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I never quite understood why Marvin the Martian has to destroy the Earth in order to see Venus. Not only is he part of a space faring species capable of building platforms in space but the odds of all three planet's aligning up so that one blocks the other is pretty rare. The most he would have to do is wait a few months.

I decided to ask /co/ about this and these were the responses.

"Well, you see, it's symbolic. In mythology Mars is Roman equivalent of Ares, the god of war and Venus is the Roman equivalent of Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty. Aphrodite and Ares had an affair behind the back of Hephaestus, the god of metalworking. Earth, due to its natural abundance of metals essentially functions as a stand-in for Hephaestus, the barrier between what Aphrodite (Venus) and Ares (Mars) both want and the current circumstances of their relationship."


"Because it's a joke you autist. Most stories about aliens destroying or conquering the world usually give Earth way too much importance. Humans are seen as something important and our planet is full of valuable resources. But Marvin wants to blow the planet up for a mild inconvenience at best. That's why it's funny. Because it goes against expectations of sci-fi premises and it's the equivalent of swatting a fly with a sledgehammer."

Both are fair points.
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