Way back in 2012 after Marvel completed Phase 1 and released The Avengers, fans waited in their seats to see what kind of scene would be featured post credits. The scene shown certainly and very quickly built up a ton of excitement about what we could all expect. Thanos’ introduction was simple but just what fans were hoping for, however in the four years since then we have only seen in one more post credit scene and a brief role in Guardians of the Galaxy.
It is currently unclear if we will see Thanos again before Avengers: Infinity War, but he could pop up in Thor: Ragnarok if Marvel wanted an early introduction. That does not seem to be in the cards as it sounds like Part 1 of Infinity War could be a mini Thanos movie. In a new interview with ScreenCrush, writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely say the film will be devoted to introducing us to the otherwise mysterious character.
Markus: We don’t get an element of surprise. Everyone knows he’s coming, and yet he hasn’t had terribly many scenes that have illuminated very much about him. You can count on a lot of scenes where we illuminate a lot about him very early.
Given how little we have seen of Thanos, it is easy to understand why he may take the spotlight during the beginning of the film. While we all want to see Thanos, this film is also dealing with the entire MCU and bringing it together as confirmed with the inclusion of Star-Lord and Thor. For Markus and McFeely, it could be a difficult task to balance that many characters, and they are still working on making it work.
McFeely: We still have to take it on a character-by-character basis. The challenge is hanging on to character as motivation when you blow the canvas up to the entire universe. And not to make it seem like all your people look like tiny little video game characters running around.
Markus: It’s just trying to balance character moments in the middle of big, crazy Jim Starlin [creator of the “Infinity Gauntlet” comic series] action.
The Russo brothers have previously joked about 67 characters being in the movie, but that number is not that absurd. When it all comes together and they start filming at the end of the year, I am confident in Markus, McFeely, the Russos, Feige, and the rest of the Marvel crew to have figured this out and give every character their moments to shine.
Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 is scheduled to hit theaters May 4, 2018.
Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 is scheduled to hit theaters May 3, 2019.