‘Captain America’ and ‘Infinity War’ Screenwriters Address Marvel’s Villain Problem

By | One Comment

Despite continuing to put out incredibly successful outings every year, there has been one notable, consistent flaw in almost all of Marvel’s films that fans have begun to take note of, and that’s their forgettable villains syndrome. Other than Loki and maybe a few others depending on how you feel about some of the MCU films, none of the villains can quite seem to hold a candlestick to any of the actual heroes themselves, and end up feeling more like necessary hurdles to jump over and then instantly forget.

Hopefully, this will all change in Avengers: Infinity War though, which will bring Josh Brolin’s Thanos front and center finally, after being teased repeatedly throughout the past few MCU films, ever since his first appearance at the end of 2012’s The Avengers.

While recently speaking with JoBlo as well, Civil War and Infinity War screenwriters, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, addressed the problem with the studio’s onscreen villains fairly bluntly, at first teasing what fans can expect from how Infinity War will be adapting the iconic Thanos-led story from the comics:

“As you said, we tend to take the ingredients and make a different meal out of it. WINTER SOLDIER owes a great deal to the Brubaker run but it’s not the Brubaker run. CIVIL WAR owes a great deal to Millar, but it’s not close to the Civil War run. So we’ll do the same thing with Thanos and his gauntlet.”

As to whether or not the film will show us an actual origin for Thanos:

“We can reveal nothing, but we are equally fascinated. Legitimately we are fascinated by Thanos. There are a lot of reasons we took the job but one of them was wow, we get to take the biggest villain Marvel has ever has and try and do him justice.”

And finally, what they think of the Marvel villain problem, as many are calling it:

“If you think about it, I get the criticism, but the early phases were all origin stories. It tends to create a similar villain. When it is no longer an origin story, I think you might have a little bit more freedom to create different villains. I’m sensitive to the problem. I get it. But it wasn’t the Robert Redford story, it was CAPTAIN AMERICA: WINTER SOLDIER. It wasn’t the Red Skull’s journey, it was the journey of one guy going from ninety pound weakling to American hero and then going into the ice. So in a 120-minute movie it is difficult, and Thanos will possibly change that, but you want time spent. Excuse me for going on a tangent but I love the Marvel Netflix shows because you have so much more time to spend with your villains. It’s literally minutes and hours spent. We have 120-minutes and Jessica Jones had how ever many it had.”

The screenwriters actually hit the nail on the head pretty well here, and it’s one of the reasons that I don’t really mind the MCU only having one or two memorable villains in the end. For a majority of the films, they have been origin stories, and usually, the villains in those stories are weirdly similar.

At this point though, after Loki, Baron Zemo in Civil War (who will probably be fairly divisive, but I loved him and his motivations), and hopefully, Thanos, I feel like Marvel will have constructed an incredibly elaborate and complex universe for themselves with heroes that we all love. If the villains end up suffering a little bit for it, then I’ll be okay with it, honestly.

Captain America: Civil War hits theatres on May 6th, while Avengers: Infinity War Parts 1 and will be released on May 4th, 2018 and May 3rd, 2019.

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