Screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, of Captain America: Civil War, have been answering a lot of questions lately. First, they had to explain why Iron Man would recruit Spider-Man and not Daredevil, and now perhaps the most burning question of all: where was Thanos?

The Marvel villain has been teased since the end of The Avengers in 2012. And while it has long been known he will be the main antagonist in the future for Iron Man, Captain America et al, why wouldn’t he appear while the heroes are at their weakest?

When speaking with The Verge, Christopher Markus elaborated on the creative decision to not include him in this particular outing:

“He’s going to have two movies…So we didn’t want to play him out and then have people be like, ‘Eh, more of this guy…’ We also wanted [Civil War] to be a very kind of boots-on-the-ground, grounded movie that set the stage for Infinity War, that sets all the Avengers apart from each other and at their weakest point. So that when this giant purple man does show up, they’re not ready for it.”

It seems the writers have set a clear course for how he will make his appearance, and how he will act as the catalyst to reunite a since-broken team of Avengers.

We have known about Thanos since 2012, with Marvel explicitly telling us how he will be the central threat for all the heroes we have seen so far in the universe’s eight-year cinematic history. As Phase 3 comes to an end with Infinity War Part 2 in 2019, we will have to wait a bit longer to see how it will all play out.

Captain America: Civil War is currently in theatres and breaking all kinds of records. It has so far grossed over $731 million at the global box office, with no signs of slowing down.

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