Thanos had made his debut appearance in the MCU in the post-credits scene of The Avengers movie, and this was a surprise to most Marvel fans. Then, over the next 6 years, the character had made a few cameos in Marvel movies, and the fans cannot help but notice that he looks different in Avengers: Infinity War. Matt Aitken, the movie’s visual effects’ supervisor, had explained further on this:
“Those sequences in Guardians is where we see him most clearly in the previous MCU films,” Aitken had said.
“It was a wonderful freedom to not have to match that exactly. I think it’s one thing to have a Thanos who in those scenes was definitely more stylized, holed up for those short beats that he was in those films. But when he had to be the lead character and hold film and appear in hundreds and hundreds of shots, it was great to have the latitude to refine his look, to make his facial appearance more natural, so he’s definitely more detailed and has a more natural shape to his face, to his lips, to his brow, his nose, and all those details we’re talking about in terms of the blemishes and the pores and the stubble.”
When Thanos had debuted in the 2012 movie, all the fans recognized this character because he looked similar to his comic book counterpart. The visual design team really wanted to alter the villain’s appearance in order to give the audiences a realistic character which was capable of delivering an emotional performance.
The Mad Titan is not the only character for whom the look has evolved over the past few years, with almost every character changing appearances and costumes.
“If we’d been confined to those earlier iterations, it would have been too much of a limitation, I think, so that was never an issue,” Aitken had noted.
“Right from the start, Marvel recognized the need to go to the next version of Thanos, and we were never asked to match that earlier version at all.”
Other upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe movies include Ant-Man and the Wasp on July 6th, Captain Marvel opens on March 8, 2019, the fourth Avengers movie on May 3, 2019, the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming on July 5, 2019, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in 2020.