When it comes to symbolizing superheroes, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has done a splendid job in the past decade. The independent media franchise, helmed by Marvel Studios, now hopes to do the same for its villains and has chosen Thanos with Avengers: Infinity War.
Speaking with Comic Book Movie in a recent interview, co-director Joe Russo stated that he and his fellow director, Anthony Russo, are pushing the Mad Titan to take the place of Darth Vader, from the Star Wars franchise, as the supreme villain of this generation.
“Darth Vader was the preeminent villain of my childhood, and we’re hoping to make a Darth Vader for a new generation,” Russo explained. “We’re hoping he has that complexity to him, and that he strikes fear into the heart of the audience, but at the same time they go on a journey with him.”
That will be quiet a journey indeed. Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, previously teased that “the first five minutes” of the movie will make people understand why the antagonist is such a threat. In addition, there was an unreleased trailer from the D23 Expo last year where Thanos hurled an entire moon from space at the Avengers. According to Russo, that is just “one of many things” that Thanos does in the movie.
The debate over his ability to become a supervillain as iconic as Darth Vader, as well as whether Avengers: Infinity War belongs to him or not, will be decided by the fans in the coming months. The first of a two-part series will open in theaters on May 4.
Thanos is a powerful adversary in the comic books with superhuman strength, speed, durability, and longevity. He has several other abilities as well such as telepathy and telekinesis. However, it is when he fills his Infinity Gauntlet with all of the Infinity Stones that he achieves divinity.
The MCU has been following Thanos for several years now as he tracked down all of the Infinity Stones. His quest will ultimately lead him to Earth where the mightiest heroes will band together to fight annihilation.