Shane Black Pokes Fun at Thanos & Avengers: Infinity War

Shane Black and Robert Downey Jr on the set of Iron Man 3

Director Shane Black isn't very impressed with Avengers: Infinity War villain, Thanos, pointing out how seemingly inconsistent his power level was in the film. Black is actually no stranger to the MCU, having directed Iron Man 3 after Jon Favreau helmed the first two movies in the Robert Downey Jr.-led series. While his creative decision with regard to the Mandarin villain twist in that movie remains one of the most debated topics in the MCU, he knows a thing or two about working on these kinds of movies.

Played by Josh Brolin, Thanos has been dubbed one of the best MCU villains thus far with people lauding directors Joe and Anthony Russo for crafting a multi-layered bad guy - different from the usual one-and-done underdeveloped antagonists that the franchise has been infamous for. Since his full debut in Infinity War, the Mad Titan has quickly become a pop culture icon considering the impact of his arrival on the whole franchise. While Black admits that he loved Infinity War, there's just one thing about the supervillain that bothers him.

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Appearing at yesterday's Predator panel at San Diego Comic-Con, the 56-year-old filmmaker poked fun at Thanos' seemingly inconsistent power levels in Infinity War. "One moment there's a train coming at him, he can turn it into a flock of birds. The next minute Spider-Man is coming at him and he's like, 'Oh, my eyes! It's got webbing!' I loved the movie, it's just, the kid had to do something, so...," he said, pertaining to the few times that Spider-Man's kicks landed on the Mad Titan's face during the film's big action set piece set on Titan.

It's unclear what specific part of the film Black was talking about regarding Thanos transforming a train into a flock of birds, but perhaps he was pertaining to the intergalactic villain's battle with Doctor Strange where the two kept on deflecting each other's attacks using their respective magical abilities. It was Strange, and not Thanos, however, who transformed a counter-attack on him into what looked like a flock of butterflies. As for Peter's ability to actually hit the Mad Titan considering his supposed unparalleled level of power, it's important to remember that Thanos was ambushed by a carefully laid out plan by the heroes, not to mention that at the point of  Spidey's attack, the Infinity Gauntlet was wrapped in Strange's Cloak of Levitation, further hindering him in fully engaging in the battle.

Fans will have to wait for a little while before they reunite with Thanos on the big screen in next year's still-untitled Avengers 4 flick. Marvel Studios has been doubly careful so as to not inadvertently reveal any possible hints regarding what will go down in the MCU's ultimate culminating movie. That said, people can expect the original six Avengers - alongside Captain Marvel, Ant-Man and a handful of supporting characters - to fight tooth and nail in the hopes of restoring peace and order in the galaxy and hopefully defeat the Mad Titan once and for all.

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Key Release Dates
  • Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
  • The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019
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