A subreddit dedicated to Thanos has decided to honor him by banning half its users. While many turned to the internet to express their shock at the end of Infinity War, some have decided to play devil’s advocate and throw their support behind the Mad Titan. This is despite there being evidence the villain is lying about the potential benefits of his methods. In Infinity War, Thanos claimed he was helping the universe avoid a similar fate to his home planet, Titan, which crumbled due to overpopulation. With the power of the Infinity Stones, he would indiscriminately wipe out half of the population.
Considering Infinity War's massive $2 billion box office total, it shouldn't come as any surprise Thanos has quickly become a pop culture staple. Shortly after the film's release, a website that told visitors if they were killed by Thanos was launched, allowing fans to see which of their friends would survive the genocidal snap. Now, a subreddit community is taking things a step further by actually banning half of its members.
The ThanosDidNothingWrong subreddit intends to ban half of its users as a tribute to the villain. Even though the site's administrators are not pleased with the idea, the mods are moving ahead with the plan to emulate Thanos' snap at the end of Infinity War, eliminating over 100,000 people (at the time of this writing). The-Jedi-Apprentice, one of the subreddit's mods, explained how it was all going to go down:
“[A Reddit-Admin] told me that doing a massive ban the day before July 4 was a terrible idea, because many of Reddit’s engineers would be out with their families. Also, the engineers would not be prepared for a mass ban so close to it. However, I presented a solution to these two problems, and now I have their permission to ban half the sub! The random 50% ban will take place on July 9th. The admins are designing a bot for me that will allow me to do the job in a quick and easy manner.”
For those who end up being “saved” by Thanos and are banned from the subreddit, the joke can continue. New subreddits called r/SoulWorld and r/InTheSoulStone exist as a new home for those who respect the ban. The titles refer to a popular theory about Infinity War where all those who disintegrated ended up inside the Soul Stone. In the comics, the Soul Stone serves as a gateway to an idyllic pocket universe that resides within the stone itself. Fans got a glimpse of the Soul World in Infinity War when Thanos was briefly taken to an orange skied peaceful realm where a young Gamora was waiting.
Update: The front page of Reddit was taken over by multiple updates to this Thanos subreddit situation, including a petition for Josh Brolin (who plays Thanos) to do the ban himself.
Ever since news spread of the plan for a playful reenactment of Infinity War, Marvel fans have been joining the subreddit in droves. The community serves as a place where likeminded members can meet and bond over one of the most heartbreaking MCU installments in a tongue and cheek way. Users will learn their fates on July 9, when the biggest ban in Reddit history is going to occur.