It has been mentioned before as well that while Avengers: Infinity War will feature an expansive a-listing cast of comic book characters, the main star of the show is going to be Thanos.
The main synopsis of the movie has always been about the Mad Titan invading Earth with his Dark Order for the sole purpose of collecting the Infinity Stones. However, the storytelling will delve in much more. This includes the origin story of the character, his almost sympathetic reasons to destroy worlds to bring balance and harmony, and more.
Speaking with Screen Rant in a recent interview, co-writers Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus pointed out the difficulty in creating supervillains for central roles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and how the Mad Titan will be the first to overcome those challenges.
“Yes, one of the big challenges is how to make sure he’s not just a relentless machine collecting stones like he’s going shopping,” McFeely said. “So we want to give him a full weighted emotional story. You can kind of say this is Thanos’ origin story so that he will get the weight of any of the previous heroes in terms of the decisions he has to make in order to get what he wants.”
“Well part of it is motivation,” Markus added. “If you have a villain who just wants to kill somebody or just wants to take over the world because it seems like a fun thing to do, or has been paid by the Russians to take over the world… run for President to take over the world. That guy isn’t very interesting. He’s pathetic, but we take this from [Thanos co-creator Jim Starlin]. Thanos is an amoral philosopher. He’s not the Devil – although he does sometimes have the Devil standing next to him.”
Hence, Avengers: Infinity War will be, in many ways, a standalone movie for Thanos. The claim alone is going to put fans on edge since everyone is anxiously waiting to see their favorite superheroes get to work defeating the invasion. The prospect about Thanos, the main antagonist, being central to the storyline will make the wait just more harder.
Avengers: Infinity War will open in theaters on April 27, 2018. The untitled sequel, presently dubbed Avengers 4, is slated to premiere on May 3, 2019.