What did Thanos do after he successfully wiped out half of all life in the entire universe at the end of Infinity War? What anyone does after they accomplish their lifelong goals and have the means to do so. He retired. This, according to co-director Joe Russo who, along with his brother Anthony Russo, are in the driver’s seat for next year’s follow-up, Avengers: Endgame, which will bring the Mad Titan back for some more action. But knowing that Thanos is retired, at least for now, raises some questions.
The Russo brothers recently did an interview and discussed a few key points about Infinity War, as well as next year’s follow-up Avengers: Endgame, which they, unfortunately, can’t say too much about at the present time. During the interview, Joe Russo was asked about what Thanos did after his now infamous and very deadly finger snap. Here’s what he had to say about it.
“He’s retired. He’s succeeded in the thing he has set out to do. He’s done. He did it.”
It may sound a bit shocking and anticlimactic when first thinking about it, but it actually does make a great deal of sense. Thanos had a singular goal and, as we see in Infinity War, he’s been chasing that goal for a very long time. It’s been about balancing the universe and, in his mind, killing lots and lots of beings was the best way to do that. Getting the Infinity Stones was a means to an end. It was simply the most efficient way for him to accomplish that goal. Now he’s accomplished that. So why not move on? Take a breather.
When last we saw Thanos, he had transported to some unknown, tranquil location to bask in his glory and tend to his near-fatal wound at the hands of Thor. The Avengers: Endgame teaser scarcely showed Thanos at all, save for his hand grazing some greenery in a lush field. So that didn’t really clue us in as to what he’s up to or what state he’ll be in when we meet back up with him next summer. We’re guessing he’s going to be called out of retirement by the remaining heroes. As for whether or not they’re going to be able to top what came before? Joe Russo had this to say.
“Whether we top Infinity War or not, I don’t know. But we try to tell the best story we can with these characters. This is bringing to a close the first decade of stories. I think that alone has a dramatic power to it.”
It’s going to be interesting to see what events have to transpire in order to bring Thanos out of retirement. If he gets wind of Captain America and the rest of the Avengers who are still left trying to undo his deed, that might be enough to do it. Avengers: Endgame is set to arrive in theatres on April 26, 2019. This news was first reported by Empire Magazine.