Writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have kicked off Marvel Phase 3 with Captain America: Civil War, and they’ll be finishing it with their script for Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 (with Part 1 in-between), all in combination with directors Anthony and Joe Russo. So what have they got in store for the biggest superhero team-up ever? They’ve revealed a little bit about Thanos’s role and the number of superheroes we might be seeing in an interview with Huffington Post.
When it comes to writing Thanos scenes, “It’s easy,” says McFeely. “Really giving him good scenes. You know, he’s never been the villain in any of the movies. He’s never been the main character in that way, so giving lots of good screen time to Thanos is paramount and pretty fun… I think it’s an advantage ultimately, right? Because people are anticipating this guy coming in and really delivering the goods. So, I think they’re eager, and we just have to deliver it. We don’t have to convince them that he’s gonna be interesting. We just have to execute what has been teased.”
As for the rumour that there’ll be 67 different Marvel heroes in the film, Markus says that number is based on out-of-dates maths. “That number comes from the fact that that’s everyone who’s already been introduced. If you line up all the characters who are available to use from the prior Marvel movies, it racks up to about 60 something characters, let alone the new ones you could bring in.”
They hasten to add that we shouldn’t expect major roles for all of of them, something they had to reassure their directors about as well.
“We had our office filled with cards of everybody who was alive and available, and the Russo brothers came in and went, ‘Whoa!’” says McFeely. “There’s not going to be 67 lead parts.”