The Trump War Room Twitter account, a centerpiece in U.S. President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election effort, pushed out a 21-second video showing Trump as supervillain Thanos in a climactic scene from Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame.”
In the scene where Trump is superimposed, Thanos is about to carry out his dream of killing off half of all life in the universe, but in this edited version Trump instead kills off his Democratic critics. When the Trump character snaps his fingers, a group of Democratic leaders, including Congressmen Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are turned to dust.
The video was tweeted out with the text “House Democrats can push their sham impeachment all they want. President Trump's re-election is inevitable” and quickly drew criticism.
Marvel fans pointed out a crucial flaw in the clip in terms of the film’s storyline. “Do they know that thanos tries to destroy the universe, fails and then dies,” wrote one Twitter critic. The Atlantic’s Adam Serwer joked, “Y’all know Thanos said that before he lost, right?”
Another Twitter user re-edited the image to show Pelosi in the scene where Iron Man finally defeats Thanos with the caption, “And I... am... Madam Speaker.”
Another Twitter critic wrote, “You've made Trump a supervillain and depicted him in the scene where his plan to kill everyone in the universe falls apart due to his arrogance and incompetence.”
Jim Starlin, the comic book writer and artist who created Thanos in 1973, struck a more serious note in his criticism of the clip. Starlin said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, “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."