Shown as a flashback, when Thanos lands at Zen-Whoberi, the home planet of Gamora, he separates the population in the group of two. Only one group will live to see the next day. “They were already dying,” Thanos justifies the killings later in the movie. In there, he sees a young vivacious Gamora and immediately develops a fatherly liking for her. Even though he is merciless to see thousands of people die in front if him, he still brings Gamora to one side, turning her back towards the crowd so that she can’t see the massacre. You don’t often see this side of Villains.
Thanos represents a duality that is intrinsic to our life. When Thanos reaches Voldmir to find one of the stones, a prophecy announces that only when he sacrifices something that he truly loves that he can get that stone. Gamora laughs at Thanos. She ridicules that it’s ironic and comical considering he never loved anyone. And that’s when Thanos hardened wrinkled face darkens. His eyes welling up in sadness of a father. For he truly loved Gamora, and now he has to sacrifice her (the only person or thing he truly loves) in his quest for his goal of restoring balance in this world.
And that is what makes Marvel Characters more likeable than DC.
There are different shades of its character. Unlike DC Universe, Marvel stories are set in real cities. Its heroes having a real-life problem just like the common man. While Peter Parker is fighting the villains as Spiderman he is also grappling with issues like every other teenaged boy of his age. Old Captain Rogers is trying to find his grip in a world too young for his age while putting his life at stake to save New York. Tony Stark is using his money to build super suits while failing miserably at his personal life. And amidst all this, the Avengers is a team not unlike the teams we find ourselves in our real life. Far from perfect, even dysfunctional, sometimes delivering exceeding even its own expectations.
With the infinity war, the Russo Brothers (Director Duo) have extended this trait even to the main villain of the story. Thanos is governed by one principle in his life that directs his whole life. So even though his sons are killing off half the population of Gamora’s home planet he covers her eyes so she can’t see the killing. This shows the dual side of Thanos, that even inside the tough exterior lied someone who had feelings, emotions.
The movie end must have astonished many movie watchers.
Even though we are used to heroes dying and resurrecting in the future instalments, the way in which it was done matched if not exceeded the infamous killings handed out in the hit HBO Series Game of Thrones. And even in the end, Thanos is doubtful. Almost rueing his actions as he is filled by the vision where his now-dead daughter asks him, “What did it cost you to achieve all this?” To which he remorsefully replies, “Everything.”
The last scene of the movie is wonderfully done. Almost poetic, when Thanos vanishes from the scene of battle after wiping off the world with the snap of his fingers. And reaches an unknown place in a universe from where he watches a beautiful red sun filling the view. (just as he had said he would see after achieving his purpose.) But you can see in those hunched shoulders and almost moist eyes. Even though he has achieved all that he had ever wanted. Yet, he feels empty, a void as big as the universe in his heart.
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