There aren’t many things that fans routinely criticise the Marvel Cinematic Universe for, but the quality of its villains is definitely the biggest. Marvel Studios might have nailed every one of their heroes, but often their antagonists leave a lot to be desired.
Well, apparently the upcoming crossover extravaganza Avengers: Infinity War will fix that. According to Marvel supremo Kevin Feige, the villainous Thanos will be so central to the movie that you could even say he was the main character.
Feige’s surprising declaration was made to a panel of journalists (including representatives from Screenrant and Collider) on the set of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 last April, but has just now come to light. Here’s what he had to say in full:
“Well, I mean, it always varies, but it always starts with what serves the story the most and what serves the hero the most. We’ve been criticized, if a big criticism of ours is that we focus on the heroes more than the villains, I think that’s probably true. I don’t think it will always be true and I think some of you spoke to Chris and Steve at the Civil War junket. When the heck was that, yesterday? Last week? And they talked about, in appropriately oblique terms, Thanos. Thanos in Infinity War is, you know, in a movie that has a lot of characters, you could almost go so far as to say he is the main character, and that’s a bit of a departure from what we’ve done before, but that was appropriate for a movie called Infinity War.”
There are many ways we could interpret Feige’s words. Does he mean that Thanos’ hunt for the Infinity Stones will be the thrust of the movie – which is pretty much what we expected anyway – or that we will actually follow events from his point-of-view? That would be a novel way of approaching the problem of dealing with dozens of heroes: just keep them all to the sidelines and use the villain as the focal point.
Whatever role he plays, Thanos will finally make his mark on the Marvel Cinematic Universe when Avengers: Infinity War arrives on May 4th 2018.
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