We’re almost exactly one year away from the release of “Avengers: Infinity War,” the first half of a two-part conclusion to the massive undertaking that has been the first three phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Aside from every Marvel hero supposedly making an appearance as they all attempt to bring down Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet, not much is known about the movie’s overall plot. What’s more, Thanos’ reason for wanting the Infinity Stones so badly hasn’t yet been elaborated on in any of the films. But while the Mad Titan’s motivations still remain largely a secret, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige may have just dropped a major hint about why Thanos is he who he is during “Infinity War.”
“[His motives] will be similar to what they were in the ‘Infinity Gauntlet’ in various ways. I guess that’s all I can say about that,” Feige told Collider in a recent interview.
While seemingly concise and vague, Feige actually may have nodded to a huge plot point for the movie. In “Infinity Gauntlet,” the massive crossover comic book event from 1991, Thanos seeks to obtain the Infinity Stones (called Gems at this point) to amass enough power to wipe out huge swaths of life in the universe, thereby hoping to win the love of the personification of Death. If his motives are “similar” in any way, then it stands to reason that we’ll be seeing Thanos looking to off a whole bunch of people…and probably some Avengers, to boot.
Whether or not this is to impress Death herself remains to be seen — no one has officially been cast as the character, although it’s totally plausible that Marvel is keeping that news under wraps, and Collider points out that Death may be introduced in the untitled “Avengers 4” film that’s set to debut the following year. In any case, Thanos obtaining the Infinity Gauntlet will coincide with some Marvel actors’ contracts expiring, and when he had control of the artifact in the comics, not everyone survived his initial onslaught.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, “Avengers: Infinity War” boasts a sprawling ensemble cast that includes Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland and Anthony Mackie. The film arrives in theaters May 4, 2018, with the untitled sequel opening May 3, 2019.