An Endgame for the Infinity Gauntlet

Does movie provide perfect balance for comic book?

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By Jenson Slauenwhite
Citizen Chronicle Entertainment Writer

With the snap of his fingers, Thanos wipes out half of all living beings on our planet. Now, the remaining superheroes must band together to try and reverse course.

“Avengers: Endgame” is the twenty-second film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, sequel to “Avengers: Infinity War.” Both films were based on the same Marvel comic book story arc, The Infinity Gauntlet. Like every other film that is based on something, there’s a certain change from its original source. There are so many differences when comparing these two films to the comic. For example, the inclusion of other characters, like Wolverine and Moon Knight. There are also a lot of different subplots that never return in this comic — such as whether MJ, the love of Spider-Man’s alter ego Peter Parker, survived “the snap.”

There is one difference that is the biggest change and that is Thanos’ storyline.

The Infinity Gauntlet comic debuted in 1992. Thanos does what he does for love. In the very first page of this story, Thanos already has all of the Infinity Stones! They were given to him by Mephisto, who is basically the devil. So what does Thanos do with it? He instantly goes to his crush and tries and woo her. Who is this lucky lady? It’s none other than Mistress Death herself. Thanos goes to her and basically says, and I’m paraphrasing here, “I got this disco ball glove that can make me do anything I want, check out how powerful I am!” Death doesn’t care at all, she doesn’t even say a word. So, Thanos makes a space castle monument for her — and she still doesn’t care! He also makes Nebula appear, who is in this weird limbo of being tortured and she can’t die nor live. You’d think Death would like that but she just doesn’t care; she still says nothing and has no reaction at all, it’s as if she’s dead.

Then, a light bulb goes off. Thanos has this wacky idea to create a female version of himself, and telling Death that this creation is much better than her in every way. How is that going to make your crush fall for you? Luckily, Mephisto is still there and he reminds Thanos that Death loves death, so he should kill something. Thanos is like “Oh, yeah!” and he snaps his fingers, wiping out half of the universe.

Death still doesn’t care.

A team of surviving heroes goes on to face Thanos, and he’s about to instantly kill them, but luckily Mephisto convinces him to show Death his strength by using only some power from the Infinity Gauntlet. Skipping a lot of the comic, after many people die and Thanos becomes a space god, his weakness is revealed.  In the comic, Thanos sets himself up for failure, no matter how much he craves power he believes that he isn’t worthy. He purposely gets that power just to fail. Imagine that in the films?

Speaking of films, he’s in some! His first appearance on the big screen is in the Avengers, after the credits, and then in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” we see him do nothing but sit on a chair and complain. In “Avengers: Age of Ultron” he puts on the gauntlet by himself! Finally, our favorite bald purple guy gets his own movie in 2018’s “Avengers: Infinity War.” His story in the films is so much more satisfying to watch.

He is basically this generation’s Darth Vader.

Thanos, portrayed by Josh Brolin, is phenomenal. Thanos’ storyline in these films is realistic because he believes what he’s doing is right. It’s not for love or personal gain, it’s just what he thinks is fair and for the good of the universe. In Thanos’ opinion, every population will die out because of the limited resources the planet has for them to survive. In order to save the populations, he kills half of them. At first, he does this by going planet-to-planet, lining people up (no matter how old or how wealthy they are) and killing them. Soon he finds out there is an easier way to do this, and that’s by getting all of the Infinity Stones. However, there is one small problem with his view on things. In “Avengers: Infinity War,” he tells his daughter, Gamora, that her race is all fine and dandy now and would have died if he hadn’t “saved it.” But in the first “Guardians of the Galaxy” film, it is said that Gamora is the last of her race. Since Thanos isn’t a liar, I feel like he was just saying that without any context. I also highly doubt that he goes back to the planets he “saved” and asks them if they’re doing okay. So Thanos is accidentally killing off different species throughout the galaxy.

I like the film Thanos much more than comic Thanos. The overall story is better too because it feels like our heroes have an actual fighting chance, whereas in the comic they clearly don’t. I personally can respect film Thanos a whole lot more than comic Thanos, just because of how he is. It feels like in the comic, Thanos is trying to get out of the “Pretending you don’t exist until you go away, zone.” There were 14,000,605 times where the Avengers lost against Thanos but won in one of them. There could have been an infinite amount of times for Thanos and Mistress Death to be together yet it would never happen. And that’s what I call perfectly balanced.


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