AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Writers Talk About "Delivering The Goods" With Thanos

Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the writers of Marvel Studios' Captain America: Civil War, are gearing up for Avengers: Infinity War, which will feature the Mad Titan Thanos as its main villain. Thanos has been teased and hinted at in multiple movies (even appearing in Guardians of the Galaxy and speaking honest-to-God lines of dialogue), but he's proven to be utterly incompetent at acquiring and keeping the Infinity Stones thus far. Markus and McFeely are going to change that, and when the Huffington Post asked them the one thing they're looking forward to the most about Infinity War, they said:

“[Thanos]. It’s easy,” said McFeely. “Really giving him good scenes. You know, he’s never been the villain in any of the movies. He’s never been the main character in that way, so giving lots of good screen time to Thanos is paramount and pretty fun.
He hasn’t had an amazing scene. I think it’s an advantage ultimately, right? Because people are anticipating this guy coming in and really delivering the goods. So, I think they’re eager, and we just have to deliver it. We don’t have to convince them that he’s gonna be interesting. We just have to execute what has been teased.”

Sounds like Josh Brolin better get ready for some serious action.

Also, a few months ago, the brothers made headlines when they revealed that they were dealing with the potential of 67 characters in the film, and many — myself included — were worried that would be too many to handle, even in a two-part film. They addressed that concern as well:

“Well, I mean that number is literally — that number comes from the fact that that’s everyone who’s already been introduced. If you line up all the characters who are available to use from the prior Marvel movies, it racks up to about 60 something characters, let alone the new ones you could bring in,” said Markus.
“Right,” added McFeely. “We had our office filled with cards of everybody who was alive and available, and the brothers came in and went, ‘Whoa.’ So that doesn’t mean that everyone is, you know, there’s not going to be 67 lead parts.”

That much was obvious, because 67 leading roles is unfathomable. It remains to be seen how well they'll be able to handle the increased roster, but from the sound of the early reviews from Civil War, they did a pretty bang-up job of it in that movie, so maybe fans shouldn't be too worried about this movie's overstuffed cast after all.

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