Warning: Potential SPOILERS for Avengers: Endgame
It seems like just yesterday that Thanos killed half of all life with a snap of his fingers, promising it would bring balance to Marvel's Universe. But now that we've seen the decimation of Earth, it's safe to confirm: Avengers: Endgame will prove Thanos is as stupid as his entire Infinity Stone mission.
In the wake of Avengers: Infinity War we explained why Thanos' master plan doesn't actually make sense, and how his assumption that cutting the universe's population in half would eventually KILL entire worlds, not save them. Apparently Marvel Studios may have agreed all along, with the Avengers: Endgame Super Bowl spot showing Earth has gotten worse, not better. But fans should hope that this confirmation does more than prove Thanos IS as dumb as we predicted. In fact, his master plan being a total failure may actually be what helps the Avengers defeat him once and for all.
- This Page: Why Thanos' Plan Never Made Sense At All
- Page 2: How Avengers: Endgame Proves Thanos Failed
The Thanos Plan: Kill Half to Save The Rest
On the surface, it's not hard to see the case originally made by Thanos, using his home planet of Titan as a single case study. With resources limited and population putting too great a strain on its own ability to survive, Thanos proposed a solution: cull half of the population, so that those not chosen to die can actually survive. He was called "mad" for the idea, and cast out. Where he had wanted to halve the population randomly, and thus fairly, famine and ruin eventually claimed the entire planet.
So began his mission, as explained to Gamora in Avengers: Infinity War. He had murdered half of her people, including her parents... and yet those who now lived on her world had full bellies, and a brighter future. By film's end, he did the same for all worlds, throughout all of the cosmos. Unfortunately, when Marvel took the extra step and explained that Thanos cut ALL life in half - including plants and animals - a major problem jumped out for even casual fans. The biggest problem in what is actually a 'master plan' filled with glaring, obvious problems. Problems that would have been spotted, if not for one crucial detail...
The Problem: Thanos is an Idiot
Thankfully, the major issue here isn't hard to grasp. Kill half of the Titans? The problem would be solved, with each member of the race now able to claim double their previous share of food, water, and space. The same would presumably be true for Gamora's people, as well. But execute the master plan that Thanos did - and wipe out half of all plants, animals, and any other living thing along with the species run amok - and you've missed the point. Half the people with half the food is the same problem. But what Thanos didn't realize is that he would actually make the situation much, much worse.
What does it mean for Avengers: Endgame? Judging by the latest trailer, Thanos succeeded only in killing Earth, and not making it more 'balanced' at all. Our planet is probably not the only civilized world to suffer from Thanos' miscalculations. Which means the stage is set for his failure to undo him completely...
Page 2 of 2: How Avengers: Endgame Proves Thanos Failed
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019