AI gives Thanos a soul in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

Thanos isn’t your usual Marvel nemesis. Then again, even after 19 films in Disney’s superhero universe, it’s not as if he’s had much strong competition. Aside from the puckish Loki and tragic Killmonger, most Marvel villains have been pretty forgettable. Now, after years of build up (we first caught a glimpse of Thanos in 2012’s The Avengers) he finally took center stage in this summer’s Avengers: Infinity War.

But what’s most intriguing about Thanos isn’t that he wants to wipe out half of life across the universe — instead, it’s that he’s a big purple alien who feels genuine emotion. He cries when he’s forced to sacrifice Gamora, his adopted daughter. He feels pain and anguish. But like many memorable bad guys, he believes it’s all for the greater good.

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