“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.”

Those words delivered by The Other (Alexis Denisof) in The Avengers preceded the first shot of Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Fans immediately assigned a capital “D” to the word “death” because it is the basis of Thanos’ comic book motivation in which he killed again and again to impress and hopefully hook up with the living manifestation of death.

Looks like we should have been using a lower case “d” all along, as Thanos (Josh Brolin) will have a different motive in Avengers: Infinity War.

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige explains Thanos’ cinematic motives in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly.

“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.”

Thanos is taking his crack at “balancing the universe,” as he says in the trailer. He wants to gather all of the Infinity Stones and use the Infinity Gauntlet to eliminate half of all life in the universe to give the other half a chance to flourish. “That’s either genius or horrific, depending on your point of view, and most of our point of views say it’s pretty horrific,” says Feige.

There is no mention of Thanos having romance on his mind, though his actions are still pretty close to the Infinity Gauntlet comic book series in which he did wipe out half of the universe, at least temporarily. In the comics, it was an offering to Death. In the MCU, it sounds like it will be more about preventing the repeat of a tragedy he’s already witnessed.

That makes Thanos sound almost sympathetic and a little less crazy. Unless Feige is holding something back, and he could be, there won’t be any courtship so maybe all of those theories we’ve had about Hela (Cate Blanchett), the Goddess of Death, stepping in as the object of Thanos’ affection can be laid to rest.

SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly