One of the immutable advantages of Marvel TV over the films is that they’ve got all the time in the world to tell the story of the show’s big bad. Throughout the seasons of Daredevil, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the rest of Marvel TV, we’ve been treated to in-depth explorations of villain origins, resulting in incredibly compelling characters. The same is expected with Thanos, who is essentially making his legit debut in Avengers: Infinity War. Sadly, that doesn’t seem to be the case according to director Anthony Russo.
We were considering showing [Thanos’] backstory but ultimately felt it wasn’t necessary for the movie.
Should we be bummed that we aren’t seeing the seeds of Jason Aaron‘s comic Thanos Rising in the film? Not really. The Russos have stated endlessly that this film is the perfect vehicle to showcase just what the Mad Titan is all about. Even though we aren’t going to get flashbacks to his past as the young child to Eternals Mentor and Sui-San, the Russos have made it a point to tell this story through Thanos’ perspective. And at the least, we know we’ll be seeing the early days of Gamora’s relationship with him. That should suffice in telling the story of what could be the MCU’s baddest villain.