Over the weekend, Marvel’s movie “Avengers: Infinity War” set new box office records, making over $112 million in its second weekend and topping $450 million in the US in just nine days and $1 billion worldwide in 11 days. It seems to be in every movie theater, where they’re showing it on every flat surface, including the bathroom walls.
Now, I admit I haven’t seen it yet (I keep up with superheroes just enough so that my grandchildren won’t think I’m a total cultural illiterate.) And I assume that if you wanted to see it, you’ve probably already seen it at least five times already. But I waited a week before pointing to this article that came out last week from Jim Treacher. It brings up a point that none of the other countless reviews and comments I’ve seen anywhere else noticed. But I warn you: it contains MAJOR plot spoilers, so if you haven’t seen it yet and plan to, then don’t click. I’ll just give you the basic idea:
The premise of the movie is that an intergalactic super villain named Thanos is trying to collect a bunch of magical rocks that together will give him god-like powers. He’s doing this because he thinks the universe is too overpopulated, and he wants to bring the space environment back into balance by wiping out half of all the life in it with a wave of his hand.
Treacher’s question: Why does Hollywood consider this guy a villain and not a hero, since he’s “basically Al Gore with a better workout routine” and the movie’s plot could make it a sequel to “An Inconvenient Truth”?
As Treacher notes, many of the movie's cast members, such as Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson, are very outspoken liberal/environmental activists. They believe that the world is doomed because there are too many people. They support Planned Parenthood, which is in the business of keeping the population down by indiscriminately and dispassionately wiping out innocent lives. So why aren’t they rooting for Thanos to win? He’s their kind of guy!
Of course, as Treacher points out, there are no real stakes in a comic book movie. Superheroes die and come back from the dead all the time, through one plot gimmick or another. Unborn children wiped out by abortion mills don’t have that option. You have to marvel that so many people in Hollywood can’t spot the cruel hypocrisy in making movies that call characters who wipe out countless innocent lives without remorse “super villains,” then sharing the immense profits from those movies with Planned Parenthood.
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