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Thanos is the Main Character of ‘Infinity War’, Says Kevin Feige

Marvel has been teasing Thanos for a long time now.

He’s one of those characters that has become iconic not thanks to his actions, but because of repeated exposure. As with Boba Fett before him, the idea is that if you wave an obvious action figure design in front of people enough, they’ll grow attached to the character regardless of a complete lack of substance.

Heck, even Taika Waititi is aware of the obvious deficiency in Thanos’ character development thus far. In the Team Thor short, the God of Thunder notes that the only thing we actually know about Thanos is that he’s purple, he has a magic glove, and he doesn’t like standing up.

This is frustrating, as we’ve been seeing Thanos pop up periodically for five years now. 2012’s The Avengers gave us our first glimpse of the Mad Titan on screen, and despite being a consistent presence in movies ever since, he still remains almost entirely a blank slate.

According to Kevin Feige, though, this is all about to change. While Infinity War is going to be a crowded film to say the least, Thanos will be firmly in the limelight.

“Thanos in Infinity War is – in a movie that has a lot of characters, you could almost go so far as to say he is the main character, and that’s a bit of a departure from what we’ve done before, but that was appropriate for a movie called Infinity War.”


It’s hard to think of another superhero movie with an antagonist that’s also the main character in the story. This is a trend that’s a lot more common in horror flicks, where iconic villains provide relentless terror to a group of arguably less interesting protagonists.

Well, if Thanos is going to hold up the entire movie, this is one aspect of the MCU that could perhaps have done with more fleshing out over the past few years.

Loki was an established villain in The Avengers, which helped speed things along from a narrative perspective. With Thanos, as all we know is that he wants the Infinity Stones, the movie will have a lot of exposition to drop really quickly.

Is this version of Thanos in love with Death? Does he have a grand scheme of which the Infinity Stones are a part, or does he just like shiny things?

We’ll need to learn a lot about this character, very quickly, which is going to be further complicated by a need to resolve or at least address the scattered state of the Avengers, with Tony Stark still refusing to return Cap’s calls like the pouty manchild that he is.

Ultimately, considering that Marvel still seems to really struggle with villainous characters in general (the Doctor Strange Big Bad only appeared as a CGI cloud in the last ten minutes of the movie, for example), we’ll have to hope that a bit more attention goes into giving Thanos an engaging, interesting personality.

Otherwise, we might have a jampacked Marvel movie on our hands that has a boring main character. That’s just no fun for anyone.

Matthew loffhagen

Matthew Loffhagen

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