After so many movies, Avengers: Infinity War finally provided us with Thanos’ story, told largely from the Mad Titan’s own perspective. Now, the Russo brothers have revealed that Avengers: Endgame will shift the focus to another character, hinting that Thanos’ role in the upcoming movie might not be as big as we thought.
In a new interview with BoxOfficePro, the Russos discussed how they wanted to make Endgame feel distinct and separate from Infinity War. With that bit of information, Joe Russo revealed that part of what would make Endgame so different from its predecessor is that it will be told from a “different point of view.”
Here’s the full quote:
“I will say that the movie is definitely unique in tone. It has its own spirit that’s different than Infinity War, which is why I was keen for us to separate the movies. It’s different tonally than Infinity War and it is told from a different point of view. It was important for us in our minds as film directors to separate those two because we do not want to make the same movie twice, and ways that you can differentiate films are through tone and point of view.”
That probably means Thanos won’t be monologuing quite as much, but if Endgame isn’t told from his point of view, whose perspective will Marvel use? Two characters come to mind: Tony Stark and Steve Rogers. They’ve both led the Avengers, though they haven’t spoken in a while. The team has often rested on their shoulders, followed their direction, and sided and fought against some of their ideals. Though it’s safe to assume that any footage from the Endgame trailer won’t necessarily be in the final film, both trailers open with Tony’s perspective.
Likewise, the trailers heavily feature Captain America, with glimpses into his past and journey as a hero as well. In comparison to Tony, Captain America didn’t have as big of a role in Infinity War. He’d been off the grid for a couple of years, and by the time he was called back to action, it was too late. Thanos was already on his way to winning. Endgame’s point of view could shift to center him as he takes the lead. Chris Evans has already hinted that Captain America could die, so having the film be from his perspective would make the end of his journey that much more emotional.
The Russos teasing a different point of view also raises the question of whether Thanos will be defeated early on. There have been many theories speculating that the Mad Titan isn’t Endgame’s ultimate big bad, and that could mean his presence in the film is limited.
The news that Avengers: Endgame will shift the focus away from Thanos could also reveal one more big spoiler. Considering that Infinity War focused on the Mad Titan and ended with him successfully wiping out half the universe’s population, a switch to Captain America or some other hero as the primary “point of view” would seem to suggest that this time around, the good guys will finally win.
Avengers: Endgame hits theaters April 26, 2019.