It is a common refrain after the release of a new Marvel movie, "I loved it, but the villain wasn't great." The films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have always been hero-centric and with a few notable exceptions, the villains have often been largely forgettable. This hasn't really held the MCU back in any way, but the villains are rarely a selling point. Avengers: Infinity War is different. This time, the villain is the main attraction.

The MCU has been building Thanos for a long time. Even before he appeared, a brief tour of Odin's vault revealed a look at Thanos' jewelry-studded glove (which wound up being a fake). The villain revealed himself in proper in the mid-credits scene of 2012's The Avengers and since then it's been off to the races. Thanos showed up a couple more times, but with Infinity War announced and on the horizon, the specter of the big bad has loomed over everything. We've known that one day our heroes would have to fight the Mad Titan. No character, hero or villain has had this kind of build or hype behind him in the first decade of the MCU and, therefore, Thanos has to deliver.

There is an argument to be made that given how long he's been teased, Thanos is underdeveloped at this point. We've been told he's dangerous and the greatest threat humanity has ever faced, but we haven't seen much of it yet. All he needs is a killer outing in Infinity War to live up to his promise. Thanos is the most powerful MCU villain so far by an order of magnitude and Avengers: Infinity War is the biggest MCU film to date. Thanos not only should be a great Marvel villain, he must be. Here's how he can live up to the hype.

He Has To Kill People

Let's not beat around the bush here, Thanos has to kill people, and not just nameless red shirts on the streets of New York, either. He has to kill Avengers, people we know and love. To live up to the hype, Thanos must be lethal. He needs to take out someone important, and there are a lot of candidates who we think might be on the chopping block. In the trailers, we've seen Thanos in battle with Captain America and Iron Man and Thor doesn't look to be having a great time either. And having Thanos' minions do it isn't enough, Thanos has to do it himself. I don't want a hero dying in the thick of battle with multiple enemies. Thanos must deliver the killing blow in single combat. Or, in lieu of that, give an execution-style order to one of his minions. Dark? Yes, but there is no better way to make him feared and hated and everything we want him to be.

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