When you have a film that juggles literally dozens of superheroes, chances are you’re going to go through a few drafts before you really settle in on what really works. Avengers: Infinity War is no different. While it may have been spit out onto the scene in its highly-polished state, there were a variety of directions it could have gone.
Yes, as it stands, Thanos could technically be seen as the protagonist of the film (albeit a dickish protagonist), but it sounds like the writers nearly went in a slightly different direction — a direction that would have made even more of the protagonist than he already is. At a recent Q&A session, director Joe Russo revealed in one draft, the film was presented in a non-linear fashion, with Thanos serving as narrator:
“A lot of times when you work on a movie of this scale and you end up with a 250-page draft, it’s the bible for the movie. You gain a lot of information. You write characters out in a way that you start to understand what it is they want. I think writing out Thanos’ narration gave us insight into who he was as a character and what we wanted him to do in this film. So then it was much easier once we started pulling all that out to make it subtext for him as a character, and to make a more linear structure.”
Well, I think it really worked. While I was initially critical of the movie, as it didn’t feel like a complete story, the more I’ve thought of it, the more I’ve grown to appreciate Thanos as a great villain. While the voice-over may not have made it in, it’s clear it helped shape his overall perspective on life, which is cool.
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