Marvel Studios often has a villain problem. While Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is a perennial favorite and Black Panther‘s Killmonger (Micheal B. Jordan) redefined the role of the antagonist, there are a lot of Yellowjackets, Iron Mongers, Whiplashes and Dormamus littering the movies with less-than-memorable threats to the hero. Even Zemo, for all his successes in Captain American: Civil War, was a low-key nemesis.
But Avengers: Infinity War promises to unleash its biggest villain yet, the Mad Titan Thanos (Josh Brolin) who finally makes his bid for the Infinity Gauntlet in the upcoming film after years of appearing in teasers and cameos. While speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige discussed the motivations of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s ultimate antagonist. Surviving the extinction of his species, Thanos “vowed not to let that happen again.”
“He thinks he sees the universe going down the tubes. He thinks he sees life expanding outward unchecked. That will bring ruin, he believes, to the universe and to that life,” Feige explained. With the powers assembled in the gauntlet, the Mad Titan plans to destroy half the universe to save the other. Wonder how one goes about mapping out that demolition plan? But this apparently altruistic — and crazed — goal is a far cry from his comic book counterpart, who wished to destroy half the universe to prove his love for Mistress Death. I suppose that goal read a little thin on the page.
Avengers: Infinity War opens April 27th.