Fan backlash after Netflix USA calls Thanos an "intergalactic sociopath"
Avengers: Infinity War wasn't just the highest-grossing film of 2018 ($2,048,709,917 at the worldwide box office, to be precise), it was a major blockbuster event that had a huge impact on Marvel fans.
You might recall leaving the cinema with a stunned silence in the air as arch-villain Thanos realised his vision and cut the world's population in two.
Perhaps you remember the eerie stillness of the end credits, which opted for next-to-no music as people awkwardly shuffled out the door.
Maybe there was even a child or two bawling their eyes out crying. It was rough.
Anyway, we know that Avengers: Endgame is coming, which presumably will result in a happier ending than we got earlier in 2018.
Thanos has a reckoning coming, but let's not forget that many people took his side in spite of his genocidal actions.
In fact, quite a few think-pieces were penned asking if Thanos was right and thus perhaps maybe even the arguable secret hero of the movie.
There was even this article that asked a seemingly simple yet perhaps deeply confusing question - is Thanos hot?
Let us pose a different question - is Thanos a sociopath?
The dictionary definition is as such:
"A person with a psychopathic personality whose behaviour is antisocial, often criminal, and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience."
Reason we ask is that Netflix USA, who recently added Infinity War to their service, described Thanos as an "intergalactic sociopath" in their snappy plot summary.
Cue social media lighting up:
— iluvhangyul ☹︎☻︎ (@arohahour) December 25, 2018
OH MY GODDDDDD pic.twitter.com/dClpvW1PeD
— melissa 🐥 (@wallowsmalek) December 25, 2018
At the time, the full description read:
"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.”
Once the bafflement subsided and the Thanos-defending backlash kicked in, Netflix made an alteration and the synopsis now looks like this:
"Invader. Annihilator. So-called saviour. As Thanos moves ever closer to omnipotence, the fate of the universe rests with the Avengers."
Move along, nothing to see here, apart from our rundown of the very best movies of 2018, in which Infinity War slots neatly into sixth place...