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Things We Saw Today: Infinity War Writers See Thanos as a Combination of the MCU’s Best Villains

Josh Brolin in Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

With Michael B. Jordan’s performance as Erik Killmonger in Black Panther, the MCU has raised the bar for villains. Which is why, despite how excited I am for Infinity War, there is still a lot of nervousness about how good Thanos is going to be as a big bad. He has been hyped up for so long and throughout so many movies that it could either be amazing or … just above Steppenwolf. It looks like the writers are thinking about Thanos’ role as a baddie in the true sense that every villain is the hero of their own story.

Screenwriter Stephen McFeely notes, according to Screenrant, that the bad guy is usually “a foil for the development of the hero” but Infinity War will flop that trope: “Our heroes are foils for the villain, whose story we need to tell at large.”

To Markus and McFeely, the MCU’s best villains to date are Loki and Jessica Jones‘s Kilgrave. In part, McFeely suggests, these two characters shine because they’re given a great deal of screen time. The viewers get to know the villains as intimately as the heroes, to care passionately about what happens to them. David Tennant’s Kilgrave is as much the star of Jessica Jones Season 1 as Krysten Ritter’s hero. In just the same way, Infinity War will devote a lot of screen time to Thanos himself. It will reveal the Mad Titan in all his glory, and take the time to develop him as a character.

The prospect that Thanos is going to be given time to really be his own character is good news and it’s a necessary writing move because we know the rest of the cast pretty well, but we don’t know Thanos. So let’s see, just a month left to go! Where will Thanos rank in the end? (via, Screenrant)

  • Netflix has gotten the rights to the YA series by Jenny Han called To All the Boys I’ve Ever Loved which I’m totally excited for. I adore this series and I’m excited about the potential Asian representation in the series since the main character is Asian. Lana Condor, who is Vietnamese-American has been cast as the lead role.  “The story follows Lara Jean Song Covey, whose love life goes from imaginary to out of control when the love letters for every boy she’s ever loved — five in all — are mysteriously mailed out.” (via Variety)
  • Kristin Davis, also known as SATC MVP Charlotte York has endorsed co-host Cynthia Nixon’s run for governor of New York City. Best Friends stick together. (via Hello Giggles)
  • Chrissy Metz, one-third of the Big Three from This is Us, had a really beautiful and personal interview with People magazine in which she discussed her stepfather’s abusive behavior, especially concerning her weight. “My body seemed to offend him, but he couldn’t help but stare, especially when I was eating. He joked about putting a lock on the refrigerator. We had lived with a lack of food for so long that when it was there, I felt like I had to eat it before it disappeared. Food was my only happiness.” (via People)
  • Frank Oz has some concern about the way Disney is treating the muppets. He spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about his concerns about the organization “As much as Disney loves The Muppets and wants the best for The Muppets — and they truly believe they can do it — they don’t get it.” (via The Hollywood Reporter)
  • Not that you need any more reasons to love M’Baku or Winston Duke, but here you go just in case you were having a sad Wednesday.

(image: Marvel/Disney)

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