil WarThor: RagnarokDoctor Strange, and the two Guardians of the Galaxy films.

The movie had a world-wide release last Friday. Catch the film trailer here: