Avengers: Infinity War Cut Some Quite Embarrassing Thanos Scenes
Avengers: Infinity War landed in the Marvel Cinematic Universe before the idea of infinite multiverses became just a fact of life. However, we've now got some insight into the many, many different versions of the film which might have been.
"We wrote some scenes, sort of flashbacky scenes of a young Thanos on Titan trying to make his case," co-writer Christopher Markus told Backstory magazine. "And part of the reason it went away is it got a little too Jor-El on Krypton making his case [in Superman], you know?"
It actually sounds quite a lot worse than that. The course of one of the biggest films of all time could have been derailed by an unexpected tribute to that bit in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace where Senator Palpatine flies around the Senate talking about trade embargoes.
"And it’s a scene that’s only doing one thing," co-writer Stephen McFeely added. "What we settled on were all those scenes that explained any history he had with Gamora. Those are doing more than one thing, because they’re highlighting his relationship with the daughter he’s going to have to sacrifice."
Very sensible. Elsewhere another draft completely flipped the perspective of Infinity War on its head.
"There was one where Thanos narrated the whole movie, and it sort of had the tone of a gangster film, where you’ve got this heavy narration from his point of view," co-director Joe Russo said.
"It was an interesting experiment, taught us a lot about him as a character, but it ultimately didn't work as a movie structurally. The narration was repetitive, but it led us to the sort of smash-and-grab structure we ultimately used."
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