– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Most Marvel Studios films as of late have been unique in some way. Rather than just being typical superhero films, there are many that take on a second genre. This is a trend that carries over to the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War.

Marvel Studios has pretty much conditioned us to expect this, so it’s not exactly a huge surprise. What is a surprise, however, is one of the genres Avengers: Infinity War will heavily lean on. Speaking with CNET, co-director Anthony Russo said:

“With Infinity War, the biggest new element to the movie is Thanos and the fact that he’s entering the storytelling in a very bold, strong way, to the degree that he’s almost one of the leads. We’ve shaped an interesting narrative around him that in some ways leans heavily on a heist film in the fact that he’s going after the infinity stones in a much bolder, successful way than he has in the past. The entire movie has that energy of the bad guy being one step ahead of the heroes. We looked at a lot of movies that had that heist-style energy to them, [and] that brought some inspiration.”

We’d like to get our hands on some of those movies they’re referring to so we can have an idea of what to expect, but we’re loving this idea. Also pretty cool is the fact that Thanos is being advertised as one of the leads of this film. Rather than just being the big antagonist set to go up against our heroes, it sounds like we may very well be seeing him as a potential protagonist-esque character, which is something Marvel hasn’t done quite yet (though the closest to that may be Captain America: Civil War).

What do you think of this statement? Let us know down below!

Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on May 4, 2018.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.