Thanos creator Jim Starlin is not very happy with the Trump campaign after they used the character in a new ad. Josh Brolin plays The Mad Titan in Avengers: Endgame, where he delivers the now-famous line, "I am inevitable" before snapping his fingers and failing to wipe out the entire universe. The Trump campaign decided to take that scene and paste Donald Trump's head over Brolin's with a caption that reads, "House Democrats can push their sham impeachment all they want. President Trump's re-election is inevitable."
Marvel Cinematic Universe and comic book fans were all more than a little shocked to see the Trump campaign ad. However, nobody was more surprised and angry than Thanos creator Jim Starlin. The Mad Titan was created in 1973 by Starlin and he admits to feeling "violated" after seeing the ad. He released a statement, which you can read below.
"After my initial feeling of being violated, seeing that pompous fool using my creation to stroke his infantile ego, it finally struck me that the leader of my country and the free world actually enjoys comparing himself to a mass murderer. How sick is that? These are sad and strange times we are going through. Fortunately, all things, even national nightmares, eventually come to an end."
For anybody who has seen Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, we know that Thanos is the villain in the movies. In the previous movie, he was able to murder half of all living things to achieve his "balance." This doesn't exactly seem like someone that anyone would like to be compared to and comes off as rather tone deaf. Additionally, while Thanos said he was "inevitable," he ultimately failed in the latest movie, which is not something one would want to align themselves with before an election.
But, as is the case with most things having to do with Donald Trump and his administration, this campaign ad with him as Thanos, was more than likely done on purpose to get a rise out of people. While some don't understand Trump's tactics, he is a master of social media and using bad press as the best press. Even likening him to a fictional mass murderer gets people talking and gets his name trending, along with Thanos and Avengers: Endgame.
The majority of the comments to the original campaign tweet are tearing into the Trump administration for being tone deaf, though there are many supporters who are eating it up. Never before has there been a president of the United States so willing to play the villain part to drum up press and shake up the system at the same time. It's a very interesting time to be alive and the history books are going to even more interesting. You can check out the campaign ad below and all of the amazing comments that follow.
House Democrats can push their sham impeachment all they want.— Trump War Room (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@TrumpWarRoom) December 10, 2019
President Trump's re-election is 𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘃𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲. pic.twitter.com/O7o02S26nS