The Thanos Solution

After Marvel’s Thanos snapped his fingers to destroy half of the universe’s population, he retires, using his armor as a scarecrow.

Thanos is a Marvel comic book character. In Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, Thanos becomes omnipotent by collecting the six Infinity Stones, which are mounted in a gauntlet. Motivated by witnessing the demise of Titan, his home planet, due to the exhaustion of resources, he comes up with a drastic solution.

With a snap of his fingers, he destroys half of all life in the entire universe. To him, this is an act of mercy; a way to restore balance.

After succeeding in his mission, The Avengers – a gang of various Marvel superheroes including Iron Man, Black Widow, Captain America, and Captain Marvel, use quantum-time-travel to undo Thanos’ action.

When he nevertheless regains the Infinity Gauntlet, Thanos instead intents to use it to destroy all life, considering the resistance against his original action as ultimately equally destructive.

Of course, The Avengers prevent this from happening.

The relic of Saint Teresa of Ávila in Ronda, Spain.
Plastic replica of Thanos’ Infinity Gauntlet, including LED lights.

The Infinity Stones

(Temporary place holders for illustration of colors and themes)


Yellow: sulfur


Purple: amethist


Red: quartz


Orange: quartz


Blue: apatite


Green: calcite

Further reading on The Thanos Solution

Is Thanos Right About Overpopulation? (Forbes)

Is Thanos Right? (The Observer)

The Thanos Solution To Climate Change: If you want to be evil about it. (Medium)

Why Thanos didn’t double resources. (UX Collective)