Whedon reveals he had no Thanos plans after Avengers cameos
With Avengers: Infinity War the entire MCU was changed with a literal finger snap. Thanos, Mavel’s head villain, was brought to life thanks to the Russo Brothers and Josh Brolin.
Joss Whedon, director of the first two Avengers films, had a much different idea for the Thanos character…namely he didn’t have any ideas. Speaking to IGN, Whedon revealed that the Thanos he teased in Marvel’s The Avengers was in-fact just a tease, and that he had no plans for the character that were being set up there beyond his appearance.
“Honestly, I kind of hung (Thanos) out to dry. I love Thanos. I love his apocalyptic vision, his love affair with death. I love his power. But, I don’t really understand it. He’s had a lot of power, and he was cool in the comics. And I’m like, Thanos is the ultimate Marvel villain! And then I was like, I don’t actually know what I would do with Thanos. So, I liked what (The Russo brothers) did so much, and I thought Josh Brolin killed it. And they did an amazing job of keeping that performance on-screen. But it wasn’t like I was like, here’s a set of directions. I was like, I’m gonna get through Ultron, nap for four years, and then I’ll come to the premiere. Which I did! It was like, this is so cool!”
Whedon went on to say that making the character more realistic seemed to be the only way to actually make the film work the way it did.
“I thought they did what they needed to do….They gave him an actual perspective and made him feel righteous to himself, which is always a better idea. So I liked what they did very much. I did not know about it, I certainly didn’t come up with it.”
Thanos will return in Avengers 4.