Thanos is The Main Character of Avengers: Infinity War

Posted 2017/02/08 5036 0

According to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, in an interview with Collider, Thanos is so important to the Avengers: Infinity War story that he's essentially the main character.


The news comes courtesy of Screen Rant, who visited the set of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 back in April. During their set visit, they spoke with producer Rob Keyes, who talked a bit about the fact that the MCU movies typically focus on their heroes and not as much on their villains. He proceeded to say that Thanos will be different in that, he could be considered the main character in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War. Here is what he had to say.

"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 [Markus] and Steve [McFeely] 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.”

Feige then defended Marvel’s heroes-centric approach to superhero storytelling, comparing the original MCU film, Iron Man, with DC’s The Dark Knight, which came out the same year.

“In 2008, there are two superhero movies that came out. One focused on the villain, one focused on the hero, and we at Marvel looked at them, like yeah, we focus on the heroes. We don’t mind that. We like that,” he said.

Feige was, however, was quick to state that he didn’t want to spark “a flame war,” according to SlashFilm.

So far, there are at least 30 characters already confirmed for the film (with more expected), but it's particularly interesting to hear that the villain will get the most focus. At least that might mean he's given proper back-story and we're all given a reason to care about him. That would elevate Thanos above most of the MCU villains so far.

Written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”), “Avengers: Infinity War” is expected to be the culmination of the subplots involving Brolin’s Thanos and the Infinity Stones that have been threaded through many of the Marvel films for years. Directed Joe and Anthony Russo (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Captain America: Civil War”), the film arrives May 4, 2018, followed by an as-yet-untitled sequel on May 3, 2019. The sprawling ensemble cast includes Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Chris Pratt, Jeremy Renner, Benedict Cumberbatch and Brie Larson, among others.