Gotta love the MacGuffins. Marvel Studios had made quite the profitable enterprise in writing stories about a whole batch of MacGuffins. More specifically, with Avengers: Infinity War, which featured several Infinity Stones floating around the universe for Thanos to run around and snatch up over the course of the film.
But unlike many MacGuffins out there that generally don’t matter — as they’re usually just a means to drive the plot forward — the Infinity Stones hold a lot of power to disrupt the plot in a huge way. By themselves, they hold a ridiculous amount of power, but put them together, and you have a real danger to creating a plot with no real weight, as Avengers 4 writer Christopher Markus revealed in Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War – The Art of the Movie.
“They’ve been misused by people who didn’t understand their true power. And now that the real master of them, Thanos, has shown up we can see what they actually do. The problem is, as you can imagine, as you gain control over these things, your story just goes haywire because why are there any stakes for the man who can control time, space, reality, your mind, your soul and power? He can reset as many times as it’ll take. So you have to build in a lot of bumps in the road or maybe keep one stone away from him for long enough in order for the thing to have any dramatic structure at all.”
You’ll notice that in Avengers: Infinity War, he only had all six stones for a brief moment near the end, and even that was just a means to an end — the desire to snuff out half the universe. They made a point to keep most of the stones out of his reach, lest the plot go completely bats**t crazy.
I almost wonder if they made Thanos a more altruistic character for that very reason: once he accomplished his goal, he wouldn’t feel the need to do anything else other than escape and relax. He has no real desire to amass power or woo anyone, so there’s no reason for him to make things even worse than they already were.
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