With both Disney’s annual D23 conference and San Diego’s Comic-Con in the rear-view mirror it’s only a matter of time until we’re graced with an official version of the teaser trailer for next year’s Avengers: Infinity War. That movie has been framed as the end of the first three phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and has been hinted at since the post-credit scene from the first Avengers film, where Thanos was shown to be the one pulling the strings behind the Chitauri invasion of earth. Infinity War will show him amassing the six Infinity Stones and could make him the most formidable villain in any movie ever, let alone MCU film.
The Russo brothers (of Captain America: The Winter Soldier/Civil War fame) are returning to helm Infinity War and have said that Thanos is essentially the main character of Infinity War in the hopes of shaking the “villain curse” that MCU movies have had thus far. If there’s any weakness to the Marvel Movies since 2008 it’s that the baddies leave something to be desired and it appears that the Russo’s are acutely aware of this problem. Joe Russo spoke with ComicBook.com over the weekend and touched on this as well as his expectation for Infinity War, he said:
“The stakes are incredibly high. I wanted to turn Thanos into Darth Vader for a new generation. He’s an incredibly intense character. Sociopathic. He takes no prisoners. I think the audience needs to be prepared when they go see these movies.”
Talk about aiming low! Thanos is one of the most formidable characters in all of Marvel comics and he’s had a really rough life as the one imperfect member of the Moon Titan. Because of his hideous appearance he was ostracized by his own people and that’s lead to a life devoid of love or understanding, something he’s passed on in the MCU by treating his own “children” like science experiments. The MCU has a very tall order on it’s hands in Thanos and it’s a relief hearing that they understand the stakes and are really swinging for the fences with Brolin’s portrayal. If the leaked teaser is any indication, they’ve got it right, as Thanos is quoted essentially as someone who is not only hyper powerful (“Fun is not something one considers when balancing the Universe”) but devoid of emotion or empathy (“…Dread it, run from it, destiny still arrives.”).
Now that Disney owns the rights to everything Star Wars, it’s looking like they’ll have two of the top film villains of all time in their stable after the release of Infinity War. Sounds amazing!