The time has come for Thanos, the biggest bad in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, to fully enter the scene. In Avengers: Infinity War, Josh Brolin’s villain will be after the Infinity Stones, and if he wants them, he’s going to have to steal them.
That information comes directly from the Russo Brothers, who are directing the film, courtesy of an interview on CNet. When asked about the Russo’s penchant for playing with genre, Anthony said this about the upcoming third Avengers movie:
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.
Now that is an interesting idea. One of the significant risks of the superhero film scene is genre stagnation, and the energy and wit of a heist movie might be exactly what Avengers needs to break out of that trap. The Russo Brothers have already proven they have the chops for that sort of experimentation. Their first Marvel film was Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which brilliantly blended the tone of the MCU with a paranoiac, ‘70s-style spy thriller.
Though, if Thanos is going to steal the Infinity Stones and pose a real threat to the galaxy (and he will, because that’s how drama works, but let’s pretend for a second), he’s going to have his job cut out for him. There are six Infinity Stones—ancient artifacts that, when combined together, deliver ultimate power—and Thanos doesn’t have any of them. If he wants this heist to work out, he’s going to have to get planning.