Thor’s ‘Radical Transformation’ Continues in Avengers: Infinity War

Avengers: Infinity War directors Joe and Anthony Russo recently conducted a Q&A session about the highly anticipated upcoming Marvel Studios film. In it, Anthony Russo cited Thor as the character to watch, saying the fallout of last year’s Thor: Ragnarok has found the character “moving forward in a way where he could never go back.”

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Answering a fan question on which character the directors were most excited for viewers to see in the film. Joe answered that he was eager to see audiences get to know more about Thanos in the film, calling him a “very interesting and complex villain” with compelling (albeit psychotic) motivations. Anthony, on the other hand, chose Thor.

“We’re picking up his story from the end of Thor: Ragnarok,” Anthony Russo said in a YouTube Q&A. “At the end of that film his home planet, Asgard, is destroyed. So the character is in new territory, because his past has been torn away from him to a degree. I think that was very similar to Captain America’s situation when we picked up his story in Winter Soldier. Cap was in a place when we were very much catching him up in the modern world, and seeing what that meant to him, and figuring out how you move a character that far forward, and that far away from where they started back during the ’40s. We have similar opportunities with [Thor] in this movie. He’s gone through a radical transformation, and he’s moving forward in a way where he could never go back. That’s always a fun place to be with a character as a storyteller.”

Considering that Thor is going to be met by the Mad Titan after his home was just blown to smithereens, it makes sense that he’d be in for another game-changer.

Thor hasn’t played a significant role in any of the teasers released thus far for Avengers: Infinity War other than interacting with the Guardians of the Galaxy, so it will be interesting to see how the Russos are going to further the development of his character following the cataclysmic events of Thor: Ragnarok.

Avengers: Infinity War will arrive in theaters on May 28. Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, the film stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Anthony Mackie as the Falcon, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch, Tom Holland as Spider-Man, Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, Chris Pratt as Star Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Vin Diesel as Groot, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, and Josh Brolin as Thanos.