'Avengers: Infinity War' Creators Explain Why Thanos Is the Movie's Star Character

‘”In many ways, it’s Thanos’ movie.”

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After the arrival of the first trailer for the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War, the film’s creators have explained the decision to focus the movie on supervillain Thanos. The character has been teased in previous films without ever being properly explored, so writers Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus decided to focus on him rather than the bigger name superheroes who feature in the franchise.

“In many ways, it’s Thanos’ movie,” McFeely told Gizmodo, before adding: “Very often, in the screenwriting weeds, we’re trying to get a character up and off the ground and so the bad guy tends to be a foil for the development of the hero. That’s not the case here. If anything, it’s the opposite. Our heroes are foils for the villain, whose story we need to tell at large.” Similarly, Markus explained that the duo wanted “to have a villain with understandable motivations and emotions” for the movie.

In the same interview, the writing duo also gave other clues about the upcoming movie, explaining that they wanted to create unlikely partnerships between the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy characters: “What is it when you put two characters together, even in a fairly normal traditional situation, but since we’ve invested in those characters and known them, we’re sort of delighted in the idea of those two people rubbing against each other.”

Head over to Gizmodo to read the whole interview with McFeely and Markus. In related news, James Gunn has explained that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will take place after both Infinity War and the fourth Avengers movie.

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