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Thanos: Marvel’s Second Favorite Josh Brolin

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Have people realized that after Loki says “Odin’s son” and looks at Thor teary eyed then drops his gaze and says “swear to you my undying fidelity”, he’s actually saying that to Thor? It was around the same moment the knife appeared in his hand. He decided he was dying for his brother then, and he wanted to settle all the history between them and he wanted him to know he was loyal to him until his dying breath. The look in Thor’s eyes shows that he understood what it means and he’s so goddamn scared. It fucks me up.

This is super wishful thinking bit wouldn’t it be great if the way they defeat Thanos in infinity war two is through the only humans(ish) who’ve successfully wielded an infinity stone i.e. Peter(he’s the ish in humanish) and JANE wouldn’t that be such a great way to bring her back 😍 ah if only I barely remember anything about the infinity stones but I’m just imagining like, loki, Jane, peter, and idk doctor strange with their hands all shoved inside the infinity gauntlet because it’s so big 😂

YES on all counts and holy shit that’s a good point about Jane! Also, Gamora must be there! I really love the theory going that, cos she technically sacrificed herself for Nebula, she’s the true welder of the Soul Stone and Thanos’s shit doesn’t even count. So gosh I hope all of this happens INCLUDING everyone cramming a hand in the gauntlet




my primary reaction to infinity war is like…. wow. under hypercapitalism we literally can’t imagine any other fables about resource scarcity, huh?

i’m not even talking about only thanos. every time thanos said his plan to kill half the galaxy (because it’s “finite,” lol ok one-semester-of-econ guy) the other characters were like “no!” or “you can’t!” or “that’s madness!” instead of… counter-arguing, or saying anything like “couldn’t you just… double the resources with a snap of your fingers?” obviously, nobody wants thanos to murder all those people, but it’s also as if everyone tacitly accepts his framing of the problem. “i want to kill half the universe because of resource scarcity,” he says, and everyone says “no, that’s too cruel!!” instead of “wait… wait just a fucking second there, paul ryan.” they don’t even have a line like that even when they’re talking amongst themselves, just musing at how twisted his worldview is, that he can only imagine infinite power as an infinite power to kill. no time is spent imagining an alternative.

and i can’t help but think about how we in the quote-unquote “first world” treat the resource consumption of the so-called “developing world.” we, who have enjoyed the pleasures and benefits of fridges and air conditioning and televisions and cars and convenience food and all that shit for generations: we look at the growing energy & plastics consumption of the developing world and go “uh oh, they’re really running the tab up over there, we can’t let this happen, think of the…. trees!!!” we have the audacity to act like people living in poverty in the tropics wanting window fans is selfish and short-sighted for the environment, and meanwhile we use and waste all the energy and resources we can get ahold of, like a continent full of montgomery burnses.

infinity war could have taken thanos’s approach to scarcity somewhere bigger: somewhere that was useful as a parable for our hypocrisy. the way that ragnarok was brave enough to make a parable of empire; the way that black panther could explore diaspora and identity; the way that the winter soldier actually had something to say about the surveillance-terror state. but for all the moving pieces of infinity war, i don’t think it knew where its central ethic rested. certainly, its characters showed the desire to preserve and protect life. but that’s true of any superhero film.

what it comes down to for me, is that it’s not enough for this movie’s theme to be “let’s protect people, because killing people is bad!” or even, sorry steve, “we don’t trade lives.” it’s not enough. thanos basically says, “there’s one bowl of soup and one spoon and two hungry people, so one of them has to die.” so what i needed was someone to openly reject that whole proposition. not just “no, you shouldn’t kill trillions,” but “no, that is fucking ludicrous, i reject that worldview. i reject human life as a brutal competition. group survival, even in the face of scarcity or hardship, is exactly what the fuck we developed culture for.” like, we could use that message. that message, delivered palatably in a blockbuster action movie, could do some good.

but it wasn’t really in there. maybe in little bits, in pieces. maybe. so i’m sure we’re going to have to endure a bunch of “welllll, thanos was a bad guy, but he did have a point about scarcity” metas. because we’re still failing to see how asking other people to die so that the rest can enjoy plenty is itself exactly the fucking problem on this bitch of an earth

i will acknowledge that gamora comes the closest to doing this. gamora comes down on thanos for slaughtering half her planet. but!! but! then thanos gets this horrible line about how the children who grew up after his genocide got to have “full bellies” and the planet’s a “utopia” now. and what does gamora get to say back to that? nothing! she doesn’t get a line after that! she looks angry and grief-stricken, but the writers don’t give her a single fucking thing to say in disagreement!! like, how about: “growing up as a traumatized survivor of genocide isn’t very fucking utopian????” the writers couldn’t imagine that fucking line?

gamora’s like “you don’t know that!” as though the existence of scarcity is a mystery on par with the nature of dark matter or the whereabouts of d.b. cooper

God this movie angers me, still.


(Gif by @starkked, not mine, just so I could get a closer look at Mantis’ body language)

Okay, but can I just say how freaking proud of Mantis I am here? Look at her! She holds her head high, back straight, looks directly in the eyes of the person she is talking to, and says with pure confidence and very vehemently what she means to say.

It’s such a far cry from how we first met Mantis on Ego’s planet – she may have been enthusiastic like a child whenever she discovered something she liked (“crappy puppy” included), but aside from that, she was subdued for a big part of the movie, shoulders drawn up, not making eye contact as long as Ego was in the vicinity, thinking of herself as a “useful flea”. Her whole body language screamed “don’t attract negative attention, be useful, don’t be in the way”.

Here, she stands proud and tall.

If I love anything in Infinity War, then it’s Mantis being confident – and that in the face of strangers on top of it.