The Marvel Cinematic Universe has crossed a new phase with Captain America: Civil War and soon, we'll be going into the inevitable culmination in the universe that is Avengers: Infinity War. It's been apparent from the first appearance of Thanos that the villain is the big guy behind the chaos in the MCU. That said, there remains little detail about the character's size, literally and figuratively.
Because the MCU hasn't exactly been the best in its portrayal of its villains, it begs the question of how Thanos will play play out in the Infinity War films.
In an interview with USA Today, Joe Russo explains how they will add more dimensions to the mighty supervillain, thus allowing audiences to understand him better. He said:
He is a blank slate, but he is a mythic figure. His stature is, both literally and figuratively, enormous. What's important to us is digging in and dimensionalizing him and make you understand why he does whathe does.
Thanos has been presented in the MCU only in small doses since Phase One. We've seen him in several post-credits scenes, with his biggest appearance having been in Guardians of the Galaxy. He was shown interacting with more characters than we've seen him interact with and he certainly came across as someone to fear and respect. We're not sure about his motivations though, but it is this that will be key to making him a formidable character. Hopefully, with Joe Russo having described him as being a "blank slate," he and his brother will be able to achieve making Thanos one of the best villains we'll get to see in the MCU.
Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on May 4, 2018.