In a recent Q&A at Iowa City High School, Avengers: Infinity War co-director Joe Russo talked a bit about Thanos, The Black Order and their roles within the film. Spoilers for Infinity War ahead!
During the Q&A, some of the students question The Black Order’s role in the film and how the characters lacked any kind of backstory. According to Russo, this was intentional:
I think people have been waiting 10 years to have the Marvel heroes together in a 2 and half hour film. So If I started to go into the history of them- that’s a whole another movie all together. I felt like they did their jobs in the film. And the audience got enough of them in the film- as much as they needed them in the film. As much as I like those characters- and as much as I like comic books I feel that if I started delving into their backstory it would become unwatchable- only so many characters you can keep in your head.
Later on he talked a bit about Thanos and why The Black Order received comparatively little background info:
Well Thanos is the true bad guy of the movie you don’t want the sub villains overshadowing the super villain… And we [wanted] to save him for the final showdown between him and the heroes. They weren’t easy to dispatch all of them- it certainly took a few nasty fights.
These sentiments are not surprising. Despite how much backstory The Black Order receives in the comics their function in the film was that of supporting antagonists. In Avengers: Infinity War, they are little more then overpowered henchmen who do Thanos’ bidding. So it’s little surprise that the Russo brothers would opt to skip over them in favor of the film’s primary antagonist. And from what we saw of Thanos in Infinity War, it was the right call.
Marvel‘s Avengers: Infinity War is now playing in theaters, with a cast that includes Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautisa, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Pom Klementieff, Karen Gillan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Sebastian Stan, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Rudd, Benedict Wong, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, Tom Hiddleston, Benicio Del Toro, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and Josh Brolin. Here’s the film’s official synopsis:
As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.
The currently-untitled Avengers 4 features a cast made up of many of the key players in Infinity War — alongside newcomers like Brie Larson and Evangeline Lilly — and is scheduled to hit theaters on May 3, 2019.