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Joss Whedon Admits He Had No Idea What To Do With Thanos

Back in 2012, Joss Whedon blew the doors off the Marvel Cinematic Universe when he put out the still-strong Avengers film, which brought together six superheroes for the first time on the big screen. But that wasn’t the only way he changed the future of the universe. He also introduced big bad Thanos in the unforgettable post-credits scene, where he turned to face the camera, solidifying his future role as a threat to the entire universe.

A whole lot has happened since then, and earlier this year in Avengers: Infinity War, we got to see Thanos’ plan come to fruition as he hunted down the Infinity Stones. While Whedon pointed the character in the comics-accurate direction of wooing Death, the Russo Brothers deviated from that approach, making him a more sympathetic villain. But how does Whedon feel about that? Speaking with IGN, the filmmaker seemed to agree with their approach, and seemed to pull back on how he introduced the character.

“Honestly, I kind of hung [Thanos] out to dry. I love Thanos. I love his apocalyptic vision, his love affair with death. I love his power. But, I don’t really understand it. He’s had a lot of power, and he was cool in the comics. And I’m like, Thanos is the ultimate Marvel villain! And then I was like, I don’t actually know what I would do with Thanos. So, I liked what [the Russo brothers] did so much, and I thought Josh Brolin killed it. And they did an amazing job of keeping that performance on-screen. But it wasn’t like I was like, here’s a set of directions. I was like, I’m gonna get through Ultron, nap for four years, and then I’ll come to the premiere. Which I did! It was like, this is so cool!”

Personally, I appreciated their more human approach to the character, and he turned into the latest in what’s becoming a long string of memorable Marvel baddies, even if it’s slightly out of keeping with how the character was introduced.

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