In the wake of the recent EW article showcasing a bunch of new images from “Avengers: Infinity War,” more details have gone up about several different elements within the film from Tony Stark’s new armor to the big bad himself Thanos.
Josh Brolin’s motion-captured Mad Titan has popped up a few times in the MCU so far, but specifics of the character have remained a mystery to date beyond his being a tyrannical galactic warlord seeking the Infinity Stones.
Offering a brief bio of the film incarnation of the character, Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige says the film version will be a bit more tragic than the comic counterpart as this Thanos believes he’s doing the right thing by slaughtering half the universe:
“He’s from a planet called Titan that’s no longer inhabited because of things that he thought he could help prevent, and he was not allowed to do that. What he feared most happened, and the planet and everybody on it basically went extinct. He vowed not to let that happen again [and 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.”
Co-director Joe Russo adds that the film will see the character on a hunt: “We’re using a bit of a ’90s heist genre component. Thanos is on a smash-and-grab, and everybody’s trying to catch up the whole movie.” The article also confirms the ruined orange-skied planet seen in the teaser trailer is indeed Titan.
One of the biggest reveals in the piece ties to Thanos, much of his Black Order and his armies invading the previously secret nation of Wakanda to retrieve an Infinity Stone. The article says it is NOT the Soul Stone as has been widely speculated, rather it’s for the Mind Stone in the forehead of Vision (Paul Bettany) which is currently providing the android with his powers.
The character is brought to the country as it’s the best place on Earth to keep the stone out of Thanos’ hands – a nation that has never been conquered:
“Vision is a living MacGuffin. Obviously, that raises the stakes because Vision’s life is in danger, and his life is in conflict with Thanos’ goals, so something’s got to give. Cap makes the decision to bring [Vision] here to Wakanda, Earth is making its last stand to keep the stone from Thanos. It’s the best place to make your last stand.”
Joe Russo says the film starts off with the heroes divided, and the greater threat brings them together:
“They’re fractured at the start of the movie. It was always the intent, in a larger arc, to split the Avengers up before the greatest threat that they’ve ever seen. Thanos is a virtually indestructible character, which makes him an extremely difficult character to fight.”
Tony Stark’s Iron Man suit in this one has been dubbed the ‘Bleeding Edge’ armor which springs from a housing within an arc reactor akin to the way T’Challa’s suit springs from the Panther necklace. The nano-tech suit not only includes rocket thrusters and an arm cannon, but is capable of flying into space.
Actor Robert Downey Jr. re-iterates that this will be it for some characters in the MCU, the plan here is to make the deaths permanent – no tricks:
“Believe me, I’m tired of every movie, you know, ‘It’s the end! It’s Armageddon! It’s the Be All, End All, Forever!” And then it’s … not. This one actually is. [Laughs] They’re not kidding. This is a heads-will-roll scenario.”
Finally it has been confirmed that Sebastian Stan’s Bucky Barnes is dropping his Winter Soldier moniker and now calling himself White Wolf. “Avengers: Infinity War” opens on April 27th.