There are plenty of characters that have been on screen during the first eight years of the MCU, but if you asked most people which one they needed to see more from, a popular answer would likely be that giant purple guy smirking at the end of The Avengers. While we have gotten two glimpses of Thanos in post-credit scenes, his biggest appearance was in Guardians of the Galaxy. He is on screen for less than five minutes in that film and that is the guy tasked to take out the Avengers in a few years? Audiences do not have much to go on from what has been shown on screen, but his history in the comics shows that, done right, he will be a worthy foe when the time comes.
That time will come in 2018 and 2019 when two parts of the currently titled Avengers: Infinity War are released, and Thanos is set to have a mighty big role in both. His debut appearance featured motion capture work by Damion Poitier (who recently was a Crossbones henchman in Civil War), but since then we have seen the look and heard the voice of Josh Brolin. Brolin is gearing up for the film to start production at the end of the year and apparently has gone through the entire story recently. In an interview with Moviefone, Brolin was asked about his excitement for his true debut and said he was “blown away” by what Marvel is planning.
Yeah, I sat at a table and I listened to the story from beginning to end, which was … you know, sometimes you go around and you go, “Oh, it’s a great movie. Or this is a great experience,” and you kind of know that it’s not. This is the opposite.
First of all, from a publicity point of view, or an interest, I’ve gotten more publicity playing Thanos, even though I haven’t done it yet, than all other movies combined. If there’s any blurb of publicity at all for me, it includes Thanos in some way or another. “By the way, he’s got Hail, Caesar! coming out. But don’t forget about Thanos — that’s coming out,” which is amazing, which is really cool.
Then the other side of it is really how much it means to people. It all comes down … these stories … these Avengers stories all come down to this conclusion, and that’s our involvement. Basically, my character against everybody. And it’s really fun what they’ve chosen to do with the story. I think it’s brilliant, personally. I was blown away, and had goose pimples pretty much 50% of the time that I was listening to what was going on, and pretty amazed that I’m going to be involved in it. So it’s a big thing that’s coming up.
With Brolin recently being briefed on what is to come and going off of what we have previously heard about the state of the script, it appears Marvel has a semi-final draft on their hands. I’m sure not every line of dialogue Brolin heard or character included will in fact be in the finale version, but it is just another necessary step that has been taken before the films actually start filming. Thanos has plenty of hype built up around him and Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus know they have a difficult task on their hands, but coming off their success with Civil War and teaming up once again with Joe and Anthony Russo should help calm anyone who is potentially worried about his portrayal. Let us know if these comments make you excited for Thanos in the comments below!
Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 is scheduled to hit theaters May 4, 2018. Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 is scheduled to hit theaters May 3, 2019.