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The Marvel Universe – III

Genocide to Restore Balance to the Universe

Movie review of Infinity War (2018) in the Avengers series
Elizabeth A. Lozowski
After analyzing the underlying framework of the Marvel Universe (here and here), I will move on to the plot. The general plot of Avengers: Infinity War is a struggle between the Avengers – superheroes of Earth and other planets – and Thanos – a powerful godlike creature who is attempting to collect all of the Infinity stones. Once he has collected them all, Thanos is intent on using the power of the stones to eliminate half of the universe’s population in order to restore balance to the universe.

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Thanos' home planet: before and after the people refused to listen to his ‘balance’ plan

Thanos describes his goal in a scene where he is speaking with his adopted daughter, Gamora, whom he took from another planet where he killed half of the population.

Gamora accuses him of murdering the people on her planet, but Thanos responds: “You went to bed hungry, scrounging for scraps. Your planet was on the brink of collapse and I stopped that. You know what has happened since then? The children born have known nothing but full bellies and clear skies. It’s a paradise.”

Thanos justifies his action: “It is a simple calculus. This universe is finite, its resources finite. If life is left unchecked, life will cease to exist. It needs correction.” And he is “the only one who has the will to act on it.”

Later in the film, when Thanos converses with Doctor Strange, we discover that Thanos, like Gamora, came from a planet where the people were starving and facing extinction. The people refused to accept his solution of a random genocide of half of the population and what Thanos predicted came to pass: the planet became a barren wasteland.

The Catholic vs the modern worldview

Now, as Catholics we know that every person has a unique immortal soul and that, because of Original Sin, suffering is necessary for the salvation of that soul. So, this desire to end all suffering is fundamentally incompatible with our Faith. We also reject the idea that Earth will run out of its resources to support an ever-growing population.

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Thanos' goal: to collect all the Infinity Stones to achieve world ‘harmony’

Rather, we believe that God, in His omnipotence has a reason for everything and that He ultimately determines all that happens in the Universe. Therefore, it is easy for Catholics to see Thanos’ message as evil and unfounded.

However, according to the world in which Infinity War is set, Thanos’ solution is not so unreasonable. The Marvel Universe rejects the supernatural and mocks the idea of God. So, from this pagan approach it is cruel to let people live a life of suffering. Additionally, since there appears to be no afterlife in the Marvel Universe, it would be better to have half of the population dissolve into dust and be at peace rather than to make them suffer needlessly.

In this sense, because the Marvel Universe rejects Catholic principles, Thanos – who is the villain – is the real hero. It is merciful to let half of humanity live prosperously and the other half simply cease to exist. Otherwise, for what are the Avengers fighting? A miserable modern existence without any hope of true happiness? It is easy for 'reasonable people' to come to the conclusion that it would be far better for some not to exist.

Thanos & climate change activists

The arguments that Thanos proposes coincide with the fretful cries of climate change activists and the “facts” of modern science. Compare Thanos’ reasoning with the crazed wails of the UN climate control heroine Greta Thunberg: “People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction.”

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Greta, the always angry climate change activist & other protesters; below, goal achieved in Avengers as random persons dissolve into dust

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She continues in her attack:

“Around the year 2030, we will be in a position where we probably set off an irreversible chain reaction beyond human control that will most likely lead to the end of our civilization as we know it. That is unless in that time, permanent and unprecedented changes in all aspects of industrialized society have taken place. Including a reduction of our CO2 emissions by at least 50%... We need to start living within the planetary boundaries. This will be a drastic change for many, but not for most.”

“I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. And then I want you to act… as you would in a crisis.”

How does this hysterical girl want the world to act? Perhaps an elimination of half of the population would be to her liking. After all, then we would be “living within the planetary boundaries” and our CO2 emissions would be reduced by half.

Indeed, there are many persons who sympathize with Thanos. They assert that he is not evil because humans are ruining and overpopulating the planet. This is the myth of modern science that is not really rejected in these films.

Even so, Thanos is the villain in these films. How does this correlate with the climate change and population control agenda of Hollywood? The answer hovers in a nebulous sphere: Hollywood, and the Avenger heroes in turn, certainly do not deny the problems that Thanos exposes.

The Avengers & Thanos: same goal but different means

The Avengers have no real solution to the problem Thanos presents: Their only concern is that Thanos is going to murder trillions of people in order to achieve his end, and those persons may include their own personal loved ones. One often has the feeling watching these films that without those emotional ties to “loved ones,” the Avengers would lack the will to fight.

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Iron Man and Thanos,
not so different as what they appear

When Thanos meets Iron Man, he admires his work, telling him: “You are not the only one cursed with knowledge.” This implies that Iron Man, who ultimately becomes the hero in Avengers: Endgame, knows exactly what Thanos knows: that the Earth cannot sustain its existence for much longer without some drastic changes.

Iron Man is the Avenger who always advocates for peace and control of the world. He looks forward to future progress, the invention of new technologies to solve all the world’s problems and lead to a universal peace: a One World Order. We see him as an open advocate for such an order when he subtly praises the United Nations in the film Captain America: Civil War.

In that film, Iron Man states that it would be best to have a superior order over the Avengers, so that they can be checked by limitations. Ultimately, Iron Man hopes for a world where there will be no need for the Avengers. But, for this to occur, population control would be necessary.

Perhaps more Marvel movies will propose solutions less controversial than what Thanos offers. After all, the Secret Forces are using these movies to twist public opinion and prepare the world for futuristic novelties. So, perhaps they will come up with a “solution” that does not involve murder, but rather creates a modern utopia based either on Tribalism or the One World Order. I suspect that it will be a mixture of the two similar to the ideal world seen in the Marvel movie Black Panther.

New World Order: Communism, Tribalism & Futurism

To close, I will briefly explain Wakanda, the ideal world of Black Panther. I would encourage any person willing to analyze and discover what the Secret Forces have in mind to watch the Black Panther, even though it is a terrible movie. It became very clear to me where the Avengers are heading after watching that film.

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Wakanda tribalism is a mixture of old pagan ways with a futuristic neopagan world

The Black Panther is an African king of the fictional city of Wakanda, which has the key to many new technologies that could change the face of the Earth. The African kingdom has many aspects of Tribalism and Feminism. For instance, the Black Panther’s army is composed primarily of muscled women with their heads shaved. He is like the male lion that surrounds himself with a bevy of lionesses.

Additionally, although he is a king, he cares little for hierarchy and protocol; in fact, he alludes to plans to end the monarchy. His whole kingdom is very egalitarian. So, naturally, when some of the Avengers come to see him, they greet him as an equal. Captain America steps right up to the King and shakes his hand. Dr. Banner (the Hulk) tries to bow to the African king but is just mocked and laughed at for his gesture.

The Black Panther, king of Wakanda, rudely stops him, saying: “We don’t do that here.” No, this new model kingdom for the world is communist in principle and brimming with the latest technologies and tribal ceremonies. It is truly the model for the One World Order the Secret Forces would like to establish.

In the next article, I will continue my analysis of Avengers: Infinity War.

wakanda

Wakanda, the model world for the future

To be continued

Posted October 25, 2019
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