Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige was doing a press junket on the set of Guardians of the Galaxy for every entertainment news site except Bleeding Cool, and he responded to open-ended question from ScreenRant with a major revelation: Thanos will be the main character of Avengers: Infinity War.
Well, I mean, it always varies, but it always starts with what serves the story the most and what serves the hero the most. We've been criticized, if a big criticism of ours is that we focus on the heroes more than the villains, I think that's probably true. I don't think it will always be true and I think some of you spoke to Chris and Steve at the Civil War junket. When the heck was that, yesterday? Last week? And they talked about, in appropriately oblique terms, Thanos. Thanos in Infinity War is, you know, in a movie that has a lot of characters, you could almost go so far as to say he is the main character, and that's a bit of a, that's a bit of a departure from what we've done before, but that was appropriate for a movie called Infinity War.
Though Feige claims the decision to center the movie around Thanos is a story-driven one, it may also be born out of necessity. Guardians of the Galaxy star and disgraced pro wrestler Dave "Boo-tista" Bautista recently gave an interview where he revealed that getting all of the big name actors from Marvel's movies on set at the same time to film Infinity War was a "logistics nightmare," and that Marvel would likely need to use CGI to get the actors into scenes together. Though actor Josh Brolin has been known to paint himself purple and play the Mad Titan in the flesh, since Thanos is a purple alien, he could just as easily be created purely from CGI. As Thanos is a full CGI character, directors The Russo Bros could get any extra to stand around as a placeholder in scenes, and let Brolin read his lines over Skype.
It's not the optimal way to shoot a big budget superhero movie, but circumstances being what they are, it may have to do.
Then again, it could be because Avengers: Infinity War is based on the Infinity Gauntlet comic book, where Thanos is kind of the de facto main character, gaining control of the Infinity Gems and using them to snuff out half of the life in the universe to please his mistress, Lady Death (which is coincidentally also the plot of Steve Bannon's autobiography). But if that were the case, then why would this be news in the first place? No, something else must be going on here, and Bleeding Cool won't rest until we get to the bottom of it, or until we move onto something else, whichever comes first.