During Avengers: Infinity WarThanos and his Black Order come into conflict with the most powerful Heroes on Earth while they try to stop Mad Titan from obtaining the Infinite Stones.
But even if the battles are bitter and fought, he leaves his opponents once he gets his goals. On Titan and Wakanda, once he has secured the stones, he teleports and leaves the Avengers to remix. Some fans may wonder why Thanos has decided to spare his enemies rather than kill them.
Marvel Studios' visual development manager, Ryan Meinerding, talked about Thanos's mentality at these times, revealing why he was willing to leave them alive despite having exercised the power of the Infinity Stones.
"The plan to get all the Infinity Stones is to put [Thanos] in the position of being so powerful that it is a little calmer, more resolute and more reasonable, "said Meinerding." He is not necessarily worried about killing the heroes. As long as he finishes with the stones, he can accomplish what he wants ".
This reasoning takes for the character, who is less interested in the concepts of revenge and fury, and more focused on the task to be performed; balance of the universe.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has long talked about the importance of Thanos in the Marvel film universe, facing the challenge of building this villain over multiple films.
"Thanos is lurking in the shadows with the desire to get these Infinity Stones, which has played an important role in our other films," said Feige in the Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years. "We presented the Tesseract, revealed to be the Space Stone, the Stone of Mind, which emerged from the scepter of Loki and then entered the front of Vision, and the Stone of Time: the Eye of Agamotto that the Doctor Strange wears is an Infinite Stone itself! And of course the Guardians treated the Stone Power. "
"So these narrative devices that we have sown in each film will continue to play a part and unite," continued Feige. "We've been around for six years: it's time to tease something cinematically before paying it back, Thanos must be the biggest villain in our films."
The fact that Thanos is not driven by anger is what makes him so unique in the MCU: he has not been offended or betrayed, but has a higher purpose. We'll see if his dedication to the cause will come back to haunt him when Avengers 4 premieres in theaters on May 3, 2019.
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