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Neil deGrasse Tyson Shatters Thanos' Logic for Killing Off Half the Universe in 'Avengers: Infinity War'

Thanos thought he was thinking with a sound mind when wiping out half of the universe's inhabitants in Avengers: Infinity War, but astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson begs to differ. 

Thanos, played by Josh Brolin, killed off half of the universe after successfully collecting all six Infinity Stones. Fan favorite characters like Spider-Man/Peter Parker (Tom Holland), Black Panther/T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman), Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Doctor Strange/Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) were among those who failed to survive. They were subsequently disintegrated when Thanos activated the Infinity Stones in the Infinity Gauntlet.

Tyson, 60, is among the few privileged folks who've been fortunate enough to see an early screening of Infinity War's follow up, Avengers: Endgame, upon attending a private IMAX screening on Tuesday. Hours after viewing Endgame, he took to Twitter on Wednesday to address the supervillain's bold choice. He argued that it wasn't necessary for Thanos to erase 50 percent of the world. 

"Sure, Thanos is singularly evil. But I bet he flunked Astro 101," Tyson tweeted Wednesday. "He wants to kill half of all living things to save the other half—due to limited resources. But the universe has vastly more resources than can possibly be consumed by civilizations that have access to space."

In a separate tweet, Tyson said he "checked the math" to determine Thanos could've doubled the universe's resources instead of killing off half of it. "If you wield the power to snap your finger and end half of all life in the universe—to preserve resources for those who remain—then you surely have the power to snap your finger and double the resources instead," he wrote.

Tyson's thinking isn't far-off from what many others have questioned about Thanos' decision. Infinity War directors Joe and Anthony Russo admitted on the film's DVD commentary they receive this question a lot but explained why Thanos chose not to double up.

"People have asked us why Thanos didn't just use the stones to double the resources in the universe, and clearly he is not interested," Anthony Russo said, according to The Wrap.

"Well, he was told 'no' to an idea that he had that he felt was the only solution, and then was proved right to himself when that solution was not acted upon," Joe Russo added. "So his messianic complex—he is now committed to following through on the idea he had many many years ago. He is not a stable—although he appears stable at times, he is not a stable individual."

Avengers: Endgame hits theaters on Friday.

Neil deGrasse Tyson on Thanos Neil deGrasse Tyson is pictured visiting SiriusXM Studios on November 8, 2018 in New York City. Santiago Felipe/Getty Images

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