If you are a comic book fan then you already know everything that there is to know about the upcoming Marvel film, ‘Avengers: Infinity War’. While Star Wars is currently dominating the box office and the general pop-culture climate, Disney will soon put fans right back into the world of capes and superheroes. ‘Infinity War’ looks to be the most prolific of all superhero films and it might just enter itself into the pantheon of Hollywood legend. That is, to say, if Marvel and Disney succeed in elevating the introduction of Thanos in the film in the right way.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is currently under attack from the most destructive and dangerous force in all of the comic book lore, Thanos. Thanos has been a shadowy figure for years now, receiving faint hints in several different projects while making a few cameos. To sum up his goal, without venturing into spoiler territory, Thanos has been working on collecting the Infinity Gauntlets that would allow him to render absolute control over the entire universe. The recently released ‘Infinity War’ trailer showed Thanos wielding those powers, swatting away some of the strongest heroes in the universe with the flick of his wrist. We say all of this to establish a foundation. If Marvel wants to find success with ‘Infinity War’ they are going to have to come out swinging.
Kevin Feige, the man behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe, recently spoke at Brazil’s Comic Con. At this convention, Feige said, “Within the first five minutes of Infinity War, people will understand why Thanos is the biggest and baddest villain in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.” These are the kind of words that Marvel fans have been waiting to hear for a long, long time. The question, however, remains to be seen: will Marvel’s team really live up to this anticipatory statement? Will Thanos REALLY live up to the weight of his expectation?
The reasons to be skeptical of Thanos are simple and well-founded. Outside of Loki, Marvel has had a ton of trouble establishing a villain worth remembering. From Hela to The Mandarin, Marvel has continually restrained themselves from pure excellence on EVERY level by letting their villains come off as cheap, at least to a certain degree. Thanos, however, cannot have that same issue. If Feige is correct and Thanos has been handled with the aplomb that is necessary, ‘Infinity War’ could be one of the biggest movie events of all time.