Avengers: Infinity War Director Says Thanos’ Motivations Are “Compelling” And “Psychotic

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Thanos (Josh Brolin) is looming over the horizon now that Marvel fans come closer to the release of Avengers: Infinity War and everyone's expecting a lot of chaos and despair in the wake of the Mad Titan's quest for the Infinity Stones.

Speaking in a recent interview with Marvel Studios Movies, director Joe Russo describes Thanos' motivations as "psychotic" and "compelling," saying that he excited to see how audiences respond to the villain.

"I'm most excited for the audience to learn about [Thanos]. I think he's a very interesting and complex villain. That's why I like him, that's why I'm excited for the audience to learn about him. I think his motivations are, albeit, psychotic, compelling, and I think that this, in a lot of ways, is his movie, so it's going to be very interesting to see how people respond to Thanos."

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been building up towards Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4, so we're certainly hoping for a complex villain in Thanos. In Jim Starlin's Infinity Gauntlet story arc, the Mad Titan uses the Infinity Gauntlet to destroy half of the universe's population, all to win the love of Death. In the process many of the Avengers, the X-Men, and the Fantastic Four. Death isn't part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe just yet, so we're not entirely sure what Thanos reasons for acquiring the Infinity Stones are just yet.

Avengers: Infinity War hits cinemas May 4, 2018. Avengers 4 follows behind, releasing on May 3, 2019.

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