The leaked trailer for Avengers: Infinity War caught Marvel off guard, but for those that persisted with the horrible audio and visual quality, you saw a villain that is likely to steal the show. Josh Brolin's Thanos finally comes to the party after a string of cameos in Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Such will be his impact for the upcoming 2018 blockbuster, director Joe Russo sees the character as an all time great already, even with such limited screen time up until this point. Stripped back of his armor and wielding a mighty fist that has our superheroes clinging to their lives, the filmmaker opened up on the man who up until now, has been kept in the shadows.
A Cocky, Confident Being On Course to Fulfil His Destiny
Stopped by IGN at San Diego Comic-Con, Russo gave a fuller picture of what Thanos is about and why he is foregoing the golden armor. This is a bad guy that does not feel the need to carry a contingency plan, and he isn't arriving on Earth to compromise.
"(Thanos) has a more casual approach in this film, and it's very philosophical for him, it's part of his character definition," Russo remarked. 'It's a spiritual journey for him to collect the Stones, and one with which he doesn't need armor. Once he starts acquiring the Stones, he doesn't need armor in the same way he did when he was a warlord. It's a very symbolic costume."
Thanos' Ruthless Nature Will Have Audience Off Guard
Joined by his cohort of "children," the director told Comicbook.com that his power is all encompassing. To such a degree, Russo believes Thanos is Marvel's answer to Dark Vader - arguably the most recognizable Star Wars identity of them all.
“The stakes are incredibly high,” Russo said of Avengers: Infinity War. “I wanted to turn Thanos into Darth Vader for a new generation. He’s an incredibly intense character. Sociopathic. He takes no prisoners. I think the audience needs to be prepared when they go see these movies.”
As far as what movies inspired Russo to create this ensemble feature, the filmmaker gave an unusual response.
“Structurally, with this first film, Avengers 3, we’ve been using smash and grab ‘90s heist films,” he responded. “There’s a real urgency to the film and it adds a level of excitement and relentlessness to the movie. It's a lot of divergent narratives coming together into a climax.”
Avengers: Infinity War opens May 4, 2018.