The villain Thanos may want to destroy half the universe in Marvel's "Avengers: Infinity War," but according to directors Joe and Anthony Russo, he's sympathetic — and that's the most frightening thing of all.
When the movie hits theaters next week, audiences will get their best look yet at Thanos, played by Josh Brolin, whose battle against the Avengers has been teased and built up for the past 10 years of Marvel Cinematic Universe movies.
In an interview with Newsweek, the Russo brothers revealed "the most frightening thing about Thanos" is that he might actually have good reasons for his evil deeds.
"While he has a horrific goal in mind, he has a lot of conviction,” Anthony Russo told Newsweek. “Some of what he’s looking for in the movie is actually very understandable. That, I think, is where it gets very uncomfortable and challenging. You find yourself empathising with him.”
"You don’t root for Thanos,” Dan DeLeeuw, Infinity War’s visual effects supervisor, told Newsweek. “But there’s something very charismatic about him."
This description resembles the "Black Panther" villain Killmonger, played by Michael B. Jordan, who was praised by critics and audiences for being a sympathetic figure even though his methods were brutal.
The character was so captivating that #KillmongerWasRight was trending on Twitter after the film's release because of how strong an argument he made despite the morally questionable execution of his goals.
It might be hard to root for a guy who wants to wipe out most of humanity — including the Avengers — but we'll see just how compelling Thanos' motives are when "Avengers: Infinity War" is released on April 27.