Joss Whedon Admits That He Didn't Know What To Do With Thanos
For those of you wondering what director Joss Whedon might have done with Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, don't worry about it, he didn't know what he would have done with the villain either.
During an interview with IGN, Whedon was asked what plans he had for the character and this was his response:
“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!"
When talking a little bit more about how the Russo Bros. handled Thanos in the film, Whedon said:
"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."
I loved what Whedon ended up bringing to the MCU, but the Russo Bros. took the groundwork that Whedon laid out and amped it up and gave us something incredible with the Marvel films they made. If Whedon didn't know what to do with Thanos, it's a good thing that he didn't direct the movie!
I seriously doubt we'll see Whedon jump back into the MCU again, but he certainly left an impression.