The #MCU isn't exactly known for its love stories — there's not much time for flirting when you're busy saving the world (or being the hero who inadvertently puts the world in danger by virtue of attempting to be its savior — so meta! Thanks, Civil War!)
And anyway, there are about 10 men and only two women, so options are limited.
In the epic crossover event The Infinity Gauntlet, though — published in six parts by #Marvel Comics in 1991 — a love story is not only present, but the very thing that forces the Avengers to come together to fight for the future of Earth and every living creature in the cosmos. #Thanos the Mad Titan has set his sights on Mistress Death, and in order to win her heart he goes about completing the Infinity Gauntlet, in turn allowing him to erase half of all sentient life in the universe.
It's a classic for a reason — an epic, deliciously over-the-top way of bringing together every hero in the universe to fight a guy whose only motivation for evil is lust. And it's also the story on which the MCU's forthcoming Avengers: #InfinityWar is based. But if you're expecting the movie to follow the comic to the dot, you'd better readjust your expectations, because according to the writers of Infinity War, Thanos's motivation on the screen has absolutely nothing to do with Death.
Here's what co-writer Stephen McFeely had to say about the Mad Titan's grand plan in a clip featured on the digital and Blu-ray extras of Doctor Strange:
"His goal is to re-balance the universe as he sees it. So when he figures out that the Infinity Stones could do this for him at the snap of a finger, that becomes his main goal."
What's interesting about Thanos, and a conundrum that is potentially a problem for Infinity War, is that he can literally erase all life with the flick of a hand once he has all six Infinity Stones. So how do you create a sense of tension on screen, knowing he's all-powerful? Unless, of course, the movie is a race against time for the Avengers to find the sixth and final stone before Thanos can.
While it's understandable, too, that Mistress Death doesn't play a part in the movie, not having even been mentioned prior to now in the MCU, it feels like Marvel are "doing a Civil War" again and essentially using the name of a major comic book arc as the title of a brand new story.
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The idea of treating all sentient life as an obstacle for the affections of a lover is kind of dark and ridiculous, and actually quite unique, but it sounds as if the writers want to give Thanos a more grounded motivation on-screen. It could work, but it's a shame to sacrifice a key element of the source material.
Time will tell how well those changes work out. Avengers: Infinity War is shooting now in Atlanta, and hits theaters May 4, 2018. Click here for your complete guide to the movie, from news and rumors to spoilers and trailers.
Do you think the galaxy's most demented love story should've been kept, or will the changes to Infinity War work out for the best?