This is definitely good news to me as it's learned the Russo brothers have cut Thanos' backstory from The Avengers: Infinity War.
As if the scene with baby Gamora and ThanosÂ holding hands wasn't cringe-worthy enough from the latest Avengers: Infinity War trailer, I was not looking forward to some sort of fifteen minute scene to somehow make the Mad Titan relatable to audiences.
Kevin FeigeÂ and Josh Brolin previously hinted they were going this route, with theirÂ words just as cringe-worthy as the scene.
âHeâs from a planet called Titan thatâs no longer inhabited because of things that he thought he could help prevent, and he was not allowed to do that,â FeigeÂ recently told EW.com. âWhat he feared most happened, and the planet and everybody on it basically went extinct. He vowed not to let that happen again. He thinks he sees the universe going down the tubes. He thinks he sees life expanding outward unchecked. That will bring ruin, he believes, to the universe and to that life.âÂ
This is what Brolin had to say about seeing a younger Thanos:
"Heâs different from his family,âÂ BrolinÂ said. âTheyâre all Titans and they all look similar, but he was born deformed. You see how he grew up, you see he was like the Quasimodo of this time, or if youâve ever readÂ PerfumeÂ [Patrick SĂŒskind âs 1985 novel about a serial killer who craves beautiful scenes but is disgusted by the smell of humanity], itâs a great parallel to Thanos. He stuck out. He was an anomaly. He was a freak. And that lent to this apparent insanity.âÂ Â
IMO, we don't need to know about the ThanosÂ backstory other than he's a Mad Titan andÂ one powerful SOB. The past few years in Marvel Comics they attempted to explore Thanos' origin and backstory, which was just as cringe-worthy and downright awful (basically anything except for Starlin's stuff). The less is more approach is better for the film as it comes off as even scarier and leaves the audience guessing.Â Â Â
Update: This article and the possibility of no Thanos origin in the movie has been getting a lot of feedback from fans. I suggest you read Timelord's review for Marvel Comics' ThanosÂ Rising #1 which was an attempt to shoehorn an origin for Thanos in to the comics (and probably because of the MCU).Â
While I don't know exactly how much of the Thanos backstory they are cutting (they should start with that Gamora scene), the Russo brothers filled in Total Film magazine the following:
"We were considering showing [Thanosâ] backstory,â says Anthony Russo, âbut ultimately felt it wasnât necessary for the movie.â
Russo continues with mention theÂ Infinity War will still be âtold from [Thanos'] point of view,â with it noted that is better than shoehorning in some sort of goofy (my description) originÂ story, which is 100% true.
Now is there any chance of cutting the goofy Guardians of the Galaxy scenes??