Going into any Marvel movie, you’re almost guaranteed to get a certain level of quality out of it. It’s been true ever since Iron Man hit theaters back in 2008, and while not every one of the movies has hit it out of the park, every single one of them has its own redeemable qualities. That being said, there is one near-universal comment regarding around seventy percent or more of these movies.
Their villains suck.
And while that’s not really a good thing, one could argue that it’s because of their hero first emphasis that we grow to care for these characters as much as we do. It certainly helped to make Captain America: Civil War a captivating watch. Had we not given a single iota about the characters, chances are it would have been less than well received.
Looking forward to such films as Avengers: Infinity War, fans couldn’t help but wonder if Thanos would suffer the same terrible fate. He’s a villain who will have been introduced 13 films prior to his becoming the bad guy. Shouldn’t we at least know something about him before the Avengers take him head-on?
Speaking with Screen Rant, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige gave an interesting statement, seeming to imply that none of the Avengers would actually be utilized as the lead.
So who would be taking the place as the film’s lead? Well, have a look:
“Well, I mean, it always varies, but it always starts with what serves the story the most and what serves the hero the most. We’ve been criticized, if a big criticism of ours is that we focus on the heroes more than the villains, I think that’s probably true. I don’t think it will always be true and I think some of you spoke to Chris [Markus] and Steve [McFeely] at the Civil War junket. When the heck was that, yesterday? Last week? And they talked about, in appropriately oblique terms, Thanos. Thanos in Infinity War is, you know, 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.”
That’s right. Unless Feige is being a bit dishonest about what to expect from this movie (and we can’t say he’s ever done that in the past), it sounds as though Thanos, the big bad in the MCU, will be the main character of Avengers: Infinity War. This makes me wonder simply HOW this movie will turn out. Will we actually be following Thanos in his journey to secure these Infinity Stones? Will we actually be rooting for him to some extent?
More than anything, it has me wondering if that perspective is setting up the Avengers to fail in this movie, only to rise again in Avengers 4 (which used to be called Avengers: Infinity War Part 2). This would be a great way to change up the typical formula, and given the acting chops of Thanos actor Josh Brolin, we at least know he’s more than able to make a believable baddie.
What do you think of this news? Are you okay with seeing a Thanos-centric story? Let us know your thoughts down below!
Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on May 4, 2018!
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SOURCE: Screen Rant