Perhaps all this is a thinly disguised form of environmentalism. Which has never concerned itself with facts anyway. And which wishes to commit genocide on a far wider scale than Thanos the Mad Titan.
His motivations were far less idiotic in the comics. Extremely evil, but not as idiotic. He was “simply” a radical nihilist. He loved Death (an actual anthropomorphic being in the comics) and was trying to get her attention.
Insanely evil plan and one could argue stupid in its own way. But, still a lot less cringe-worthy.
So, why not go with that? Two reasons as far as we can see.
One, they seem to think the comics thing is too much like “Evil for evil’s sake”, which they apparently do not approve of.
Two, this way they get to make Thanos a sympathetic villain, which the movie makes clear they were going for. And it is very successful in this regard, as it is very hard to miss.
So, we *are* meant to sympathize with the motive for his genocide? Apparently so. Makes you wonder about the makers of the movie. Just how much do these people hate humanity?
Of course, a lot of environmentalists, Malthusians and nihilists would still have been somewhat sympathetic with the comic version if it was in the movie. There are a lot of environmentalists and Thanos’ plan was a half-way measure by their standards.
Environmentalists are man-hating nihilists and environmental science is not really a science.
Makes you think, huh?
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