The Marvel Cinematic Universe currently maintains a vice grip on the world of superhero adventures, but one area where the franchise has arguably lacked is the realm of villains. However, according to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige: Avengers: Infinity War's Thanos will dwarf the impact of any MCU villain from previous films, and he will do it within the first five minutes of the long-awaited blockbuster. Addressing the gravity of Thanos' arrival at Brazil Comic Con, Feige said:
So, within the first five minutes of Infinity War people will understand why Thanos is the biggest and baddest villain in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
So it sounds like we won't have to wait long to see why Thanos is such a sheer badass in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Next year's Avengers: Infinity War will open and almost immediately lead to a scene that showcases why he's not a bad guy that any single hero can trifle with. He's a physically imposing and dominant being even without the Infinity Gauntlet and the Infinity Stones, so we can expect this sequence to involve him racking up a terrifying body count.
It's hard to directly pinpoint the moment that will help Avengers: Infinity War frame Thanos as the big bad that we've been waiting for since we have only seen one trailer from the film so far. That said, one specific moment stands out as a possible scene to solidify Thanos' sheer badass persona: the scene in which Loki hands over the Tesseract.
Some have voiced concern over whether or not this scene will potentially lead to the death of The Trickster God, and it makes sense from a thematic point of view. Loki is arguably the franchise's most beloved villain, so for Thanos to kill him and take him off of the board (particularly after his heroic turn in Thor: Ragnarok) could easily help The Mad Titan become the big bad that Phase 3 deserves. There's a tremendous amount of anticipation for his character to finally do something big in the MCU, and many people involved with Infinity War seem to recognize that.
Kevin Feige continued his remarks at Brazil Comic Con and explained that Thanos would bring some reinforcements to the fray (not that he really needs them) during the events of Avengers: Infinity War. Specifically, he will be joined by his Black Order -- a group of powerful minions who (based on the trailer) seems to have no trouble going toe-to-toe with Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
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Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will get a chance to see just how powerful Thanos is when Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters next year on May 4, 2018. If you're looking for more information about the film, then take a look at our in-depth Infinity War guide to get yourself up-to-speed on everything that you need to know!