We’re inching ever closer to Avengers: Infinity War, the two-part superhero saga that will pit the Avengers against the Mad Titan Thanos. While nobody really expected Thanos to figure into the actual plot of Civil War, many were surprised that he wasn’t included in one of the film’s post-credits scenes.
As screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely tell The Verge, they had some pretty good reasons for letting Thanos sit this one out.
“Well, I mean, he’s going to have two movies…So we didn’t want to play him out and then have people be like, ‘Eh, more of this guy…'” said Markus.
Thanos has made several brief appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far, so it’s understandable that they don’t want audiences to get sick of seeing little snippets of the villain, a concern that McFeely humorously touched upon: “Yet again, they gave me 45 second of Thanos! That does nobody any good,” he said. “The ‘Civil War’ story is about this group breaking up on their own accord, and they do not need to be helped by the guy from space.”
The MCU is positioned to feature a lot more “guys from space” as it moves into more cosmic territory with films such as Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and of course, Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 coming in the next couple of years. As such, Markus and McFeely were also concerned with making Civil War a more grounded film.
“We also wanted [Civil War[ to be a very kind of boots-on-the-ground, grounded movie that set the stage for ‘Infinity War,’ that sets all the Avengers apart from each other and at their weakest point,” added Markus. “So that when this giant purple man does show up, they’re not ready for it.”
We’ll find out if the Avengers can regroup in time to stop Thanos when Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 (title pending) hits theaters May 4, 2018.