The culmination of a decade's worth films is coming next year with Avengers: Infinity War, as the heroes of the MCU take on their toughest foe in the Mad Titan, Thanos (Josh Brolin). Thanos' creator, Jim Starlin, recently visited the set of the highly anticipated Avengers: Infinity War and has let fans know what he thinks about Avengers 3 and 4. He states:
The biggest surprise was how open everyone was with us about what they were doing. I learned far more about the two movies than I was expecting. So because of that, I want to tell all you Thanos fans out there, without giving anything away, you're not going to be disappointed, far from it. I truly believe folks will be pleasantly shocked by how delightfully different these two movies will be from previous Marvel films. Joe, Anthony, Chris, Stephen and the rest of the gang have my complete confidence in their ushering of our favorite Mad Titan out from the world of comics and into the Marvel cinematic universe. My first born leaves the nest to wreck havoc on the heavens. What more could a proud father hope for?
While it seems unlikely that Jim Starlin would say anything negative about the production, it is encouraging that Thanos' creator has enough faith in how his creation is being brought to life on the big screen that he took to his own Facebook page to talk about it. Starlin was involved in the creation of not only Thanos, but also Drax and Gamora and he has also written Captain Marvel. So this guy has a ton of credibility when it comes to the cosmic side of the Marvel universe, and he seems to be a huge fan of what The Russo Brothers are doing.
The mention that Infinity War and the as-yet-untitled Avengers 4 will be very different than previous Marvel films is very interesting. I think most expect this movie to be just a bigger, badder version of the previous Avengers films with a little Guardians of the Galaxy sprinkled in. But this statement makes me think that Marvel is trying to do something different and truly special with these movies beyond just having more characters and being more expensive than their predecessors. With so few story details to go on, time will tell if phase three does indeed go out on a high note.
With the exception of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, there are few films this anticipated, with this much secrecy around them. We haven't even seen a trailer yet, so there are a ton of questions about Avengers: Infinity War and how it will impact the MCU going forward. We know that Marvel wants the focus to be on Infinity War for now and not Avengers 4 so we still don't know if Thanos will be the villain in the second film. Marvel has been criticized in the past for having weak and one-dimensional villains, but if Thanos' arc takes two whole films and has a major impact on the future of the MCU, those criticisms may finally be laid to rest.