In Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos believed random genocide was necessary and good for the universe, and that overpopulation was a problem he needed to solve. He isn’t the first to make this argument, though he may be the first to advocate for random genocide as a solution. Sean explores the question many have asked since watching the movie: Is Thanos really so evil?
Most people are able to watch The Avengers: Infinity War without thinking it’s completely ridiculous that the story is about a purple body builder that wants to wipe out half the universe with a glove. That’s because over the years, Marvel has slowly built up a universe in which that all makes complete sense. In the real world, it’s not so different. Seemingly crazy ideas actually aren’t so crazy one you follow the logical steps to get there.
Going in I knew that Ragnarok was the Norse mythology version of an apocalypse – the end of times. So I knew that a major theme or plot point would be the destruction of Asgard, especially given that Hela is the goddess of death. Other than a great excuse for some cool effects and a plot device, the theme of Ragnarok turns out to be not merely destruction, but necessary destruction. An end that is in truth a new and necessary beginning.