The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron writer-director Joss Whedon has admitted that he was not quite sure of Thanos’ future after the Mad Titan was first teased at the very end of the 2012’s blockbuster Avengers film. But now looking at what Anthony and Joe Russo have done with the character in Avengers: Infinity War, he seems to be quite impressed with their work.
During a recent interview with IGN at the San Diego Comic-Con m2018 event, when the two-time MCU director Joss Whedon was asked what he thought of the Russo brothers’ take on Thanos in the recent film, he admitted that while he really doesn’t understand Thanos, he liked how the purple-skinned villainous character was portrayed by Josh Brolin in the massively successful film, Avengers: Infinity War.
“Honestly, I kind of hung [Thanos] out to dry. I love Thanos. I love his apocalyptic vision, his love affair with death. I love his power. But, I don’t really understand it,” Whedon told IGN. “He’s had a lot of power, and he was cool in the comics. And I’m like, Thanos is the ultimate Marvel villain! And then I was like, I don’t actually know what I would do with Thanos. So, I liked what [the Russo brothers] did so much, and I thought Josh Brolin killed it. And they did an amazing job of keeping that performance on-screen. But it wasn’t like I was like, here’s a set of directions. I was like, I’m gonna get through Ultron, nap for four years, and then I’ll come to the premiere. Which I did! It was like, this is so cool!”
Whedon said that the Russo brothers and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely were wise enough to avoid Thanos’ comic-book storyline in Avengers: Infinity War as the Mad Titan’s obsession with Death in the comics wouldn’t have translated all that well on the big screen.
“I thought they did what they needed to do. Thanos’ comic book story of falling in love with Death is] not a concept that will necessarily translate,” Whedon said. “They gave him an actual perspective and made him feel righteous to himself, which is always a better idea. So I liked what they did very much. I did not know about it, I certainly didn’t come up with it.”
It must be noted that the screenwriter did initially consider including Death in the movie. But it was dismissed in the early stages.
Though Whedon was the first to introduce Thanos in the MCU it looks like the director had nothing to contribute to the character’s arc. The glory of making Thanos one of the best MCU villain goes to the Russo brothers and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely
Marvel fans will be able to bring Thanos to their homes when Avengers: Infinity War debuts on Digital HD on July 31 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on August 14. The Mad Titan will be back into action again in Avengers 4, which is scheduled to release on May 3, 2019.
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