Jim Starlin Responds to Trump’s Campaign Use of Thanos
Jim Starlin, the creator of Thanos, has responded to the Trump campaign’s use of the character in an ad:
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.
The scene, used from Avengers: Endgame, has President Trump as Thanos “snapping out” Democrats declaring himself inevitable. In the movie, he does this before being defeated by the good guys.
Starlin, who created the character in 1973 was not happy with the use of the character.
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Starlin said:
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.
Last month, Marvel sent a cease and desist letter to NYC Council Member Ben Kallos for his use of Marvel characters in a fundraising email. The company’s Deputy Chief Counsel asked that Marvel’s “character not be used for political purposes or to support political campaigns.” It’s unknown if the company will send a similar letter to the Trump reelection campaign. Marvel’s head Isaac Perlmutter is one of Trump’s largest donors and is a shadow advisor for the administration. We’ve asked the company for comment and will follow up with any updates.