Avengers: Infinity War might contain the Marvel Cinematic Universe's biggest roster of superheroes to date, but the film's screenwriters believe, "In many ways it’s Thanos’ movie."
While speaking with Screen Rant, co-writers Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus discussed the MCU's rocky track record with villains, and how the newest Avengers sequel will separate Thanos from the pack.
"Yes, one of the big challenges is how to make sure he’s not just a relentless machine collecting stones like he’s going shopping," McFeely said. "So we want to give him a full weighted emotional story. You can kind of say this is Thanos’ origin story so that he will get the weight of any of the previous heroes in terms of the decisions he has to make in order to get what he wants."
"Well part of it is motivation," Markus added. "If you have a villain who just wants to kill somebody or just wants to take over the world because it seems like a fun thing to do, or has been paid by the Russians to take over the world… run for President to take over the world. That guy isn’t very interesting. He’s pathetic, but we take this from [Thanos co-creator Jim Starlin]. Thanos is an amoral philosopher. He’s not the Devil – although he does sometimes have the Devil standing next to him."
Markus then remarked on how vital it was to make the Mad Titan as sympathetic as possible, therefore enriching the film's overall narrative in the process. "We wanted that all the way through," he said. "To have a villain with understandable motivations and emotions. Thanos has family. Thanos has two daughters that we know of. Thanos has eight million back stories in the comics but they’re all kind of sad."
Fans are clearly ecstatic to find out if the writers succeeded, as Avengers: Infinity War's second trailer just scored the third-biggest debut ever.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Infinity War stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Bettany, Anthony Mackie, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Tom Hiddleston, Peter Dinklage and Josh Brolin. The superhero ensemble hits theaters on April 27.