Thanos may be Marvel Studios’ most ambitious villain. Most films in the franchise mainly focus on developing their heroes so quite a few villains were either a copy of the titular hero or not given enough time to develop beyond just stereotypes. They have had some more success with their villains in the last few films, like Vulture and Zemo. Now it is finally time for the man in the chair to step up and prove why the galaxy truly fears him. In an interview, director Joe Russo has revealed that Avengers: Infinity War might focus more on Thanos’ journey through the galaxy rather than the heroes that face him. Moreover, he draws the classic comparison to one of the histories’ greatest cinematic villains, Darth Vader and how his extended role in the film should help solidify the Mad Titan as one of the greats.
Darth Vader was the pre-eminent villain of my childhood, and we’re hoping to make a Darth Vader for a new generation. We’re hoping he has that complexity to him, and that he strikes fear into the heart of the audience, but at the same time they go on a journey with him. Frankly, Avengers 3 is his movie. It’s very important to us that Thanos has a level of photorealism that makes that audience believe him.
The film will boast the franchise’ largest ensemble cast and will follow many different storylines surrounding the arrival of Thanos to reclaim the Infinity Stones. It will be interesting to see how the directors juggle all these elements while keeping the main focus on the Mad Titan. Luckily, we also have an unnamed sequel that will continue Thanos’ quest in some manner, as the Infinity War film was originally conceived as a two-part story. We already got a glimpse at Thanos decimating the Avengers with only two stones in his possession so who knows what he will manage once he collects the rest of the stones. The Comic-Con trailer also gave us a good look at him pulling down what seemed to be the moon while fighting the Avengers, but it seems the Russos have a lot more in store for us.
That’s one of many things Thanos does in this film. He’s an incredible threat!
It certainly sounds exciting whatever they have in store for us. Thanos is the villain all films have been building up towards and they may not hold back in showing how ruthless he truly is. We got small glimpses at the path of devastation that he leaves behind, such as taking over Thor’s ship to get his hands on the Tesseract and the realization that he must have gotten the Power Stone after destroying Xandar and the Nova Corp. Hopefully, we will get to follow every step of Thanos’ path until he gets his hands on all the Infinity Stones.
Are you excited to see Thanos out of his chair? What do you want to see happen?