The Reason Behind Thanos Not Doubling Resources and Instead Going for Genocide

Avengers: Infinity War is still taking the world by storm even months after its release. Since the film has come out on DVD and streaming services, fans have been able to discover a lot more secrets that nobody was able to catch the first time. A part of all of this discovery is the commentary which reveals a lot about the story and characters, especially the main antagonist Thanos.

Many people tended to ask when the film came out, “Why doesn’t Thanos increase resources rather than murder everyone?” It is the proper question to ask because it sounds so obvious. In the commentary, we get a new insight into his motivations which explains why the Mad Titan chose genocide over increasing resources. Here is the answer from Anthony and Joe Russo, the directors of the film:

“People have asked us why Thanos didn’t just use the stones to double the resources in the universe since he clearly he has not. Well, he was told no to an idea that he felt was the only solution and then proved right to himself when that solution was not acted upon. So in his messianic complex, he is now committed to following through on the idea that he had made many many years ago.”

This explanation shows more about the mind of Thanos, but more would have actually been shown in the actual movie. Drafts of the script and scenes involving Thanos were either written off or deleted at various stages of production. Scenes were meant to make it in showing his life on Titan and different other scenes involving the Mad Titan to flesh his character out further.

With one last movie with Thanos has the main threat to the universe for the Avengers, we will probably get more information about his character then since both movies were filmed back to back. Ideas for Infinity War such as a further explanation behind his motivations or his life on Titan can be shown in the untitled Avengers 4. Until then we will just have to decipher everything we can from what we have now.

Image via Marvel Studios

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