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Needless to say, there will be spoilers in this article, so stop reading now if you want to go into Avengers: Infinity War knowing nothing.
He is the "Big Bad" of Avengers: Infinity War (and possibly Avengers 4... we still don't know for sure). And Marvel Studios has been teasing his arrival for years. But Thanos (Josh Brolin), the Mad Titan, has really only been shown as a ruler on a throne, or a giant purple dude who has a Gauntlet in storage, and plans on "doing" something himself. Hardly intimidating. So when CinemaBlend traveled to Atlanta to visit the set of Joe and Anthony Russo's Avengers: Infinity War, we asked screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely how they plan to help Thanos stand out from previous villains in the MCU, and they told us:
The screenwriters went on to elaborate that they like the fact that some characters in the MCU who are painted as villains don't really SEE themselves as evil. They have a point to make, and it sets them at odds with the heroes, but they understand their motivations, and they think they are right. This sounds a bit like Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) from Black Panther. And it will establish a thread for Thanos. Stephen McFeely continued:
In the process, they also wanted to create an actual character, and not just an empty threat. Stephen McFeely summarized:
And from the looks of these trailers, they certainly are telling Thanos' story on a large scale.