The Mad Titan Thanos will make his presence felt in the upcoming Marvel Studios Avengers: Infinity War movies.
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.
As noted, the Avengers: Infinity War is described to be inspired by "heist-style" movies, which is due to Thanos seeking out the Infinity Stones, the six artifacts that when assembled together give the holder ultimate power.
The six stones consist of:
- Tesseract (Space Stone)
- Aether (Reality Stone)
- Orb (Power Stone)
- Loki's Scepter / Vision (Mind Stone)
- Doctor Strange's Eye of Agamotto (Time Stone)
- Soul Stone.. to be identified.
Josh Brolin is playing Thanos in the films and previously dropped specific details about Thanos and the Infinity Stones.
"Every one represents a power. A massive power. And all of them together, the ultimate power. There's a few in [The Avengers: Infinity War trailer], and he's always pining to get another one in there. So ultimately, we we don't know. I haven't done the second movie, so I don't know. I literally don't know what the second script [for Avengers 4] is. I don't know if they finished the second script. That's the truth. I don't know. I think that they are in the midst of structuring and restructuring."
The Avengers: Infinity War hits May 4, 2018; the untitled Avengers 4 has a May 3, 2019 release.
As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment - the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.