thanos infinity war

With ‘Thor Ragnarok‘ coming out this week, a lot of people have begun their musings about how this is the beginning of the end of Phase 3, and what Marvel has in store for us over the coming year. Sure, we have the ‘Black Panther’ movie coming out (which may, as some have speculated, introduces the final Infinity Stone, the Soul Gem, into the MCU), but we also have the release of the long anticipated ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ coming out, which co-director Anthony Russo shed some light on recently.  According to a recent interview with CNET, Anthony Russo stated:

“With “Infinity War,” the biggest new element to the movie is Thanos and the fact that he’s entering the storytelling in a very bold, strong way, to the degree that he’s almost one of the leads. We’ve shaped an interesting narrative around him that in some ways leans heavily on a heist film in the fact that he’s going after the infinity stones in a much bolder, successful way than he has in the past. The entire movie has that energy of the bad guy being one step ahead of the heroes. We looked at a lot of movies that had that heist-style energy to them, [and] that brought some inspiration.”

It would not be the first heist movie in the MCU (‘Ant-Man’ already has that title), but it would be the first movie with a villain as “almost one of the leads,” which would be very interesting considering the complaint over the years that the MCU’s biggest weakness has been the one-note bad-guys in the films. To see a fully formed and entertaining Thanos strutting around stealing Infinity Stones by outsmarting and overpowering out heroes could make for a very fun movie, and pay homage to the comics where Thanos does very similarly to gather the stones and create the Infinity Gauntlet.

What are your thoughts on Thanos having such a major role in a film already jam-packed with heroes needing screen time? How do you think it is all going to work? Share your theories in the comments below!