We know Thanos is driving the narrative in Avengers: Infinity War, but through who’s eyes will the story be told? Loki and Ultron steered the major conflicts in The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron, respectively, but Tony Stark was arguably the main character in both of those films.
The Avengers was told primarily through Stark’s point-of-view. His growth from individualist to teammate, and his near-fatal sacrifice in the third act, represented the major arc in that story. In Age of Ultron, Stark and Bruce Banner partnered to create Ultron; the horrors and betrayals associated with that invention again rested upon Stark’s shoulders.
Stark was also (more-or-less) the villain of Captain America: Civil War… but that was absolutely Cap and Winter Soldier’s movie.
The first two Avengers films were rather straight-forward, linear, and self-contained (aside from the post-credits stuff). Avengers: Infinity War is the punctation mark for the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), and is much more episodic and sprawling than the previous Avengers films, based on everything reported to-date. So, it doesn’t appear that Stark will be the main or even the major focus in this movie.
In a suprising twist, Avengers: Infinity War will be viewed from the perspective of Thanos himself. How do we know this? Anthony Mackie (Falcon) provided some intel in a recent interview with ScreenRant:
“… it’s not like you see one person who is the lead of the movie. It’s truly and ensemble movie. I would say if anybody is the lead of the movie it’s Thanos. And it’s all of us working around, orbiting Thanos because he’s such a big bad guy. He’s the uber bad guy. He’s the worst bad guy of all bad guys of all time.”
Intriguing, right? We already know that Thanos is getting a significant amount of screen time, according to MovieWeb. Now we know why. Director Joe Russo offered these comments:
“Thanos has an incredible amount of screen time in this film, in a lot of ways I would say it’s his movie … the story is told from the point of view of a villain.”
In recent years Marvel has (mostly) solved their villain problem. Loki, Kingpin, Hela, and Killmonger were complex and nuanced antagonists that provided audiences with reasons to understand or empathize with their motivations. Now we’re getting a villain who can hold an entire film on his own. We hope.
Making Thanos the focal point of Avengers: Infinity War represents a big change in the MCU. But there’s every reason to be confident in this shift. Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely wrote the last two Captain America movies and are responsible for the next two Avengers films, and those are considered at the top of just about everyone’s “best of the MCU” lists.
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Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on April 27, 2018.