Kevin Feige double downs on the notion that Thanos will be the most menacing Marvel villain that fans will see. For all of MCU’s success in the last 10 years, one thing that they constantly botch is their villains. Yes, they have a handful of memorable ones, but the majority of their antagonists were pretty underwhelming. The imminent arrival of the Mad Titan in Avengers: Infinity War, however, is poised to change that notion, and aptly so considering that he will be the main reason that will gather together all heroes existing in the franchise.
Dubbed the culmination of every storyline in the MCU, Infinity War brings together Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, the Guardians of the Galaxy and other individual gameplayers like Black Panther, Spider-Man and Doctor Strange as they attempt to foil Thanos’ grand evil plan. It’s still unclear what his motivations are at this point despite hinting about bringing the balance to the universe in the trailer, but what’s clear is he is going to need all six Infinity Stones to set his plan into motion. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo have previously shared that they mined a lot of inspiration from heist films, so we can expect a sort of cat-and-mouse chase thread running in the movie.
CBR reports that while speaking at Brazil’s Comic-Con Experience via a video call, Feige hyped up the crowd for the ensemble flick, saying that “within the first five minutes of Infinity War, people will understand why Thanos is the biggest and baddest villain in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.” It sounds like the movie will not dance around the possibility of casualties, and there will be not much room for the quirky Marvel banter we have been used to by now. Feige’s comments certainly indicate the Avengers and their cohorts will find themselves in such a dire situation right away. Worrying as that may sound for our heroes, this is what actually needs to happen in order to complete the narrative arc that the MCU has been treading for a decade now.
“You know, we’ve been teasing Thanos since the very first Avengers film,” “Remember the end of Avengers, the very end of the movie he turns around in the chair and you realize something bad is coming. We’ve been teasing him for years and the trick is when you tease something for that long you have to deliver.”
There is immense pressure on Marvel and Josh Brolin to deliver on Thanos, considering the villain has been teased for years now, and it’s a good thing that Feige is aware of that. By the time he first popped up in the post-credits scene of the first Avengers, only comic book diehards recognized him and how pivotal he is for the MCU arc moving forward. But after teases peppered in a couple of films leading up to Infinity War, even the casual superhero movie fans are already familiar with him.
While we have not seen much of Thanos in motion, other than him lounging in his chair for years and commanding other people to do his dirty work (alongside the teases that we’ve gotten from Infinity War trailer) it’s still difficult to gauge how comic book accurate his characterization will be in the movie. But if it’s any indication, the supervillain’s creator Jim Starlin appears to approve on the MCU’s spin on his creation and if it’s good enough for him, chances are, it will also be good enough for us.
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