Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” is set to hit Digital HD next week, the first of the “Avengers” film not to be directed by filmmaker Joss Whedon.
Talking with IGN about the release, Whedon discussed his plans for Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the previous films and how ‘Infinity War’ directors Joe and Anthony Russo did a job he couldn’t when it came to dealing with the Marvel universe big bad Thanos:
“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. 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.
I thought they did what they needed to do. 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.”
Whedon famously fell out with Marvel Studios over creative differences during production of “Avengers: Age of Ultron”. It’s expected various bits of bonus material from “Avengers: Infinity War,” including plenty of deleted scenes, will make their way online in the next few days.