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Marvel Knows It Messed Up Thanos In Infinity War (& Hawkeye Proves It)

Warning: SPOILERS for Hawkeye episode 1.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe messed up when it comes to Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, and the Hawkeye premiere proves it. Hawkeye showcases Clint Barton's (Jeremy Renner) life after the events of Avengers: Endgame, with the character trying to spend the holidays in New York with his kids. Unfortunately, Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) gets involved, and things go awry. Bishop dons Hawkeye's old Ronin outfit to fight off criminals at a black-market auction and gets on the wrong side of Ronin's old enemies. Now, Barton needs to help Bishop take on the bad guys and clear up the situation so he can finally make it home for the holidays.

Thanos (Josh Brolin) takes over the narrative in Infinity War. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo did everything they could to make the so-called Mad Titan relatable in the film. Though the character was brutal and committed horrible atrocities, the film had fans and critics arguing that Thanos was right about reducing the population. Before the Avengers reversed the killer's deadly finger snap in Endgame, Captain America (Chris Evans) even looks on the bright side of the genocide, commenting that there were now fewer ships and cleaner water following Thanos' deadly snap.

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Hawkeye further proves that the MCU messed up on Thanos. Clint Barton takes his kids to a Captain America-themed musical called Rogers: The Musical in the Hawkeye premiere. However, the master archer isn't impressed. At one point, Barton takes a bathroom break and notices some peculiar graffiti on one of the urinals. "Thanos was right," reads the message. Barton responds with a, "Hm." It's a small moment in the premiere of the Disney+ series, and the graffiti is quite obviously a joke. However, it also shows that Marvel badly messed up Thanos.

When fans genuinely debate the merits of a homicidal purple maniac, something clearly went wrong. Thanos' actions were always unforgivable. The Mad Titan's mission was to bring balance to the universe by murdering half of the life in it. Yet, Marvel chose to present him as a central character in Infinity War, delivering the story through his eyes. And fans and critics responded, debating whether or not the villain made some valid points and sometimes siding with the monster. The graffiti feeds into that nonsense culture, making a joke of it and recognizing that Marvel perhaps took things too far in making Thanos relatable.

Of course, the majority of fans weren't taking Thanos too seriously. Though there was a movement of fans arguing that Thanos did nothing wrong, it most often showed up alongside memes and jokes. And Marvel itself has recognized the deep flaws in Thanos' plan, even having Chadwick Boseman's T'Challa convince the villain to give up his genocidal dreams in What If...? episode 2. Likewise, the Thanos graffiti feeds into jokes about the character. But when it comes to Avengers: Infinity War, it's clear that Thanos couldn't be more wrong.

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Hawkeye releases new episodes Wednesdays on Disney+.

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