Marvel Movie ‘Avengers: Endgame’: Thanos should have looked more like comics: The villain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe does not get much bigger than Thanos (Josh Brolin). I haven’t seen those fans yet. The MCU will continue for years to come, but the franchise may be ahead in establishing a threat as a long road epic that originates by the Crazy Titan.
A cosmic winner like Thanos may have once seemed too eccentric to connect with mainstream moviegoers. Nevertheless, throughout what has now become known as the “infinite saga,” the character has emerged as arguably one of the best comic book film villains ever. Now we’ve learned Thanos looked very different from what we saw in Avengers: Endgame.
Thanos’ evolution in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Ever since the audience discovered their purple satire at the end of Avengers, Thanos looms large on the MCU. Brolin later played the character created by Jim Starlin in Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Age of Ultron. But Crazy Titan was not really to claim Earth until the 2018 Avengers: Infinity War.
In his first appearance, actor and stuntman Damien Poitier played Thanos. From that brief cameo through Avengers: Infinity War, Marvel Studios tweaked its design. Do not believe us? Check out how different he looks from the Guardians of the Galaxy. Advances in motion capture technology played a role in Thanos’ look, but the details of his face and skin tone have also changed over time.
From Avengers: Infinity War to Avengers: Endgame, the character changes are more subtle and based on historical reasons. Thanos is more powerful throughout Infinity War because he has Infinity Stones. Therefore he lacks the need for armor and additional weapons. Then, in the endgame, viewers get their best look at their warrior mode.
An early design intended for ‘Avengers: Endgame’
With the number of moving parts involved in bringing the legendary storytelling of The Avengers: Endgame to life, we’re not surprised the film’s design was continually evolving. The Thanos warrior look suffered its fair share of changes.
Concept artist Jerad S. Marantz recently took to Instagram to share a glimpse at Thanos’ initial design of armor for the film. And this is definitely what bears a very different look from the wound in the final cut. His armor in the movie actually embraces a gold-colored scheme and more juts, especially off the shoulders of the character.
That being said, it may feel less grand design and more tactical and certainly sounds true for some versions of comics. Nevertheless, not only will this armor be sharply contrasted with the previous Thanos worn, but it is also merely less gorgeous. We can’t blame directors Joe and Anthony Roos for wanting something a little more cinematic for their superhero epic.
Fans haven’t seen the last of the Mad Titan
The story of Thanos seems to end decisively by the end of Avengers: Endgame. But no end is everlasting when it comes to comic books. In fact, fans have already started speculating how the crazed Titan could again enter the MCU down the line. After all, the character does appear in several major story arcs in the comics.
But one place fans can look forward to seeing Thanos is on the upcoming Disney + series What if …? The animated show will explore alternative fats for several established characters in the MCU. Brolin, Chris Evans, and many actors will return to voice their characters. We do not know how this version of Thanos will compare to those found in films. But we will be looking to find out.
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