The MCU has been teasing us with Thanos for a while now, but it looks like the character will be finally stepping into the spotlight.
Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 and 2 are on the way, and it’s these two pictures that will see Thanos (Josh Brolin) taking on a much bigger role as a Marvel villain.
Captain America: Civil War and Infinity War scribes Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely confirmed to The Huffington Post that the supervillain would be a big part of the Infinity War pictures. And when asked about what they were most excited to tackle in the new films, they were pretty clear.
“[Thanos]. It’s easy,” McFeely said. “Really giving him good scenes. You know, he’s never been the villain in any of the movies. He’s never been the main character in that way, so giving lots of good screen time to Thanos is paramount and pretty fun.”
Added Markus: “There’s an aspect of, you know, people know what’s coming, so our challenge is how best are we going to handle this somewhat known quantity. But also he’s barely been touched on. He’s at about 20 seconds of screen time.”
Marvel has been playing the long game with Thanos, who was first seen in the post-credit sequence that came with The Avengers. The Mad Titan was given a little more to do in Guardians of the Galaxy and we saw him in another small scene in Avengers: Age of Ultron. So, for a character that is being set up as arguably the most formidable villain our heroes will meet, he really hasn’t done too much.
“He hasn’t had an amazing scene. I think it’s an advantage ultimately, right? Because people are anticipating this guy coming in and really delivering the goods,” McFeely said. “So, I think they’re eager, and we just have to deliver it. We don’t have to convince them that he’s gonna be interesting. We just have to execute what has been teased.”
As great as the pictures are, and sans Loki, Marvel doesn’t have a very good track record delivering strong, memorable villains. Fingers crossed Thanos proves to be the big bad he’s been teased to be.
Winter Soldier and Civil War directors Joe and Anthony Russo are continuing on with Marvel for the Infinity War films. Part 1 is scheduled for U.S. release on May 4, 2018 and Part 2 is set to open in the U.S. on May 3, 2019.