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With such a memorable array of heroes, it's hard to pinpoint who the real star of the MCU is. Sure, Robert Downey Jr.'s snarky take on Iron Man has been a clear highlight, but then again, it's hard to look away when Chris Evans and his impressive arms muscle their way onto our screens.

Captain America: Civil War [Credit: Marvel Studios]
Captain America: Civil War [Credit: Marvel Studios]

Avengers: Infinity War is set to star the biggest cast assembled yet by , featuring a chaotic mix of A-list stars and iconic who will all vie for attention in the film's epic final cut. Marvel Studios have maintained an impressive track record up to now, but it's doubtful that even the power of the Infinity Gauntlet itself could contain all of these powerhouse personalities in the space of one movie.

How Will 'Infinity War' Address This Problem?

Fortunately for The Russo Brothers, Marvel's head honcho Kevin Feige has just revealed that Thanos and his menacing purple mug will now take center stage in Avengers: Infinity War instead, hopefully negating any squabbles among Earth's Mightiest Heroes.

Avengers Assemble [Credit: Marvel Studios]
Avengers Assemble [Credit: Marvel Studios]

Speaking to journalists on the set of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Feige explained that:

"Thanos in Infinity War is – in a movie that has a lot of characters, you could almost go so far as to say he is the main character, and that’s a bit of a departure from what we’ve done before, but that was appropriate for a movie called Infinity War."

It's a rather bold move on Marvel's part to reveal that Thanos will be star of Avengers: Infinity War. After all, the villainous dictator has made little impact on fans up to now, not doing much apart from sitting angrily in his chair, and occasionally flashing his fancy new glove.

While Josh Brolin is admittedly very good at what he does, this means that the studio are still putting an extraordinary amount of faith into someone who's mostly lurked in the shadows up to now. Especially when you consider that Marvel don't have the best track record in this regard...

Will Thanos Finally Solve Marvel's Villain Problem?

Avengers: Age of Ultron [Credit: Marvel Studios]
Avengers: Age of Ultron [Credit: Marvel Studios]

The likes of Thor and Captain America may fight their enemies on a daily basis, but Marvel itself has a far bigger villain problem. Up to now, Marvel have been reluctant to address how most of their villains have fallen even flatter than their two-dimensional personalities — and why would they? The Marvel formula has continued to prove itself as a winning one, both commercially and critically — up until now.

Malekith in Thor: The Dark World [Credit: Marvel Studios]
Malekith in Thor: The Dark World [Credit: Marvel Studios]

However, in a surprise move that was likely aimed at dispelling discussions such as these, Kevin Feige openly acknowledged the 's villain problem, suggesting that Thanos will succeed where the likes of Malekith and Ronan The Accuser have failed before:

“Well, I mean, it always varies, but it always starts with what serves the story the most and what serves the hero the most. We’ve been criticized, if a big criticism of ours is that we focus on the heroes more than the villains, I think that’s probably true. I don’t think it will always be true and I think some of you spoke to Chris and Steve at the Civil War junket. When the heck was that, yesterday? Last week? And they talked about, in appropriately oblique terms, Thanos."

While it's heartening to hear that Marvel are actively striving to fix their villain problem, it's hard to judge how effective this approach will be at such an early stage. Until we see more of Thanos in action, there's still a chance that the Mad Titan may lack the personality of the heroes he will fight, although his odd and disturbingly sexual fascination with Death certainly helps Thanos stand out from amongst his peers.

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Of course, there's also a chance that Feige's comments have been taken far too literally. After all, the Avengers themselves will undoubtedly take precedence throughout Infinity War, unless Marvel decide to tell the story solely through the eyes of Thanos, but the Mad Titan will surely play a key role regardless.

Find out more about the Infinity Gauntlet in this clip that explains the Thanos Theory in more detail:

Will Thanos turn out to be as charismatic as Tom Hiddleston's Loki, or will we have another Whiplash on our hands? It's a tough call, but let's just hope that Marvel have figured out how to solve their villain problem by the time that Avengers: Infinity War hits cinemas on May 4, 2018.

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