– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Thanos is a big bad dude. We’ve been looking forward to his arrival ever since that first Avengers film back in 2012, but we’ve never really known his motivation. In the comics, he obtains the Infinity Gauntlet partially to impress Mistress Death, with whom he’d fallen in love (and who had, ironically enough, gotten upset with him because of his betrayal in obtaining the gauntlet).

In an effort impress her, he snuffed out half the universe, supposedly bringing things into balance. But how much of that is being used in this film version of Thanos? It sounds like his motivation is going to be brought down to a more relatable level. Speaking with EW, Marvel Studios head discussed his backstory and overall motivation.

“He’s from a planet called Titan that’s no longer inhabited because of things that he thought he could help prevent, and he was not allowed to do that. What he feared most happened, and the planet and everybody on it basically went extinct. He vowed not to let that happen again. He thinks he sees the universe going down the tubes. He thinks he sees life expanding outward unchecked. That will bring ruin, he believes, to the universe and to that life.”

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So rather than looking to impress someone, it seems like this Thanos is actively trying to do good. After basically sitting back and doing nothing to save Titan, he now sees something similar happening with the rest of the universe. Should he, once again, sit back and assume everything will balance itself? After what happened to Titan, probably not.

It’s because of this that he’s hell-bent on getting that Infinity Gauntlet fully-stocked with the Stones.

“He’s on a hunt,” Joe Russo told the outlet. “We’re using a bit of a ’90s heist genre component. Thanos is on a smash-and-grab, and everybody’s trying to catch up the whole movie.”

What do you think about Thanos’ motivation? I’m starting to understand why Marvel Studios has stated in the past that they think the Mad Titan could be perceived as the lead in this movie.

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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.