Details About Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War

Thanos is the latest villain the Avengers will face off against in Avengers: Infinity War, arriving in theaters this summer.  Below check out the details of the big adversary unveiled in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly.

The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly has revealed tons of new information about Marvel’s upcoming blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War.  The movie is billed as the culmination of everything that came before it in the Marvel cinematic universe, all 18 movies released thus far coming to a head as the majority of the heroes still alive will battle against their biggest threat yet, Thanos.  Thanos was teased at the end of the first Avengers movie and since then has been briefly shown in Guardians of the Galaxy, post-credit scenes and mentioned by various characters.  Who is this big baddie, affectionately known as the Mad Titan, and how can he pose a threat to the combined forces of the Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, the Asgardians, Spider-Man, Black Panther and many more?

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige spoke with  Entertainment Weekly and provided the following statement about what motivates the main villain in Infinity War, and it differs for the comics.

“He’s from a planet called Titan that’s no longer inhabited because of things that he thought he could help prevent, and he was not allowed to do that. What he feared most happened, and the planet and everybody on it basically went extinct. He vowed not to let that happen again. He thinks he sees the universe going down the tubes. He thinks he sees life expanding outward unchecked. That will bring ruin, he believes, to the universe and to that life.”

“That’s either genius or horrific, depending on your point of view, and most of our point of views say it’s pretty horrific.”

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This origin differs from the Thanos of the comics.  In the comics, he was the one responsible for Titan’s destruction and it wasn’t because he was trying to save it.  According to wikipedia, he gathered an army of aliens and began a nuclear bombardment of Titan that resulted in the killing of millions of his race.  Why, so that he could impress Mistress Death, the literal embodiment of death in Marvel comics.  At the end of the first Avengers movie an alien tells Thanos that challenging the Avengers would be wooing death.  I understood that to mean the character Death and that his motivation in the films was going to mimic the comic pages, but so far we haven’t heard anything about the character death in the information about this movie (who many assumed would be Cate Blanchette’s character Hela, the God of Death in Thor: Ragnarok) and at the very least her approval will not be his only motivation in Infinity War.

What else do we know about his character in the film.  Well Josh Brolin, the actor performing the motion capture and voice of the Mad Titan, provided the following statement suggesting that there may be more to him than simply an unstoppable physical force posing a threat to civilization.  One big criticism of Marvel movies to date is that their villains have not been particularly memorable.  Outside of a precious few, the main villains have basically been imposing physical embodiment of evil with minimal depth or character development.  What will be different about Thanos, the main antagonist we’ve been waiting 10 years and 18 movies to see?  Here’s what Brolin said in his interview with Entertainment Weekly:

“You see this lughead and this guy who you pigeonhole right from the first cosmetic reaction to him. And what I see is this in this guy’s eyes. This super, super, super intelligence. There’s this constant contrasting thing about this Neanderthalic lughead who’s way more intelligent than anybody else in the movie, by far.”

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In additional to being more of an intellectual threat than anyone the Avengers have faced to this point, Brolin shared the following insight into the depth of his character and whether he holds any attachment to his “children”, the individuals he took from their families and raised as killing machines for his own purposes:

“Yeah. I do think he does. When you see the relationship with Gamora and you see that evolves, God I wish I could tell you. I can’t! When [directors Joe and Anthony Russo] came up to me after we had done maybe three quarters of the film, they said, “It wasn’t necessarily intended that you feel for this guy as much as you do.” Obviously he has a grand plan, like somebody who’s pulling in kids for their own selfish bloodshed. But he has a capacity to love very much and very deeply.”

The film’s directors, the Russo brothers, have previously mentioned that Infinity War would be Thanos’ film.  That unlike the previous movies that centered around the heroes, he would be the main character of the movie and given the most screen time to develop.  That would certainly be a major shift in status quo for a Marvel movie, but is necessary to paint this villain as the threat to the galaxy he’s intended to be and worthy as being the bookend to this chapter of Marvel movies.  Sure, there’s going to be plenty of other films after this one, but Kevin Feige has promised that this movie (and the unnamed sequel arriving in theaters next summer) would mark an end and a turning point in the franchise.

So what do you think, do you like what has been revealed so far about the Avenger’s biggest villain yet?  Are you excited to see Infinity War come out at the end of next month?  Marvel has certainly been building towards this being their biggest event movie yet, and therefore one of the biggest movies of all time.  Time will tell whether audiences are on board and if this will pull a box office return worthy of 18 years of hype.  Avengers: Infinity War arrives in theaters April 27, 2018.

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