The Netflix description of Infinity War calls Josh Brolin's Thanos character an "intergalactic sociopath," and people are not amused. The epic team-up movie premiered in April of this year and was recently added to Netflix, allowing some fans to watch it for the first time, while allowing others to watch it for the third or fourth time. Regardless, there are some Marvel Cinematic Universe fans who are not comfortable with the way that the streaming giant described the Mad Titan.
The official Netflix synopsis of Infinity War reads as follows:
"Superheroes amass to stop intergalactic sociopath Thanos from acquiring a full set of Infinity Stones and wiping out half of all life in the universe."
The description of the movie sounds just about right. One fan responded on social media by asking, "how dare you?" The fan continued by explaining Thanos' actions in the movie, noting that he was only trying control overpopulation in the universe. This is a common argument and even spawned a subreddit called Thanos Did Nothing Wrong.
A sociopath is a person that knows the difference between right and wrong, but chooses to ignore those differences to get what they want. The personality disorder is often shown in extremely antisocial individuals who have no conscience. It's possible that Thanos' personality could exhibit some sociopathic tendencies, but none of us are licensed professionals to say anything about the situation. Plus, we're talking about a fictional purple villain from Infinity War, not a real-life mass murderer.
Other MCU fans had an issue with Netflix's decision to call Thanos an "intergalactic sociopath." Another fan simply stated that they disagree with what the streaming platform was trying to insinuate, while someone else thought that the Mad Titan might be more of a psychopath, which is another personality disorder. Often, people who are considered to be psychopaths have impaired empathy and remorse with bold, disinhibited, and egotistical traits. Thanos could fit into different aspects of that definition too, but he did show some regret after throwing Gamora off of a cliff to gain the Soul Stone.
At the end of the day, we're talking about a fictional character here. The Russo Brothers have stated that the Mad Titan's mission was a "noble" one and that he was on his own version of a hero's journey, which has also been hotly debated amongst fans. Infinity War is Thanos' movie, so it will be interesting to see how the point of view shifts when Avengers: Endgame hits theaters. Who knows, we could see some more sociopathic behavior from the villain in the highly anticipated sequel, or maybe he switches gears to more psychopathic behavior. We'll just have to wait and see. For now, you can head over to Netflix to read the Infinity War description and read some reactions to it below. Infinity War was released at Netflix yesterday for Christmas.