Marvel Studios' President Kevin Feige has commented on the criticism that his movies have had in a lack of focus regarding the villains. During a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 set visit, the longtime movie producer said that the criticism is "probably true" but its for a larger purpose.
“It always starts with what serves the story the most and what serves the hero the most,” Feige said, according to io9. “A big criticism of ours is that we focus on the heroes more than the villains, I think that’s probably true.”
Feige went back to the original Guardians of the Galaxy as an example.
"Ronan’s great, Lee Pace did an awesome job, absolutely serves it, but certainly was there to go up against our heroes and to give our heroes a reason for coming together," said Feige. "Loki, a great character, serves, in a lot of ways, Thor. Zemo served that conflict between Cap and Iron Man.”
Since he was on the set of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Feige touched on that film's villains, saying that they too will follow in that mold.
“Taserface and Ayesha are less grandiose in their ambitions than Ronan was, for instance,” Feige said. “Ayesha just wants to kill them for slighting her, and Taserface wants to lead the Ravagers and thinks that Yondu got soft.”
The Marvel Studios' president then pivoted, stating that Thanos will "almost" be the main character in 2018's Avengers: Infinity War.
“In a movie that has a lot of characters, you could almost go so far as to say [the villain Thanos] is the main character. That’s a bit of a departure from what we’ve done before, but that was appropriate for a movie called Infinity War.”
Feige then pointed back to Marvel Studios' debut in 2008 with Iron Man, contrasting it with Warner Bros. The Dark Knight.
“In 2008, two superhero movies that came out One focused on the villain, one focused on the hero, and we at Marvel looked at them, like ‘Yeah, we focus on the heroes. We don’t mind that. We like that.’ Please don’t start a flame war. Nobody wants that. We don’t do that. But, again, it really always is what serves the story.”