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Avengers: Infinity War is creating waves of excitement, especially after San Diego Comic-Con where fans were given even more insight into the MCU with new posters and trailers. Besides some changes in appearances, the movie will properly introduce us to Thanos, the nigh-unstoppable supervillain.

So far, we know that Thanos is set out to gather in the Infinity Stones in order to reign over the galaxy, and the storyline is set to give us one of Marvel's most iconic villains yet. In fact, Infinity War director recently said that he would like to see Thanos become the next Darth Vader. In an interview with, Russo stated:

"The stakes are incredibly high. I wanted to turn Thanos into Darth Vader for a new generation. He’s an incredibly intense character. Sociopathic. He takes no prisoners. I think the audience needs to be prepared when they go see these movies.”

Will Thanos Be The Next Darth Vader?

To be remembered as not only 's greatest villain, but to become an evergreen figure as one of cinema's staple antagonists is no easy feat. Darth Vader became inhumane in the eyes of audiences with his mysterious facade and disturbing breathing paired with his legendary cruelty. So what would it take for Thanos to be crowned as an iconic villain on par with George Lucas' Darth Vader from Star Wars?

While we hope will give an unforgettable performance, let's evaluate what circumstances helped to shape Darth Vader as one of cinema's most favorable villains:

1. A Frightening Facade

Darth Vader [Credit: Lucas Films]
Darth Vader [Credit: Lucas Films]

Part of Vader's claim to villain fame is his sleek yet menacing, all-black look. Coupled with his mechanical voice and breathing, Vader claimed a uniquely faceless, evil facade. Previously, Thanos' warlord look was a little overwhelmed with golden armor, but thankfully Marvel has remedied this and Thanos' new exterior is something to be remembered.

2. An Iconic Line

"I am your father." Even the two people in the world who haven't seen the Star Wars films would recognize this line. It's been recreated over and over again in film, purely because it was an unforeseen twist in Luke Skywalker's story that made the viewers second guess everything they thought knew about as a villain. A great way for Thanos to be shoe-in for Iconic Villain™ status is to give him a line that will send chills down the audience's spine.

3. A Memorable Backstory

[Credit: Marvel Entertainment]
[Credit: Marvel Entertainment]

Along with the famous line came the realization that Vader was more than just a monster determined to consume intergalactic power. In order for to be on par with Darth Vader, audiences need to be privy to an unforeseen backstory that makes us see him as more than just a cookie-cutter villain.

This is already set to be promising since Karen Gillan recently revealed that there's more to her backstory than we have seen. As the daughter of Thanos, Nebula's mysterious history with her father may be the storyline Thanos needs in order to generate a plot twist that will blow audiences away.

The last few movies in the MCU have shown that Marvel is starting to get better about fleshing out its villains. Michael Keaton's turn as Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming was widely praised, and audiences really enjoyed Kurt Russell's take on Ego the Living Planet in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. With Cate Blanchett's Hela in Thor: Ragnarok already looking like a bona fide badass, and the multiple villains of Black Panther heading our way next year, it looks like Marvel is finally laying the groundwork for Thanos to outrank them all in .

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