‘Infinity War’ Writers on How the Sequel Is Thanos’ Origin Story

Collider | 3/21/2018 | Adam Chitwood
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One of the biggest questions fans have coming into Avengers: Infinity War is whether Thanos can deliver. The villain of Infinity War and presumably the untitled Avengers 4 has been teased since 2012’s The Avengers, and has been pulling the strings behind the scenes throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe since that time. And yet, audiences still don’t really know who Thanos is or what he wants, beyond Infinity Stones. There’s a lot of groundwork that has to be made up in Infinity War to make him an intriguing antagonist, and it sounds like the filmmakers and actor Josh Brolin are up to the task.

Last year, Collider’s own Allison Keene visited the Atlanta set of Avengers: Infinity War along with a group of other journalists, and she spoke with screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who not only wrote Infinity War but also The First Avenger, The Winter Soldier, and Civil War.

Topic - Conversation - Thanos - Character - Screen

As one can imagine, a big topic of conversation was Thanos and how they juggled bringing the character to the screen. As McFeely revealed, Infinity War could kind of be viewed as Thanos’ origin story in a way:

“One of the big challenges is how to make sure he’s not just a relentless machine collecting stones like he’s going shopping. 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.”

Complexity - Character - Markus - Thanos - Villain

Adding emotional complexity to the character was key, and Markus says Thanos would not consider himself a villain:

Going further, Markus says they drew inspiration from comics writer Jim Starlin:

Part - Motivation - Villain

“Part of it is motivation, where if you have a villain who just...
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