Back during Comic Con in 2014, Marvel Studios officially introduced Josh Brolin as the MCU big baddie, Thanos. From that point, I expected the character to have an even bigger presence in the Phase Two movies, especially since he was first teased at the conclusion of Phase One in The Avengers. However, all we’ve gotten up to this point is a brief appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy and another post-credits teaser.
Considering the major casting of a big time actor in Brolin, plus the opportunity to make Thanos the biggest, baddest, most threatening villain in the MCU just in time for Avengers: Infinity War, where all the Marvel characters come together to face off against him, I certainly expected more. But as it turns out, Marvel President and Executive Producer Kevin Feige has been planning on taking a different approach to what kind of story Avengers: infinity War will tell:
Thanos in Infinity War is – in a movie that has a lot of characters, you could almost go so far as to say he is the main character, and that’s a bit of a departure from what we’ve done before, but that was appropriate for a movie called Infinity War.
A villain being a main character in a Marvel movie is a big time departure. Other than Loki, every movie has put the focus on the hero, and the studio has gotten some valid criticism for it. Now they want to shake things up, in a film that will feature every major character in the MCU (at least the ones who’ve survived). I think this is a very smart move by the filmmakers. The best comic book movies, like The Dark Knight for example, are great partially because of how much focus and development they give the villain. I’m excited to see how they explore Thanos, what motivates him, and if we can relate to him. Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on May 4, 2018.