‘Than’ you believe it, Netflix is being forced to change its synopsis of Avengers: Infinity War due to some controversial wording?
Infinity War hit cinemas in early 2018, meaning American fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe had the Christmas treat of sitting down to watch the supersized superhero ensemble when it recently debuted on Netflix. Unfortunately, the movie’s description of Josh Brolin’s Thanos as a “sociopath” raised a few eyebrows.
Netflix's description of Thanos as an "intergalactic sociopath" is pretty accurate pic.twitter.com/pIoP1Kphy1
— lady uchechi of house igbo (@DurujiUchechi) December 26, 2018
Does anybody think that Thanos is indeed an "intergalactic sociopath" pic.twitter.com/AcOBU8dLoB
— Elliot Perales (@ElliotPerales) December 26, 2018
In response to the backlash, ScreenRant reports that Netflix has had a change of heart and is now calling Thanos as an “Invader. Annihilator. So-called savior”.
Considering Thanos fits with a new wave of sympathetic MCU villains like Spider-Man: Homecoming‘s Vulture, Black Panther‘s Killmonger, and Ant-Man and the Wasp‘s Ghost, the new description still leaves some room for manoeuvre when it comes people’s divided opinions on the Mad Titan.
Those who’ve watched Infinity War will remember how the purple Homer Simpson lookalike managed to collect all six of those colourful gems, and let’s just say, needed a dustpan and brush by the time the credits rolled. Snapping half the galaxy out of existence might seem like a pretty villainous thing to do, but let’s remember that Thanos’ end goal was to balance the universe and avoid overpopulation.
The Oxford Dictionary’s official definition calls a sociopath “a person with a personality disorder manifesting itself in extreme antisocial attitudes and behaviour”. Infinity War may have portrayed Thanos as a brutal warrior, but there were also some major moments of emotion.
Either way, Netflix has relented on its harsh judgment of Thanos ahead of this year’s Avengers: Endgame. The big man himself has even taken note and posted his own typically blunt response.
Whether Thanos is a big bad or simply a misunderstood visionary, there is even a “Thanosdidnothingwrong” subreddit for his loyal follows to champion the bald brute. Only time will tell how/if the surviving Avengers topple Thanos, but rest assured, watching him hurl a moon at Iron Man is probably going to be the least of our worries in Avengers: Endgame.