If you were to compare with the source materials, Thanos’ invasion plans to destroy and subjugate worlds in his quest to obtain the Infinity Stones will differ slightly in Avengers: Infinity War. The diabolical notion cannot be watered down in any manner, but there is a reason behind the galactic warlord to be pursuing such a path — one that can almost be termed nobel from his perspective.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly in a recent interview, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige dropped a bit of historical matter for the audience to better understand the supervillain.
“He’s from a planet called Titan that’s no longer inhabited because of things that he thought he could help prevent, and he was not allowed to do that,” Feige explained. “What he feared most happened, and the planet and everybody on it basically went extinct. He vowed not to let that happen again. He thinks he sees the universe going down the tubes. He thinks he sees life expanding outward unchecked. That will bring ruin, he believes, to the universe and to that life.”
In that light, Thanos’ invasion plans are indeed to safeguard and “balance” the universe. He is fully prepared to sacrifice multiple worlds so that others can be saved. “That’s either genius or horrific, depending on your point of view,” Feige added, “and most of our point of views say it’s pretty horrific.”
In the comic books, Thanos sought to enter the good graces of the physical embodiment of Death by eliminating half of all life in the universe with the help of the Infinity Stones and Infinity Gauntlet. The explanation surrounding his need to save worlds (in a manner of saying) was never part of the original deal.
Avengers: Infinity War will open in theaters worldwide on May 4, 2018, and culminate all eighteen installments that have been released in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to date. The movie, directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, is the first of a two-part series. The untitled sequel, presently dubbed Avengers 4, is slated to premiere on May 3, 2019.