Thanos might have wielded so much power in Avengers: Infinity War, but fans couldn’t help but wonder why the Mad Titan was careful not to kill heroes like Captain America (Chris Evans) before turning half of the universe into dust at the end of the movie. Throughout the course of the film, Thanos had only killed one member of the Avengers and one member of the Guardians of the Galaxy – Vision (Paul Bettany) for the Mind Stone, and Gamora (Zoe Saldana) for the Soul Stone.
Now, thanks to The Art of Avengers: Infinity War (via Screen Rant), fans are offered some sort of answer for Thanos’ odd graciousness in the movie. Ryan Meinerding, the Head of Visual Development at Marvel Studios, went on an interview to explain the amount of thought that went into creating Thanos’ character which eventually influenced the Mad Titan’s design on the big screen.
"The plan of getting all the Infinity Stones is putting [Thanos] in the position of being so powerful that he is sort of calmer, more single-minded, and more reasonable. He is not necessarily worried about killing the heroes. As long as he ends up with the stones, he can accomplish what he wants to."
Outside of murdering the Asgardians on their ship to earth at the start of the film, Thanos seemed relatively benevolent in the movie because of a higher belief, which is balance. That or the lives of the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy didn’t really matter much in his grand vision for the universe. The Mad Titan just didn’t really need to kill everyone – the Infinity Stones would decide who would die.
Now, the only question is whether or not the Avengers can bring back the lives that were lost in Infinity War. Let’s wait and see.
Avengers 4 hits cinemas May 3, 2019.