Directors Joe and Anthony Russo revealed late last week which one of your favorite Avengers gets the most screentime in Infinity War, and the answer will hit you like a bolt of Asgardian lightning. Historically, either Iron Man or Captain America is the focus of Marvel team-up films, but this time around, god of thunder Thor takes center stage.
In an interview with Fandango, published last Friday, director Joe Russo spoke about which characters in Infinity War get the most screentime. We’ve known since last February that Thanos, the film’s villain, functions as the “main character” of Infinity War. Russo confirmed we’ll see Thanos more than anyone else, but he also said which good guy we’ll see more of than any other: “I think you’ll find that Thor has a really interesting arc in the film,” Russo said. “He hasn’t been at the forefront of other Avengers movies but he certainly has a very important role in this film.
Keep in mind that Thor’s been tracking Thanos since 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, and he knows more about the Infinity Stones than perhaps any other Avenger. It stands to reason that in a comic book story of this epic scale, someone like Thor would have a more prominent role than either Tony Stark or Steve Rogers. As one of the team’s most powerful members, he also stands a much better chance in direct confrontation with Thanos.
Furthermore, the last time we saw Thor was in Thor: Ragnarok. Following the destruction of Asgard, Thor flew away in a large spaceship with the surviving Asgardians, Hulk, and a few of their gladiator buddies. But in the mid-credits scene, Thanos’s spaceship loomed nearby. Previous Infinity War trailers show Hulk crash-landing in New York City and Thor falling into the ship owned by the Guardians of the Galaxy, so chances are there’s some kind of epic battle in space.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige previously teased a dramatic opening to Infinity War: “Within the first five minutes of Infinity War, people will understand why Thanos is the biggest and baddest villain in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.” Could that mean that the very first scene in Infinity War is Thanos giving Thor a beating? Maybe.
No matter what happens at the beginning of Avengers: Infinity War, it looks like Thor will play a huge role in how things unfold, but will the god of thunder be a casualty in this war or one of its greatest heroes?