Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Life&Culture | By Jesus Walton

Thanos-Worshiping Subreddit Has Started Banning Half Its Userbase

Thanos-Worshiping Subreddit Has Started Banning Half Its Userbase

An Avengers: Infinity War themed subreddit is about to ban half of its users in a fashion that would make Thanos proud.

Post-movie users of online social platform Reddit began to congregate in a pro-Thanos sub-forum, jokingly endorsing his worldview and defending his coldhearted decision. To mirror the baddie's quest, subreddit and Thanos fan page r/thanosdidnothingwrong is banning half of its subscribers with the snap of its (metaphorical) fingers. And now that the Russo Brothers have officially subscribed, members are asking that only one director survive the purge - you know, in the name of ideal balance. That snap, coupled with the power of the assembled Infinity Stones, wiped out half of all life in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, turning beloved superheroes to dust right before audiences' eyes. Even Josh Brolin, the actor who plays Thanos, got in on the fun by posting a short video. Luckily, that permission was granted - though the date of the ban was moved from July 3 to July 9, as most of Reddit's engineers were set to celebrate Independence Day with a day off.

So dread it, run from it, because whatever happens, if you're part of the subreddit, you could be one of the thousands receiving a ban come the 9th. They especially asked Josh Brolin a.k.a Thanos to film a video of him recreating his Infinity War snap. The Russo brothers themselves tweeted, too, that they "have both submitted to the culling".

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"Here we go, Reddit users", Brolin says in the video while delivering his iconic finger snap with a smile on his face. "This is taking forever!" said another. The fate of these banned members is unknown.

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