Comic Book Writer Jim Starlin Also Feels ‘Violated’ That Donald Trump’s Team Uses His Creation, The ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Villain, In The President’s Re-Election Campaign Ad.
Comic book writer Jim Starlin isn’t the least flattered after Thanos, the character he created in 1973, is featured in one of Donald Trump’s latest re-election campaign ads. In the video, the president’s head is superimposed over Thanos’ body in a scene from “Avengers: Infinity War” as he snaps his fingers to turn his Democratic enemies, who just introduced articles of impeachment, into dust.
“House Democrats can push their sham impeachment all they want. President Trump’s re-election is inevitable,” so read the caption of the video posted on a Twitter account managed by Trump’s reelection team.
Upon seeing the ad, Starlin found it disturbing, not only because his creation is used without his permission, but also because the president compares himself to the Marvel supervillain, who makes half of the earth’s population disappear in the movie.
Starlin said in a statement, “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.” He continued, “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.”
Many feel the same way as Starlin, with historian/author Kevin M. Kruse asking in disbelief, “So you’re arguing that Trump is Thanos (‘The Mad Titan’) who wants to kill half of all living things, but in the end winds up defeated and dying, taking all of his sycophantic followers down with him?”
Jordan D. White, a senior editor at Marvel Comics, pointed out, “Trump’s official campaign twitter just tweeted a meme comparing him to THANOS. You know… the villain who wants to MURDER HALF THE UNIVERSE. And depicts him killing the Democrats.”
Another Twitter user similarly remarked, “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.” Another comment read, “So Trump is Thanos and the Democrats are the Avengers trying to restore democracy that evil Republicans have nearly destroyed.”
Some others mocked Trump and his re-election campaign team for not doing a thorough research of Thanos before making the ad. “So… Pelosi is… Iron Man? Not sure you thought this one through,” one commented. Another reacted, “Never saw the ending, huh? Typical. Lemme help you out a little.”
Trump and his team have not reacted to the backlash, and it’s currently unknown if Marvel will take a legal action for the unlawful use of its property.