Trump borrows Marvel super-villain's power for campaign video

The fictional Thanos wiped out half of all life in the universe before the Avengers defeated him.

It was a political ad destined to go viral, at least among comic-book fans.

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President Trump's re-election campaign released a video on social media this week that super-imposes the chief executive's head on the body of Thanos, the extraterrestrial villain in the Avengers films from Disney and Marvel Studios, and borrows its message from the franchise's mythology, according to Deadline.

Thanos used the Infinity Gauntlet to wipe out the heroes of the Marvel movie "Avengers: Infinity War," then snuffed out half of all life forms in the universe with a snap of his fingers.

The Trump War Room image and video has "President Thanos" vanquishing Democratic leaders including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff.

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But keep in mind that the Avengers vanquished by Thanos ultimately overcame him in a rematch seen in this year's "Avengers: Endgame."

Jim Starlin, the comic-book artist and writer who created Thanos for Marvel, complained about the campaign's appropriation of his character to the Hollywood Reporter and in an Instagram post.

After initial venting, "it finally struck me that the leader of my country and the free world actually enjoys comparing himself to a mass murderer," Starlin said. "How sick is that? These are sad and strange times we are going through."