‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Will Not Have 67 Characters, Writers Tease Thanos’ Presence

By April 20, 2016

I don’t think I’m the only one who’s feeling a small bit of concern about Avengers: Infinity War, which will be the culmination of every Marvel film up until that point, and finally bring Josh Brolin’s Thanos center stage, as he takes on a large number of the Marvel characters in a fight to have control over the Infinity Gauntlet, which basically lets him do whatever he wants.

Despite some recent comments from Infinity War directors, Anthony and Joe Russo as well – which hinted that the two films would feature 67 characters throughout – it doesn’t look like the film will be quite as packed as that number suggests, screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely clarified. Thankfully, because I feel like that’d be too many characters for any movie.

While speaking with The Huffington Post about the film’s number of lead characters, Markus commented:

“Well, I mean that number is literally — that number comes from the fact that that’s everyone who’s already been introduced. If you line up all the character’s who are available to use from the prior Marvel movies, it racks up to about 60 something characters, let alone the new ones you could bring in.”

McFeely added:

“Right. We had our office filled with cards of everybody who was alive and available, and the brothers came in and went, ‘Whoa.’ So that doesn’t mean that everyone is, you know, there’s not going to be 67 lead parts.”

The Russo Brothers did recently reveal that the film would be told through the perspective of multiple characters though, and we do know that the film will bring together the Guardians of the Galaxy with the Avengers, in addition to the introductions of characters like Carol Danvers a.k.a. Captain Marvel and (possibly) The Inhumans. So it will still have quite a lot of perspectives and characters to balance throughout, but certainly not 67 parts.

Yes, feel free to let out a sigh of relief.

The screenwriters went on to mention which character or aspect of the film they’re most looking forward to tackling onscreen, and hint: he’s a big purple alien with an affinity for gauntlets:

“[Thanos]. It’s easy. Really giving him good scenes. You know, he’s never been the villain in any of the movies. He’s never been the main character in that way, so giving lots of good screen time to Thanos is paramount and pretty fun.”

Will it be any different than introducing other villains in the previous films though, since he’s already been teased and introduced so much?

“There’s an aspect of, you know, people know what’s coming, so our challenge is how best are we going to handle this somewhat known quantity. But also he’s barely been touched on. He’s at about 20 seconds of screen time.”

“He hasn’t had an amazing scene. I think it’s an advantage ultimately, right? Because people are anticipating this guy coming in and really delivering the goods. So, I think they’re eager, and we just have to deliver it. We don’t have to convince them that he’s gonna be interesting. We just have to execute what has been teased.”

With an actor like Josh Brolin giving life to Thanos, Marvel already has about half of the job done in making sure that the large villain manages to live up to his own hype as far as I’m concerned, but the excitement from McFeely and Markus, who have now written the two best films in the MCU, is comforting, to say the least.

They’ve both proven their ability to give their films strong antagonistic forces, as well as being able to balance a large number of characters and POVs, so if Marvel was going to give the reins to anyone for Infinity War then, I don’t think there is any doubt in my mind, that these were the right guys.

Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 will hit theatres on May 4th, 2018, with Part 2 set to be released as well on May 3rd, 2019.

Make sure to keep checking back for more updates — right here on GeekNation.

Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable
  • David Johnson

    There is such a thing as OVERKILL!!!!!!! Hell I don’t think #GameOfThrones has 67 Main Characters & I lost track along time ago of 1/2 their cast!!!!