Uncommon Sense

June 24, 2021

The Infinity War—Much Ado About Nothing

Filed under: Culture,Entertainment — Steve Ruis @ 1:01 pm
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In the Marvel blockbuster series culminating in the move Avengers: Infinity War, an evil alien by the name of Thanos was collecting a set of magic stones that would allow him to kill half of the population of the universe with a snap of his fingers. The Marvel people mine mythologies to acquire names for their characters and Thanos is a shorter version of Thanatos, who was a Greek god of death who brought gentle deaths to people. Thanos also brought gentle deaths . . . to half the people in the fricking universe!

So, half of all of the aliens and humans dissolve away peacefully, including half of the Marvel characters who were fighting Thanos.

The final movie involves time travel and trying to thwart the effort of Thanos that way.

But that is not the flaw in this whole scheme.

Thanos, once his labors are complete, retires to a little tropical hut as if he has accomplished his life’s work. But all through the series Thanos rails about how overpopulation was destroying the universe. All of the ills of poverty, war, etc. could be addressed if there weren’t so many people clamoring for food, shelter, and resources.

Sounds good enough for a fantasy, except . . . do you know how many years it took for the last doubling of the population of our planet, Earth? I won’t make you look it up; it was 49 years. So, assuming that other species would be reproducing at around the same rate, fifty years after Thanos’s mass murder, the population would be right back where it was. or, if not in 50 years, then 100.

Thanos, at best, created a very short duration respite from population pressure. More specifically, he also created an immense mass of misery in those who remember their lost loved ones.

For the amount of power possessed in the infinity stones (the magical bits), a better solution could have been come up with. How about a lower birth rate across the board? How about a change of mind regarding what we owe others as well as ourselves? But, the creative team was American, so “kill them all” is a dependable solution for any problem encountered in an action-adventure movies. Which makes me wonder why “kill half of them” was so attractive.


  1. Personally I try not to look too closely for things like logic and common sense in movies like this and just sit back and enjoy the show. The whole thing falls apart if you try to find logic in most of these.

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    Comment by grouchyfarmer — June 24, 2021 @ 10:35 pm | Reply

    • I agree but then huge continuity errors sometimes jump up and smack you in the face.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — June 25, 2021 @ 10:48 am | Reply

      • I must admit that’s true. That’s one of the things that ruined Star Trek for me. It had a bad habit of ignoring things like basic physics, biology and things even a below average high school student should have known.. And frequently resorted to deux ex machina plot devices to resolve a problem.

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        Comment by grouchyfarmer — June 25, 2021 @ 10:19 pm | Reply

        • Writing good science into SF isn’t easy, which is why the folks who can are so popular.

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — June 26, 2021 @ 9:11 am | Reply

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