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Avengers Endgame: 10 Reason Why Thanos Is Not A Bad Guy

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10 Reason Why Thanos Is Not A Bad Guy

Avengers Endgame: 10 Reason Why Thanos Is Not A Bad Guy: Last Year, when Avengers: Infinity War left us on a cliff-hanger of Thanos snapping his fingers and wiping out half of the population. At that time, I had only one question in mind, was he a bad guy? I know some of you might not agree with me as he destroyed planets, killed some of your favourite super-heroes and everyone who came in between the Infinity stones. However, as per my point of view, I think that he sacrificed everything including his daughter Gamora to fulfil his only goal of saving this universe. For this, he had to make a hard choice of eliminating half of the population of the Universe.

1. Overpopulation

Thanos - Avengers Infinity War

Thanos – Avengers Infinity War

Thanos wiped half of the universe because most of the planets are overpopulated and because of less food, most citizens starve for it. For the same reason, he lost his world and finally decided to do something about it.

2. Thanos has a Heart

Thanis with Gamora

Thanos with Gamora

When Thanos went to Vormir, he had to sacrifice someone he truly loved. So, with a heavy heart, he decided to sacrifice Gamora to retrieve the SOUL Stone from Red Skull. At the time, you might have seen him wiping his tears off.

3. His Motivation

Motivated Thanos

Motivated Thanos

He had only one motive, and that was to restore the balance of the Universe. So, yeah! You can say that he did this for everyone.

4. Respect for Enemies

Ironman and Thanos

Ironman and Thanos

In his eyes, Avengers were his enemies, but he acknowledged Iron Man A.K.A tony stark by his remarks of “You are not the only one who is cursed with knowledge”.

5. Man of his Word

Thanos and Tony Stark

Thanos and Tony Stark

Dr Strange decided to give the soul stone to Thanos on one condition of sparing the life of Tony Stark. After getting the stone, he fulfilled his promise.

6. Believes in No Discrimination

Thanos with Infinity Stones

Thanos with Infinity Stones

He wiped half of the universe without any discrimination of Rich and Poor. No this sounds lit funny 😉

7. No Personal Gain

Thanos for the world

Thanos for the world

He never used or even had a thought of using the Infinity Stones for his personal gain.

8. He loves Orphans

Gamora and Nebula

Gamora and Nebula

He showed genuine care of Gamora and shielded her from violence.

9. Too Much Trust

Thanos Trust on Gamora

Thanos Trust on Gamora

Thanos Trusted Gamora in the first part of Guardians of The Galaxy. However, later, she betrayed him and kept the power stone from him.

10. He wanted Peace

Peace lover Thanos

Peace lover Thanos

After the end of the Avengers: Infinity war, he decided to live a peaceful life on a farm.

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What George Lucas Did When Queen Used Darth Vader in Their Concerts

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Queen and its frontman, Freddie Mercury, are some of the most enduring icons of the 1970s. Star Wars is undoubtedly the most popular film franchise that began in the 1970s. Despite their roots in the same decade, one might not associate one with the other very much.

However, the band and the film franchise crossed paths in a few ways. One was that Queen incorporated Darth Vader into their live shows. Here’s how George Lucas reacted to that.

Freddie Mercury of Queen | Steve Jennings/WireImage

Queen’s ‘Star Wars’ stunt

Vanity Fair says that, during some concerts in 1979 and 1980, Mercury would come onto the stage while sitting atop the shoulders of a man dressed as Darth Vader. In a famous photograph of a Queen concert, Mercury is wearing a Flash Gordon T-shirt. Flash Gordon was one of many 1980s science fiction films that were clearly intended to cash in on the wild success of Star Wars.

What made Flash Gordon different from the rest of the pack is that it boasted a soundtrack by Queen. Mercury wearing a Flash Gordon shirt while sitting on the shoulders of someone dressed as Darth Vader could be seen as clever promotion of Flash Gordon. It could also be interpreted as Mercury’s way of saying that Flash Gordon was superior to Star Wars.

The photographer behind the famous image speaks out

Queen’s Freddie Mercury with Darth Vader

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Annie Zaleski of The A. V. Club spoke with Tom Callins, the photographer behind the famous image. Zaleski asked Callins who was in the Darth Vader costumeI never found out—I’ve never known. I’m sure it was a roadie that they hired, or maybe a bodyguard. I guess you had to be a pretty bulky guy to carry Freddie around.”

Zaleski also asked Callins how the crowd reacted to Mercury’s stunt.” Oh, it was pandemonium. Everybody just thought it was so funny, so Freddie. It was so over-the-top…Everybody got into it.” The fact that fans of Queen’s hard rock music enjoyed it showed that Star Wars had appeal beyond the sci-fi fan demographic.

George Lucas’ reaction and similar Queen stunts

Freddie Mercury getting onstage to perform with Queen with Superman’s help

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Although Mercury’s stunt went over well with his audience, not everyone liked it. Star Wars creator George Lucas was not a fan. In fact, Is This the Real Life?: The Untold Story of Queen says Lucas threatened Queen with a lawsuit to prevent them from using Darth Vader in their concerts again. The threat served its intended purpose and Queen stopped incorporating the dark lord of the Sith into their act.

Darth Vader wasn’t the only iconic fiction character Queen incorporated into their act. They also performed shows where Mercury came on stage while seated on the shoulders of someone dressed as Superman. Notably, the Superman film franchise was at its peak around the same time Mercury pulled this stunt. 

Mercury’s stunt is one of the most memorable in the history of Queen and the history of Star Wars. Lucas clearly didn’t like it. However, the stunt proved Star Wars had the ability to connect with many audiences.

Also see: Why Did An Original Member of Queen Lash Out Over ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’?

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How Many Actors Have Played Darth Vader in ‘Star Wars’?

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Darth Vader is one of the most iconic villains. He is so well-known, and he strikes fear in many, on-screen and off. Even though the prequel trilogy gave the tragic backstory to Vader, he still holds a very prominent place in fictional villain history. 

Since Darth Vader has been around since the ‘70s, there have been many iterations of the character. From live-action to animated, here are the many actors that have played the mechanic Sith Lord. 

Darth Vader at the European premiere of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” | Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Disney

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There were four actors that made up Darth Vader in the original trilogy 

The original appearance of Darth Vader actually consisted of a few actors to make it work. David Prowse, a British bodybuilder and actor, stood in for the physical role of Vader. Prowse and George Lucas didn’t get along, and a big reason is that Prowse guessed — and shared — the “Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker’s father” twist. Bob Anderson was the stunt double for Vader and was a stunt-swordsman. 

Prowse didn’t get to play the unmasked version of Vader though. That role went to Sebastian Shaw, who plays Anakin after Luke redeems him. He doesn’t really count as a version of Vader, but it’s close. 

And lastly, probably the most important part of Vader is his voice. With the breathing and mechanic air to it, not to mention the gravitas involved, Darth Vader’s voice is what makes the character so iconic. And that all comes down to James Earl Jones, who wasn’t that well-known in 1977. Now, his voice has gone on to create other legendary characters like Mufasa. Jones has voiced Vader from 1977 until recently in new Star Wars content like Star Wars Rebels and Rogue One

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The prequels showed the creation of Vader, and ‘Rogue One’ added even more depth to the character

As stated above, the prequels were created to really dig into the backstory of Vader. The first six Star Wars films are about Anakin Skywalker’s story, from its beginning to its end. It showed how he went from a slave on Tatooine to powerful Jedi Knight, then Sith Lord. It also makes his redemption all that more significant. 

Hayden Christensen is the actor that actually got to step into the Vader costume in Revenge of the Sith, something that he was pretty excited about. Who wouldn’t be? Jones played the voice of Vader again, because who could outdo him? And Gene Bryant stood in for Christensen in a few scenes as well. 

In Star Wars Rebels, we already mentioned that Jones came back to voice Vader for the animated series. And Darth Vader does show up in the final moments of the series finale for Star Wars: The Clone Wars but doesn’t speak. However, there are moments in visions or in Rebels where Matt Lanter’s voice is sort of mixed in with Christensen and Jones’. Lanter voiced Anakin throughout the whole series, so it’s only fitting. 

Rogue One came along and introduced an iconic Darth Vader scene that fans didn’t know they needed. And to make that appearance happen, Vader came to life with the help of Spencer Wilding and Daniel Naprous.

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Various other actors have stepped into the suit, for voice-overs and more

Since Vader is so important to the franchise and to pop culture in general, he’s come back in many forms. For instance, Andrew Nelson took on the part of Darth Vader in Star Wars video games in the ‘90s and in one scene for the Empire Strikes Back special edition re-release in 1997. Then, Brock Peters voiced Vader in the Star Wars radio plays in the ’80s.

Mat Lucas voiced Anakin and Vader (pre-suit) in the Revenge of the Sith video game in 2005. And probably the funniest addition on this list is Zac Efron in Robot Chicken. He voiced Anakin Skywalker on the stop-motion sketch comedy series in 2010 and later in 2016. While it’s mostly in the role of Anakin, you could argue Efron voiced him on Mustafar, which was essentially Vader just before the machinery.  

Going off of everyone listed here, there have been 13 actors who’ve played Vader. But, since the character has been done so many times, you could argue there are more.

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Selena Gomez’s Social Media ‘Breaks’ And Every Time She’s Had to Explain Herself on Instagram

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Actor and pop star Selena Gomez was once the most-followed woman on Instagram. She began posting back in the early days of the social media site and became known for her engaging with her fans (known as Selenators) and taking photos with them on every stop on tour.

Selena Gomez | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

But in the years since, Gomez’s relationship with the platform has evolved. In 2020, she told Apple Music’s Zane Lowe why she “didn’t have social media for two years” during a rough patch. Here’s a look at some of the breaks she’s taken, and how she’s explained them to fans.

Gomez’s 2016 mental health break

This was a big year for Gomez. She was fresh off the release of her album, Revival. And she was acting more than ever before: She had cameos in the 2015 film The Big Short and the 2016 comedy Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, along with starring in that year’s The Fundamentals of Caring. She then set out on her Revival Tour, during which time she started working on her next album.

Midway through the tour, Gomez canceled the rest of her shows. She checked into rehab to focus on her mental health, as she was dealing with “anxiety, panic attacks, and depression,” according to Us Weekly. Gomez returned to social media a few months later with the above Thanksgiving post, calling her year “the hardest yet most rewarding one yet.”

In 2017, she was recovering from surgery

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After Gomez released her 2017 singles “Bad Liar” and “Fetish,” she backed away from social media a bit. She continued to share photos from magazine cover shots and those in conjunction with her Coach deal, but Selenators weren’t used to this her being this impersonal with her posts.

“I’m very aware some of my fans had noticed I was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasn’t promoting my new music, which I was extremely proud of,” she wrote in a September 2017 Instagram post. This is when Gomez explained she had gotten a kidney transplant. She added, “I honestly look forward to sharing with you soon my journey.”

September 2018 article and break

In September 2018, an interview for Elle was published. In it, Gomez describes her work with A21, a nonprofit organization. However, the reporter focused more on her affiliation with the Hillsong Church and dropped in comments about Justin Bieber and Demi Lovato. (He did, however, mention that Gomez didn’t have Instagram on her phone.)

After posting three sets of images in order to tell the story she wanted to tell, Gomez resumed normal posting. But a few weeks later, she shared the above selfie, which she later edited to say she was “taking a social media break. Again.”

Gomez returned in January 2019

This time, Gomez kept her promise: From September 2018 through January 2019, there are no posts on her Instagram. She welcomed the new year with the above set of black-and-white images, saying, “last year was definitely a year of self-reflection, challenges, and growth.”

Since then, Gomez has remained on social media. However, she still warns against using it excessively. As she told Variety in May 2019, while she’s “grateful” for Instagram, “social media has really been terrible” for young people. She added, “I would be careful and allow yourself some time limits of when you should use it.”

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