The Marvel Cinematic Universe has teased Thanos’ true power for years, and we’ll finally get to see what the villain is capable of in the first few minutes of Avengers: Infinity War.
[Warning: The following contains spoilers for Thor: Ragnarok.]
Marvel Studios co-president, Kevin Feige, spoke a little more about Thanos’ involvement in the movie during an appearance at Brazil’s Comic Con. Feige said people won’t have to wait half an hour to see Thanos wreak havoc on some poor, unsuspecting victim, hinting that the movie will kick off with a focus on Thanos’ monstrous capabilities.
“Within the first five minutes of Infinity War, people will understand why Thanos is the biggest and baddest villain in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe,” Feige said, as reported by Comic Book Resources. “You know, we’ve been teasing Thanos since the very first Avengers film. Remember the end of Avengers, the very end of the movie he turns around in the chair and you realize something bad is coming. We’ve been teasing him for years and the trick is when you tease something for that long you have to deliver.”
It seems increasingly unlikely that Thanos will stomp into Earth within the first few moments of Avengers: Infinity War, but there are some leaps we can take and assumptions we can make about how this will play out. If you stayed through the end of Thor: Ragnarok, right to the final post-credits scene, you’ll remember that the fleeing Asgardians were confronted by a very large, ominous ship.
You’ll also remember these two scenes from the Avengers: Infinity War trailer, which saw the Children of Thanos walking amongst the Asgardians’ lifeless corpses and Loki giving up the Tesseract in fear. Both of these scenes hint at a devastating attack from Thanos on Thor’s ship, leaving Thor flying through space, only to reappear in the Guardians of the Galaxy’s ship bay.
See, it’s all coming together.
Avengers: Infinity War will probably, then, kick off with members of the Cosmic Universe; focusing on where Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Thor: Ragnarok ended before heading to Earth and reuniting these heroes with Iron Man, Spider-Man and the rest. Where Black Panther, Captain America and Winter Solider fit into this is still unclear, but we do that following the attack on Thor’s ship, the Hulk managed to find his way to Wakanda.
Thanos is probably going to cut a destructive path through a variety of environments, from space to Earth and Wakanda, but there’s no question that he’ll be one of the most ferocious foes facing the Avengers.
Avengers: Infinity War will be released on May 4, 2018.