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Why Thanos is the hero of 'Avengers: Infinity War'

Thanos in 'Infinity War'

We are officially one month away from the release of “Avengers: EndGame.”

Since the announcement of the title, there have been two trailers released and a movie poster. Fans everywhere have been speculating about the events that could happen in the upcoming summer blockbuster.

I have given a lot of thought to the events that happened in “Avengers: Infinity War” and how the entire “Infinity Saga” (22 movies) could possibly come to a satisfying conclusion.

The only movie sagas I can think of that come relatively close to the scale of this one are “Star Wars” and “Lord of the Rings,” but those seem miniscule in comparison to the “Infinity Saga” Marvel Studios has created.

There are still similarities between each, though.

The biggest similarity I could think of between each series is the overarching hero of the entire saga. In the original six “Star Wars” movies, Anakin is the overarching hero. In the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, it’s Frodo. Each of the heroes go through a dark period in their development but end up saving the day at the end.

But who is the overarching hero of the entire “Infinity Saga”?

Some would be quick to say Tony Stark/Iron Man or Steve Rogers/Captain America is the hero of this saga, considering they are two of the most exposed heroes in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. Some may have other opinions on who the overarching hero is.

I, however, have a different and probably unpopular opinion as to who the hero of the entire “Infinity Saga” is.

Thanos.

That’s right, I believe The Mad Titan himself is the overarching hero of the entire MCU up to this point. Here is why:

Screen time

Although he isn’t really fleshed-out in Marvel movies before “Infinity War,” the threat of him is always looming in the background. In “Infinity War,” Thanos has the most screen time of any character.

“Infinity War” and “EndGame” director Joe Russo mentioned in an interview the scale of Thanos’ roll in the movie.

"[Thanos] was a threat but he was not developed in any way up to this point,” Russo said. “Thanos has an incredible amount of screen time in this film, in a lot of ways I would say it's his movie.

Usually only superheroes get their own movie.

Think about after all the credits rolled at the end of “Infinity War” too. Fans were used to seeing “Tony Stark will Return” or “Black Panther will return,” but what did we get at the end of “Infinity War”? “Thanos will return.”

Motivation

Thanos’ motivation is ultimately a good one. Sure he might have gone about it in the wrong way, but he wants to end the suffering of the universe. Why is that a bad thing?

Anakin Skywalker only wanted to save the life of his wife and kids. That was his reason for turning to the dark side. Thanos, likewise, only wants to help planets and species around the universe not meet the fate of his home world, Titan, that fell due to overpopulation.

In his words, Thanos sacrificed “everything” for the betterment of the universe.

Overcoming the odds

Heroes usually overcome a lot of obstacles before they succeed in making the world peaceful once again. Thanos is no different.

All the odds were stacked against Thanos. He had to overcome the entire Nova Corps to get the power stone, had to take on all of the remaining Asgardians (including Thor, Loki and the Hulk) to get the space stone, had to seek out The Collector and overcome the Guardians of the Galaxy to get the reality stone, had to kill his favorite step-daughter to acquire the soul stone, had to beat a handful of Avengers on his home world to get the time stone, and, finally, had to beat all of the Wakanda forces and remaining Avengers to get the mind stone.

He was even stabbed in the chest, and through sheer force-of-will was able to snap his fingers before Thor could inflict any more damage on him.

If those aren’t unfavorable odds stacked against Thanos, I don’t know what is.

Redemption

The heroes in “Star Wars” and “Lord of the Rings” all went through a dark time in their character development before they were redeemed. Anakin became Darth Vader, and Frodo was overcome by the greed of the Ring.

Likewise, I believe that Thanos will have his redemption in “EndGame.” I do not think there is a way for the Avengers to succeed in bringing everyone back without the help of Thanos. After the snap, the gauntlet was destroyed. Thanos is also probably the only person who could possibly restore the gauntlet to its original state and is the only one with the knowledge needed to wield such a weapon.

The loss of his adopted daughter Gamora obviously impacted Thanos in a way no one expected. I believe this will be why he goes back on his wrongdoings, ultimately redeeming himself.

Thanos is not the hero we all wanted. He is, however, the hero we all deserve.

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