Avengers: Infinity War finally featured Earth's Mightiest Heroes battling against Thanos and the powers granted to him by the Infinity Stones. One of the more popular fight sequences from the crossover film was the Battle on Titan, which had Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, Star-Lord, Drax, and Mantis going toe to toe with the Mad Titan himself.
Sequences like these take months of planning, from writing, to pre-visualization, to post-production VFX. Every frame of film is given the same intense attention to detail, and with a sequence as large-scale as the Battle on Titan, there are still some hidden elements to be discovered.
Concept artist Jerad Marantz has revealed a close-up look at an early bat creature design for the Titan battle in Avengers: Infinity War, which can be seen on Marantz's Instagram.
The caption states that the creature was intended to be used in Thanos' fight against Doctor Strange, and that the creatures were originally "going to be much more prominently featured." The only bat creatures that did end up in the final film were in a brief part at the beginning of the Titan sequence where Thanos turns a structure into the bats by using the Reality Stone, sending them to attack our hero.
The reveal that the creature was supposed to be in the fight between Thanos and Doctor Strange does not come as much of a surprise, given that the screenwriters of Infinity War have already revealed that this particular fight sequence was supposed to be much longer than it was in the final film. Though, it definitely would have still been interesting to see just how Thanos used these bat creatures in a more specific and prominent manner.
Given their terrifying appearance, it looks as if they were intended to strike fear into the other heroes, or at least against Doctor Strange. The Mad Titan could even possibly have meant for these to break Strange's concentration during the sorcery vs. Infinity Stones head-to-head.
Whatever the case may be, it's exciting to still be able to discover new details from the highly popular film, and speculate exactly why the filmmakers wanted to use these truly frightening creatures against Earth's Mightiest Heroes.