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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

“Humans. They are not the cowering wretches we were promised! They stand. They are unruly and therefore cannot be ruled. To challenge them is to court…Death.”

That was the line said during the mid-credits scene in the first Avengers scene. After that line was uttered, we saw a familiar purple face (Thanos) turn around and smile. Comic book readers knew who this was and knew that “Death” wasn’t a throwaway word. In the comics, Thanos is infatuated with a female character named Death — or Mistress Death.

A lot of Thanos’ motivations in Infinity Gauntlet are connected to either his desire for power or his trying to impress Death. This line implied that his going to Earth would be just what he needs to do to get in her good graces. However, in the years since, that’s changed. Now, it sounds like Thanos has completely different motivations.

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Speaking with Screen Rant, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 co-director Joe Russo emphasized that these films do note tell the story in the comics.

“We’re telling the story of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, not the Marvel Comic Universe. Like growing up I’m a huge comic book fan. I still have my entire collection, my closet. For me, I’m not interested as a director or as a comic book fan in a literal interpretation of a book. I know that story. I’ve read it. I’m not going to go to the theater and be surprised by it, We’re interested in surprising you. Borrowing elements and the mojo from it but in completing this giant mosaic of the story that’s being told in these movies, not in those books, which is why Death is not in this film.”

This may come as a disappointment to some fans — especially those who were hoping to see Hela take the place of Death in the MCU. However, I think it makes for a much stronger narrative overall. I’ve never liked the idea of someone like Thanos being so infatuated with Death, and it always came across as weak and unbelievable for a film.

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SOURCE: Screen Rant

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.