While Thanos will go down in the history books as one of the greatest comic book villains ever to grace the big screens, the MCU left no stones unturned to ensure fans knew how exactly layered a villain the Mad Titan could be. Seldom does a villain so deep that the fans would start rooting for the bad guy in the movie. Only a chosen few have been able to reach that milestone. The Dark Knight’s Joker, The Avengers’ Loki and now Infinity War’s Thanos are definitely in the top three when it comes to comic book supervillains in the movie theaters.
Thanos is the best MCU villain not just because he is the strongest cosmic warlord but the fact that he is driven by a purpose in his life. And the only goal of Mad Titan was to bring balance to the universe where resources are finite and over-population is rampant. The only way that Thanos will accomplish his purpose is through extermination of half the life in the entire galaxy.
So he went in search of Infinity stones scattered across the galaxy. It was like the heist where Thanos would steal an Infinity stone and then move onto another place for the next one. Here’s what Russos said:
“With “Infinity War,” the biggest new element to the movie is Thanos and the fact that he’s entering the storytelling in a very bold, strong way, to the degree that he’s almost one of the leads. We’ve shaped an interesting narrative around him that in some ways leans heavily on a heist film in the fact that he’s going after the infinity stones in a much bolder, successful way than he has in the past. The entire movie has that energy of the bad guy being one step ahead of the heroes. We looked at a lot of movies that had that heist-style energy to them, and that brought some inspiration”.
And during his travails, he met a villain from the past. A villain so foundational to the rock that is the Marvel Comics Universe that Marvel would probably have been nothing without it. And he is about to come back for another round of applause in Avengers 4, considered to be the sequel to Avengers: Infinity War and a continuation of the two-part story arc. That’s right folks.
A Major MCU Villain is about to make his return for Avengers 4!!!!
Do you know which villain we are talking about??
Avengers: Infinity War was full of twists and surprises all along the way. We saw the story take really peculiar yet interesting turns as the movie kept hitting us with shocking plot elements never before seen in the history of Hollywood. There was one cameo though that could have been considered earth shattering.
The cameo appearance of this super villain in the movie Infinity War finally confirmed long held beliefs that this villain didn’t really die in the movie. The bad guy we are talking about is Red Skull, arch nemesis to Captain America and the very first Marvel Villain if the present Marvel timeline is taken into account.
The Red Skull showed his ugly little redhead in Infinity War when Thanos and Gamora traveled to the desolate planet of Vormir, a planet in a sector within the Kree Inter-Galactic Empire; they found this guy along the way.
The Red Skull was not killed by the Space Stone in The First Avenger as what was popularly believed. He was merely transported by the Tesseract to Vormir, where he was cursed to become the torchbearer and guide to the travelers who came searching for immeasurable power in the form of the Soul Stone, a power that he himself could never achieve but only show other explorers the directions to.
Thanos in his pursuit of finding the Soul stone reached to Vormir along with his daughter Gamora. They found Red Skull at the gates. He told Thanos that he also once tried to wield absolute power i.e Cosmic Cube but he was banished to this place. He added that there is only one way that he could acquire Soul stone i.e sacrifice soul for a soul. The next thing we saw was Thanos actually sacrificing his loved daughter Gamora to fetch the Infinity stone and he did.
The Red Skull is fulfilling the role of another supporting Marvel Comics villain that goes by the name The Unseen. The Unseen had suffered a similar fate in the comics that the Red Skull is suffering in Infinity War. But we have also pointed out the fact that the Red skull might also be filling in the shoes of a MAJOR Infinity Gauntlet character. This character we are talking about is the sole reason the Infinity Gauntlet ended the way it did in the comics.
And no, we are not talking about Lady Death.
The Red Skull is to Infinity War what Mephisto, the Demon Lord of the Underworld, was to Infinity Gauntlet. In the 1991 comic book series that inspired the movie, Mephisto was Thanos’ chief advisor, who helped him train to handle the Infinity Gauntlet and even tricked him into letting his guard down so that Mephisto could grab hold of the Gauntlet when the time came. Mephisto was ultimately defeated but it was his unwitting actions that led to the downfall of Thanos.
We all know how desperate the Red Skull is to achieve power beyond anyone’s wildest imaginations. Mephisto was pretty much a God and he still craved for the Infinity Gauntlet. Maybe the Red Skull’s evil intentions haven’t completely gone down the gutter during his life of isolation on Vormir.
Maybe he too, like Mephisto, is waiting for the right time to strike and weaken Thanos. Maybe, just maybe, he will also end up being the reason Thanos lets his guards down and is finally defeated in Avengers 4. Well, we will find out.
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Avengers 4 is one year away but Avengers: Infinity War is already in theaters and running successfully. The movie is about to cross $2 Billion at the Box office and is already the highest grossing superhero movie ever.
It’s the fastest title to have reached $1 Billion in Box office sales worldwide in just 8 days. Directed by Russo Brothers. Produced by Kevin Feige & Co. The screenplay is co-written by an amazing duo – Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.
The ensemble cast is astonishingly amazing as some of the biggest stars have been brought by Marvel including Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Pratt (Star Lord), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Sebastian Stan (Winter soldier), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Bradley Cooper (Rocket Raccoon), Vin Diesel (Groot), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Jeremy Reiner (Hawkeye), Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Strange), Benedict Wong (Wong), Tom Holland (Spiderman), Letitia Wright (Shuri), Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Paul Rudd (Ant-Man), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlett Witch), Karen Gillian (Nebula), Pom Klementieff (Mantis), Dave Bautista (Drax), Paul Bettany (Vision), Peter Dinklage (Eitri), Samuel Jackson (Nick Fury), Cobie Smulders (Mariah Hill), Josh Brolin (Thanos).
The official film synopsis reads:
“An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time. The Avengers and their Super Hero allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe”.
“Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet — the evil Thanos. On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos plans to use the artifacts to inflict his twisted will on reality. The fate of the planet and existence itself has never been more uncertain as everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment”.