The creator of the Marvel comic book villain Thanos—an intergalactic space warrior who seeks to bring harmony to the universe by annihilating half of all living creatures who live in it—was among those expressing shock and concern after President Donald Trump’s campaign put Trump’s head on the fictional character’s body in a new campaign-style video on Wednesday.
Speaking with the Hollywood Reporter, famed comics artist Jim Starlin said it was both concerning and frightening to see the president embody the character he first created in the 1970s and who serves as the central antagonist in the recent film series, The Avenger’s.
“After my initial feeling of being violated, seeing that pompous fool using my creation to stroke his infantile ego, it finally struck me that the leader of my country and the free world actually enjoys comparing himself to a mass murderer,” Starlin said in a statement to the film industry news outlet. “How sick is that? These are sad and strange times we are going through. Fortunately, all things, even national nightmares, eventually come to an end.”
The ad in question was tweeted Tuesday by the “Trump War Room” on Twitter:
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