It looks like Thanos is not going to remain a stranger in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for too much longer.
Well, in two years’ time, anyway.
Since making his big-screen debut at the end of 2012’s The Avengers, the Mad Titan has only been seen on two other occasions, once in Guardians of the Galaxy two years later, and a post-credit scene after last year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. And considering that the upcoming two-part Avengers: Infinity War movies deal with Thanos’ ongoing mission to collect up all the Infinity Stones, it may be good for us to get to know more about him before we see the Avengers (and maybe a Guardian as well?) come together to rival him.
And that, according to screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, is exactly what is going to happen. While promoting Captain America: Civil War, Markus had this to say in response to a question about viewers not knowing much about the villain;
“That’s a good point. We don’t get an element of surprise. Everyone knows he’s coming, and yet he hasn’t had terribly many scenes that have illuminated very much about him. You can count on a lot of scenes where we illuminate a lot about him very early.”
McFeely, meanwhile, spoke about the mammoth task ahead of them with Infinity War, with directors Anthony and Joe Russo previously insisting that every MCU character will feature.
“We still have to take it on a character-by-character basis. The challenge is hanging on to character as motivation when you blow the canvas up to the entire universe. And not to make it seem like all your people look like tiny little video game characters running around. It’s just trying to balance character moments in the middle of big, crazy Jim Starlin action.”
Infinity War Part I is due to be released on 4 May 2018.