Thanos’ motives for killing half the universe in this year’s Marvel epic were particularly terrifying. There’s nothing more powerful than a villain who thinks he’s doing the right and moral thing. However, a popular new Avengers Infinity War theory claims he didn’t want to save the universe through this sacrifice but actually wanted to punish it. Reddit user thomascgalvin writes: “In Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos talks at length about how overpopulation and overconsumption has thrown the universe out of balance, and how half of all life must be destroyed in order to restore the equilibrium.”
He continued: “As evidence for this, he cites his own world of Titan, once prosperous, now desolate, and described how his plan to randomly kill half of the population would have saved them.
“He also points to the worlds he’s conquered, which are now apparently thriving.
“All of this makes it seem like Thanos wants the Infinity Stones so that he can save the universe so that he can save the people of the universe from themselves.
“But I don’t think that’s true. With the Stones, Thanos has nigh-omnipotent power.”
He added: “He could have doubled resources instead of halving the population, for example, or sterilised half of the universe, which would gradually bring population numbers down without killing anybody.
“But he didn’t do that. Why? Not due to lack of creativity, but out of spite.
“Thanos was furious that his plan to save Titan was ignored, and he viewed the universe at large as a mass of greedy, selfish, base creatures. “They didn’t deserve to be saved. So instead, Thanos used the Infinity Gauntlet to punish them, and to teach them a lesson about their own avarice.”