The Living Tribunal Almost Appeared In ‘Avengers: Infinity War’
The battle on Titan was almost very different. Avengers: Infinity War screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely revealed they wrote a scene that included the Living Tribunal during the sequence on Thanos’ homeworld.
In an interview with The New York Times, the writing duo talked about wanting to use the obscure Marvel Comic character:
“We did try to put the Living Tribunal in the first movie. We wrote a scene in which he appeared during the Titan fight. And everyone was like, what? whoa. He’s got three heads. It would indicate a whole different level of architecture to the universe and I think that was too much to just throw in.”
Created by Stan Lee, Marie Severin, and Herb Trimpe, the Living Tribunal first appeared in Strange Tales #157 in June of 1967. The character serves as a judge of the Marvel Universe, maintaining balance in the various realities that reside within the multiverse. At one point in the comics, the Tribunal allowed Thanos to wield the power of the Infinity Gauntlet, a decision he later regretted.
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