Infinity War was considered to be one of the most important movies of the modern generation and perhaps the most important movie in the genre of comic book movies. The movie saw the story of 20 different movies coalescing into one beautiful performance. The show was star studded without being overwhelming and that fact alone has helped Marvel Cinematic Universe make more than 2 billion dollars. We saw as Thanos came down on the Avengers like a force of nature. The titan rose from his throne after 10 long years and conquered the universe on a whim.
The Russos have informed the fans before that originally they wanted a Thanos movie to precede the finale of Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Eventually, the story ideas and the half-written script for the Thanos solo movie was combines with other ideas and we received Infinity War. But that does not mean that you can’t see the cracks. Infinity War is largely centered around Thanos and Iron Man with little screen time for everyone else. After all, RDJ is the alpha and the omega when it comes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Thanos is the primary villain of the franchise, for the time being anyway.
Maybe Thanos’ movie idea is the reason why we think of Thanos’ goal as noble while watching and re-watching Infinity War. This has become such a hot topic for debate that there is now a subreddit “Thanosdidnothingwrong” that comprises solely of Thanos supporters. Needless to say that half of this subreddit was also purged by Thanos with a little help from the admins.
But fans have still wondered about the muddy motivations of Thanos all throughout Infinity War, and the debate still rages on. So the fandom though who better to ask than the director of the film, Anthony Russo. The director had this to say in an interview.
“That’s I think, one of the most unnerving things about Thanos, is that there is a nobility in him, you know? It’s not ego, it’s not power,” Russo explained. “He basically looks at himself as a servant and when he’s finished with his service, he rests.”
Also, Josh Brolin had this to say about portraying the role of the Mad Titan:
“You know what, I don’t know what the future brings and who knows, but [I] love the idea of something infinite like this,” Brolin told ScreenRant. “I’ve never been involved in sequels. The fact that we’ve done some of Avengers 2, oh sorry, Avengers 4 but Infinity War 2, I’m going back. I’m going to do more, and we’re going to do some re-shoots and all that. So, I’m excited about all that.”
“I love the Russos. I love working on the Avengers. I didn’t think I was going to and I actually loved it. I didn’t even like it. I loved it. I like playing that character. It’s a Brando-esqe, Apocalyptic Now character and it’s fun, but you know, I don’t know. I don’t know what the future holds. I’ve been surprised my entire career so we’ll see.”
Now all of that information tells us two things. First that it is quite clear that Thanos is nowhere close to being dead or defeated. Even if Avengers 4 goes as planned there is still a big chance that the Mad Titan will survive and he will come for the earth’s mightiest heroes once again. In Josh Brolin’s own words, ‘Nothing is finite’. Apart from that Anthony Russo also tells us that the nobility of Thanos’ goal was a deliberate writing choice by the creative team behind Infinity War. They know that it is unnerving, they know that it bothers us, maybe that is the reason they put it in the movie, to surprise us in the future.
But the thing is, none of this information gives us any concrete proof for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We are still tunnel visioned and locked on Avengers 4 that is right in front of us. What happens after the earth’s mightiest heroes put Thanos down for good. What happens after we win? Will we be able to sustain that peace or are we going to fall to ruin? Tell us what you think down in the comments below.