AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Writers Talk About Thanos and His Hero’s Journey
Hopefully you’ve seen Avengers: Infinity War by now. If not, there will be *SPOILERS* in this article.
Writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely gave an interview to BuzzFeed News and discussed the journey that Thanos – the main character of the film – went on.
“This is the hero’s journey for Thanos,” said McFeely. “By the end of the hero’s journey, our main character, our protagonist — at least, in this case — gets what he wants.” At first the writers weren’t quite sure when in the two films Thanos’s snap would come, until they ultimately realized that putting it at the climax of Infinity War would give that film its strongest ending.
“Even if the end is a tragedy, we wanted it to be definitive,” said Markus. “To say, ‘Oh my gosh, what’s he going to do?! He’s only got one [Infinity Stone] left! I wonder if he’ll get the other one!’ That just seemed like ‘Tune in next week’ jerking around.”
There is definitely a completeness to it, if you look at it through Thanos’s point of view. I even mentioned that in my review for the film. That doesn’t mean, however, that it is actually definitive. I mean, Spider-Man 2, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and Black Panther 2 are confirmed to be happening. Some of those victims at the end will return. How and why remain a mystery however. Between the time stone, and the quantum realm, there are a vast number of options already ingrained in the universe to be able to do that and not have it feel forced.
But Markus and McFeeley don’t let that factor into their script.
“We can’t make movies assuming you know how movies get made,” said McFeely. “We can just tell the best version of the story we can, and hopefully you are investing in that story while you’re in it, and you feel appropriate sadness or joy while you’re in it. We can’t account for having one step outside the movie theater while you’re watching it. We would be terrible storytellers if we did that.”
None of our theories may be correct however, the people who know best say we will be in for a surprise when Avengers 4 drops next year.
“[Avengers 4] doesn’t do what you think it does,” said Markus. “It is a different movie than you think it is.” Then he paused. “Also…[the deaths are] real. I just want to tell you it’s real, and the sooner you accept that, the sooner you will be able to move on to the next stage of grief.”
McFeely broke in. “Put it this way,” he said. “I think [Infinity War] is a fairly mature movie for a blockbuster. It’s got a lot of fun in it, obviously, but boy, it gets very mature. The second one is also mature. We’re going to own these choices, and hopefully surprise and delight you and get you invested. It’s by the same studio, the same filmmaking team. They were written at the same time, shot at the same time. They’re clearly connected, but they are definitely two different movies, one of which is dependent on what happened previous.”
“We broke your heart,” added Markus. “Now we’re going to blow your mind!”
All we can do now is wait – and grieve…and maybe hope…that your favorite hero makes it out on the other side.
With regard to Thanos being treated practically like the hero of the film, you should listen to this week’s The Revengers Podcast, because both MFR and Brett wax philosophical about how noble Thanos’ intentions are while Vanessa listens on in horror.
Avengers: Infinity War is now in theaters everywhere.
Source: BuzzFeed News
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