Friday, December 2, 2016

Marvel Needs To Spend More Time With Thanos Before Their Next Movie

So far, every movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is ultimately leading us to the grand climax that will be Avengers: Infinity War. We've known for a while that it's going to tie into the legendary, all-powerful Infinity Stones, and we got our first peek at the big baddie in the mid-credits scene back during 2012's The Avengers. Now, we've finally received a big tease regarding the inspiration for the upcoming epic.

The two movies were initially announced that they would be the respective halves of a two-part film. Then, earlier this year, Marvel had chosen to drop the "part 1" and "2" from the names and that instead that'll be separate but intertwined films. The first film is now known as Avengers: Infinity War and the second is presently untitled.

The bigwigs over at Marvel recently got together for a meeting about Avengers: Infinity War and Marvel Studios Co-President Louis D'Esposito sent out a picture that riled up a lot of fans. While praising how excited he is for the next Avengers adventure, he proudly displayed a copy of a classic Marvel series, Infinity Gauntlet.

Many had already assumed that the movie would be based on the 1992 comic, Infinity War, but many also wondered if it would incorporate the 1991 mini-series by writer Jim Starlin that started it all, Infinity Gauntlet. D'Esposito's picture all but confirms that the movie will span much of Marvel's cosmic epic, not unlike the way Guardians of the Galaxy drew from both Annihilation and Annihilation: Conquest.

Marvel first started teasing the cosmic scale of its plans with the The Avengers and things have only been ramping up since then. Thanos has made appearances in two other movies (2014's Guardians of the Galaxy and 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron), and we fully expect him to make another appearance in next summer's Guardians of the Galaxy sequel.

Despite how important and powerful of a character Thanos is, he's had little impact so far on the world of Marvel outside of the comics themselves. Many of the Marvel characters have become cultural mainstays thanks to their appearances in video games and merchandise, which helps to increase their visibility with mainstream audiences. There is a number of online games featuring many prominent superheroes that help to introduce audiences to some lesser-known characters as well. While they're often simple takes on a standard slot reels, these games appeal well beyond your typical comic book audience. It would make sense that Marvel would want more than just nerds to be familiar with the stars of their movies.

For a character that's so incredibly powerful and is set to be this terrifying threat to the entire universe as we know it, Thanos has a relatively low profile. So far, he's only appeared as extra downloadable content or as one of dozens upon dozens of characters included in smaller Marvel mobile apps. What the company should really be doing is making larger, story based adventures where players can go up against the mad Titan to really get a sense of what the Avengers will take on in these new films.

There's still plenty of time (and more than a few movies) on track before Infinity War's 2018 release to familiarize fans with the megalomaniacal villain. We're confident that fans will know the name of Thanos by the time Infinity War rolls around. Avengers: Infinity War is currently scheduled for a May 4, 2018 release date with the sequel to follow on May 3, 2019.

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