Thanos' motivations in Anthony and Joe Russo's highly-anticipated 2018 superhero film, Avengers: Infinity War, are described as being psychotic and compelling. Marvel Studios launched their ground-breaking Marvel Cinematic Universe with Jon Favreau's Iron Man in 2008, and then Marvel TV expanded the shared universe onto the small screen with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in 2013. But the overarching narrative has been building towards an ultimate showdown with the Mad Titan Thanos (Josh Brolin) since Joss Whedon's The Avengers hit theaters in 2012.
Thanos, created by comic book legend Jim Starlin and is arguably the Avengers' greatest foe (when wielding a completed Infinity Gauntlet), first officially appeared in James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy and then re-appeared in the post-credits Whedon's Avengers: Age of Ultron. Although he's been absent for the past few years, his seemingly unyielding mission remains the same: gather all six Infinity Stones and affix them to the Infinity Gauntlet. By doing so, he would effectively become a god and will be virtually unstoppable.
Avengers: Infinity War has been described as being Thanos' film since it involves him and his loyal Black Order obtaining the Infinity Stones. In a recent interview with the YouTube channel Marvel Studios Movies, Joe Russo explained why he's excited for audiences to see Thanos in Infinity War:
"I'm most excited for the audience to learn about [Thanos]. I think he's a very interesting and complex villain. That's why I like him, that's why I'm excited for the audience to learn about him. I think his motivations are, albeit, psychotic, compelling, and I think that this, in a lot of ways, is his movie, so it's going to be very interesting to see how people respond to Thanos."
The supervillain's motivations for obtaining the Infinity Stones, aside from becoming all-powerful, remain unknown. In the comics, particularly Starlin's Infinity Gauntlet story arc, Thanos uses the Gauntlet to wipe out half of the universe's population, including many members of the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, and the X-Men, so that he could win the affections of Mistress Death. Of course, since Death isn't a part of the MCU yet, Thanos might have other reasons for gathering the Infinity Stones and affixing them to the Infinity Gauntlet.
Avengers: Infinity War is due out in May 2018 and the film's marketing campaign has already begun. The first trailer released in November and broke the record for most views within its first 24 hours. Considering that the team-up movie marks the beginning of the end of the MCU's first saga, anticipation is understandably high. But audiences will just have to wait and see how it all plays out.
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