There are several reasons to why Avengers: Infinity War should be considered as the best MCU film ever, and one of those was because of the portrayal of Thanos. The Mad Titan came in and really established himself as the big bad of Marvel! He did what no other villain could ever do, which is taking down the Avengers and fulfilling his life’s ultimate agenda. The reason why he worked with the audience was because his motivations were actually relatable with the real world scenario!
Alterations to his character arc & agenda had to be made bringing him from the books to the real world, but that happening, can we all agree that what was portrayed in the film was actually better than the source material? There’s a whole debate that has surrounded the internet ever since Infinity War hit the theatres and it has been on the topic – “Thanos was right!”
Genocide is obviously not the path to reduce world hunger and preserve resources, but what he wanted for the Universe was right at its core. Still, we can surely say that he is the best MCU villain being steps ahead of Killmonger and Loki. Everything about Thanos was just magnanimous.
Josh Brolin was the perfect casting for the role, and the CGI for him was handled remarkably well. People had a problem with his color-changing skin from movie to movie, but we can let that slide away and focus upon the magnificence of the Galactic Warlord.
People loved him both with the armor and without it. He removed his armor in the film because he didn’t feel the need to have it once he started acquiring the Infinity Stones. Now that a slew of Concept Arts has hit the internet, we have got some for alternate unused ones for Thanos as well. These Concept arts even have a shirtless version of Thanos! Have a look:
The designers really got to play quite a lot with the look of Thanos here. As you can see, he has got all kinds of get ups having the different kinds of under armors, long robes, armors. Every design wreaks of the omnipotence of Thanos here.
Some of these might have even featured in the film if we would have got that extended 30 Minutes of Thanos’ backstory which was cut from the film. But what’s really interesting is the shirtless buffed up Thanos we can see in these Concept arts.
There was a time right after Infinity War when the Internet actually got a hard of for Thanos. He may not have been a great father to his children, but dang, What a Daddy! It’s weird and funny how Thanos has been sexually objectified and we are okay with it!
But jokes apart, Thanos really is the villain we deserved to see on the big screen. Here’s what the Directors, Anthony and Joe Russo said about Brolin’s performance right before the movie came out:
“Anthony Russo – He’s such an amazing performer and so uniquely suited to Thanos. What we were looking for in the character of Thanos is the strongest, most intimidating figure in the universe. While at the same time we wanted to tell a story about a character with a really complex and empathetic interior life. There are not a lot of actors that can give you both of those things. Josh Brolin is perhaps the best example that you can find where you have somebody who has a physical presence and brings that level of intensity and threat, while at the same time having another layer always at work underneath that, which is a very complex inner life and a lot of emotional depth and texture.
Joe Russo – Josh created an incredibly nuanced character who is both frightening and oddly emotional.”
It is good that Avengers: Infinity War wasn’t the last of the Mad Titan. We still have more from him which is yet to come in Avengers 4. Infinity War sort of portrayed the rise of Thanos, and now Avengers 4 will give us the fall of the Mad Titan.
Avengers 4 comes out on May 3, 2019 and here’s the official Synopsis:
“A culmination of 22 interconnected films the fourth installment of the Avengers saga will draw audiences to witness the turning point of this epic journey. Our beloved heroes will truly understand how fragile this reality is and the sacrifices that must be made to uphold it.”