Trump campaign releases video of him as Thanos, creator calls the president a 'pompous fool' with an 'infantile ego'
President Donald Trump's campaign team has caused a stir on social media by releasing a video, portraying Trump as Thanos, the supervillain from the Marvel movies who commits genocide.
The clip posted by the president's campaign on Twitter shows Trump's face superimposed on the villain as he says the villain's iconic line from the Marvel movie: "I am... inevitable," before snapping his fingers. The clip then cuts to footage of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, and other Democrats who disintegrate into dust.
House Democrats can push their sham impeachment all they want.— Trump War Room (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@TrumpWarRoom) December 10, 2019
President Trump's re-election is 𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘃𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲. pic.twitter.com/O7o02S26nS
The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Infinity Saga was built around Thanos, a titan adamant on wiping out half of the lifeform across the universe. His reign eventually comes to an end when he is defeated in 'Avengers: Endgame'.
The president's campaign, Trump War Room, tweeted the video along with the caption: "House Democrats can push their sham impeachment all they want. President Trump’s re-election is inevitable." The tweet came just hours after the Democratic-controlled US House Judiciary Committee unveiled formal charges against Trump as part of the impeachment proceedings. The House accused the president of abusing power and obstructing Congress.
Pelosi launched an impeachment inquiry in September after a whistleblower lodged a formal complaint, alleging that Trump had sought favor from Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky during a June phone call, asking him to investigate his political rival, former vice president Joe Biden. The whistleblower also mentioned a possible quid pro quo involved as Trump held back the US military to Ukraine.
Shortly after the Trump campaign tweeted out the clip, Thanos' creator, Jim Starlin, released a statement disapproving of the tactic and called Trump a "pompous fool" with an "infantile ego".
"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," Starlin told The Hollywood Reporter. "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."
Social media users also flocked to the video to call out Trump on using a supervillain to portray himself. "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," one Twitter user wrote.