They called me a madman is a quote uttered by Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War.
Online it is used as a reaction image macro to reflect on standing by opinions despite harsh criticism.
Avengers: Infinity War premiered in the United States on April 27th, 2018.
One of the scenes include the main antagonist of the saga, Thanos telling his story to Dr. Strange (played by Josh Brolin and Benedict Cumberbatch respectively).
He proceeded to tell about the mass extinction his planet was facing and that he proposed a random genocide as a solution.
It is here, he utters the words “they called me a madman”.
The first image macro was uploaded to Reddit on October 6th, 2018.
Starting in January 2019, the format would spread on to the various subreddits of the image board, as well as other websites.
A clip of the scene was uploaded to YouTube by OneLinerArmory on June 13th, 2019.
- Reddit – r/memes