Thanos, Taoism, ‘Infinity War’ and the road towards true sustainability

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[Editor's Note: This article contains spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War. Like you haven't already seen it five times.] I'll begin this article by saying that even though the MCU version of Thanos will be the primary example discussed here, we could easily replace him with any number of other villains in any number of other media. Even when limiting the pool to just Marvel movie villains, a glance back at recent years reveals the likes of Ultron (Age of Ultron), Apocalypse (from X-Men:Apocalypse), Kaecilius (Doctor Strange), and Malekith (Thor: The Dark World). These are all villains who, like Thanos, seek apocalyptic aims. Sometimes such villains are genuinely nihilistic. The comic book version of Thanos literally worships the personification of Death. But some of these villains are not truly nihilists in the existential sense. Unlike Thanos in the comics, the MCU Thanos doesn't believe there's no value in life. Indeed, despite his...
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The Pop Mythologist is the founder and editor of He has been a staff writer for the nationally distributed magazine KoreAm , the online journal of pop culture criticism Pop Matters and has written freelance for various other publications and websites.