Though the Marvel Cinematic Universe has long since made itself a household name in the art of superhero movie making as the studio flies high above competitors like Warner Bros. DC Expanded Universe and Fox's X-Men franchsie, Marvel villains constantly receive the criticism from critics and fans who all say that the studio has yet to learn how to create realistic and grounded villains.
Speaking with Screen Rant about Guardian of the Galaxy Vol. 2's upcoming release, Marvel President Kevin Fiege admitted to the weak heroes that the studio has previously created, promising fans that things have changed for the better with Avengers: Infinity War focusing on Josh Brolin's villain character, Thanos.
"Well, I mean, it always varies, but it always starts with what serves the story the most and what serves the hero the most. We've been criticized, if a big criticism of ours is that we focus on the heroes more than the villains, I think that's probably true. I don't think it will always be true and I think some of you spoke to Chris and Steve at the Civil War junket. When the heck was that, yesterday? Last week? And they talked about, in appropriately oblique terms, Thanos. Thanos in Infinity War is, you know, in a movie that has a lot of characters, you could almost go so far as to say he is the main character, and that's a bit of a, that's a bit of a departure from what we've done before, but that was appropriate for a movie called Infinity War."
Though Marvel is a leading name in the superhero movie industry, the studio still knows how to admit its weaknesses and grow from them. It's great to hear that Marvel's going to try and give fans villains with better motivations and backstories moving forward.
Guardians of the Galaxy makes its cinematic debut on May 5, 2017 while Avengers: Infinity War premieres on the big screen on May 5, 2018.