The MCU is in fascinating place after the release of Avengers: Endgame. Die-hard fans have watched the movie since it’s been about 11 days.
The story is so deep that fans see every scene of the movie with full patience and dedication. Every day we come across with newer theories and spoiler from fans.
It’s seemingly inevitable that whenever a superhero film presents a particularly memorable villain, some percentage of the audience will decide the bad guy was in the right.
Endgame showcases Thanos as the destructor of life who destroys everything with a Snap.
Fans still think more to the story of Thanos which was left untold. In fact, co-director Joe Russo recently shared details about 10-minutes of film that seemed to be cut from ‘Avengers: Infinity War.‘
It would have further fleshed out the character and his motivations.
Infinity War does lay out a backstory which explains why Thanos would develop his beliefs. His home planet Titan suffered from a combination of resource scarcity and overpopulation, which led him to conclude the whole population of the universe needed to be cut in half in order to survive.
His intentions — saving a universe running out of resources by sacrificing half of all life — are well-meaning but disturbingly misguided. His relationship with Gamora adds a dose of family drama to Infinity War.
The insight the Thanos’ backstory
During an interview with ComicBook.com, Endgames’s director Joe Russo discussed the film’s heavy response on box office collections.
He shared how they were able to conclude stories of 20 movies in just 3 hours run time.
We’ve long heard that the Russo Brothers have considered the first of the two final “Avengers” films as a “Thanos movie.” The answer was a resounding yes!
According to Russo:
“Of course. We did a lot of drafts of Infinity War that involved Thanos’s backstory. We even had a draft where you saw ten minutes of his backstory.
You saw him as a child, you saw him try to convince his planet that it was doomed and recommend that they randomly kill half the population to save the planet.
He gets sent to a prison off-planet and eventually watches the planet destroy itself….
It is a whole other film, but sometimes that’s the value in a story room, of writing that draft in the script because you go ‘alright, at least I have that in my brain now.
And I understand that, and I can pitch it to Brolin, and he can hear that intimate level fo detail, so we all know what his story is and how he feels about his past.
He’s a very tortured character who’s sociopathic, but ultimately it’s benevolent sociopathy.”
Sure, this likely wouldn’t have given us any more reason to feel sympathetic to his cause of wiping out half of all known life in the universe.
It would have been interesting to see more of how The Mad Titan’s ideology was formed by seeing this play out on screen.