Brimming with curiosity, I wait for the moments of victory in the form of stories that glorify heroes. These stories emerge from many unexpected places and characters that I come across, many a times not even heroes.
A recent journey to the end of half of the world, led to me to think and contemplate what really the dark side means when they say that “Balance must be maintained” All we have ever known is that the villain, the dark counterpart, the antagonist, always has some personal vengeance or anger against the world. Many a times, we can not relate to their views, and their thought process.
But I am very intrigued, I am always on the edge to jump on the the other side to understand that “balance”; to see what the antagonists always mean, when they tell us that they are creating peace with chaos, that they are killing for the sake of peace.
“There’s only one path to peace. The Avengers’ extinction.” -Ultron
In Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, Ultron’s simple logic was “more the heroes, more the destruction”. The logic was simple. The more powerful the defense is, more powerful the attack will be. Villains usually take up the mantle to fix the world. They believe that if they do not restore it, if they do not reset the world, there would be no greater good.
Even in Harry Potter, Voldemort’s concept of “Pure Blood” and “No Muggles”, was truly uncalled for, since he himself was a half-blood (a child of a witch and a muggle). But his hatred and anger for his muggle father led him towards a path of mass torture and “balancing the dis-balanced world” His logic was not acceptable.
“There is no good and evil. There is only power, and those too weak to seek it.” -Voldemort
Voldemort did not want to achieve a “good” or a “bad”, he seeked power. The hunger for power and control made him unreasonable. The darkness in him was not his fault entirely. As J.K Rowling had pointed out, Harry and Voldemort were quite similar. They had a similar beginning, but as Dumbledore says, “It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be”, that is what changes everything.
Unlike all our antagonists, Thanos has emerged out of the blue, with cosmic and reasonable logic. It developed respect in my heart. He says that peace can be maintained by creating a little chaos, life can be given with a little death. He has emotions unlike all our villains, he knows what he does causes destruction, he knows what he does is at the cost of “Everything”. He is not a lunatic without reason. For the first time, I have a special place for a villain in my heart.
I am amassed with regard. He has truly moved me, I do not feel guilty, I feel connected with his ideology.
Darkness has many colours but sometimes, a kind of darkness can give you enlightenment that moves you forever.