After years of being teased, the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s big villain Thanos finally takes center stage in Joe and Anthony Russo’s “Avengers: Infinity War” next year.
Specifics of the plot are under wraps beyond the casting list and that it will involve the Mad Titan’s quest for the six Infinity Stones. However, in a new interview with CNET, Anthony Russo has revealed that a tone they’re going for is that of a heist movie with energy, wit and stakes:
“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.”
This follows on from other recent Marvel films which adopt the tone of other genres – the more they embrace them the better the result has been going by critics scores. This has resulted in the likes of the 70s paranoia thriller influenced “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” the “Flash Gordon” 80s pop space opera “Thor: Ragnarok” and the character-centric cosmic adventure of the first “Guardians of the Galaxy”. “Ant-Man” tried to adopt a heist tone but didn’t quite embrace it to the full extent it could have.
It was thought that “Thor: Ragnarok” would deal with the last of the six Infinity Stones, the Soul Stone, which has yet to figure into the MCU. However no mention of it is made in the Taika Waititi-directed film, meaning it will either be in “Black Panther” or more likely serve as a key macguffin driving the early part of the “Avengers: Infinity War” plot.
“Avengers: Infinity War” is scheduled to hit theaters on May 4th 2018.