‘Avengers: Infinity War’: Does Thanos Have a Capacity to Love?

From the first moment we laid eyes on him in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers in 2012, we’ve known Thanos as nothing more than the Mad Titan, the MCU’s ultimate big bad. His reputation traveled not just through our world, but the MCU’s as well, and as the year’s went by, we became to realize that at some point, his fist would eventually hit the ground and hard.

While Thanos will no doubt be making his point with a massive thud come next month, we’ve never actually talked about the character outside of his hate for the universe. If you remember, he does have two daughters, and while both Gamora and Nebula have expressed the hate they have for their father, they’re still his daughters, and there’s nothing like a father-daughter relationship, right?

Entertainment Weekly captured as much information as they possibly could have during their set visit on Infinity War, and on top of all the fantastic news bits they got, we got an answer as to whether or not the Mad Titan has a heart. EW sat down with Josh Brolin for a lengthy interview with the universe’s most angry character, and in the midst of the conversation they got on the topic of Thanos and affection. Here’s what Brolin had to say:

Is he cold the whole way through, or does he feel any affection for [Gamora and Nebula]?

“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.”

Now the interesting part about this isn’t the fact that he can or that it’s been revealed, but whether or not it’ll be featured in the film. At this point, I’m going into Infinity War feeling like Thanos will be the main character, which to me, means that this point should at least be mentioned at some point during the story. At the same time, I can understand why it would’t fit, but at the same time again, villains are so much better when they have depth and not just hellbent on destroying everything, right?

If you’re looking to read the entire interview from, head to this link to read much more on who is hopefully the best comic book villain we’ve ever seen. Also, look out this week as a new trailer has been rumored to drop this week. We’ll have it right here as soon as it does! Joe and Anthony Russo’s Avengers: Infinity War smashes into theaters on April 27th.

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