Josh Brolin is Thanos in Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

Published 11 months ago by , Updated June 2nd, 2014 at 12:09 pm,

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The collective Marvel movie news membrane is still trembling after this week’s hard headline that fan-favorite director Edgar Wright dropped out of directing Ant-Man, a project he single-handedly pushed for just about a decade. While fans wait for the official word on Ant-Man‘s new director, they can feast on some HUGE casting news surrounding the MCU: the actor who is playing Thanos in Guardians of the Galaxy – and maybe even beyond to films like The Avengers 3has been announced, and it’s none other than Josh Brolin.

Latino Review first dropped a rumor that has since been confirmed by Variety.

Thanos first appeared in the mid-credits scene of The Avengers (a motion-capture performance by actor Damion Poitier). It has since been teased that Thanos is acting as an over-arching villain whose machinations and presence will be felt all throughout the MCU – especially in a film like Guardians of the Galaxy, which further introduces Marvel’s cosmic characters and storylines. Following comic book canon, Thanos’ plot seems to be gathering together “Infinity Stones” like The Tesseract or The Aether, in order to form his Infinity Gauntlet, a weapon that essentially gives him the power of God.

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After the events of Thor: The Dark World, we spoke with Marvel head Kevin Feige about Thanos and his Infinity Gauntlet plot possibly coming to fruition in Avengers 3, where the Mad Titan will presumably take center stage, at last. We’ve also heard that Thanos will appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but how (and for how long) remains unclear.

Feige suggested about a month ago that the Thanos actor had already been cast, and at that time, we questioned what that late-in-the-game information meant in regards to how Thanos will be realized onscreen in Guardians. Will it be through CGI and voice work (like Bradley Cooper’s Rocket Raccoon)? Or perhaps through motion-capture performance (like Vin Diesel’s Groot)? Or, if they’ve had Brolin for some time, could they have already developed makeup and prosthetics for a traditional performance (like with Alexis Denisof, who played Thanos’ henchman The Other in Avengers)? And will the method used in Guardians stay consistent through future MCU films – or will the tactics change based on screen time, performance etc.?

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Since we don’t know yet how long Brolin has been with camp Marvel, the finer details about the nature of Thanos’ appearance in Guardians remain unclear for now – as does the question of whether or not this is a longterm casting, or simply more star power being put behind Guardians. However, knowing Marvel Studios, this chess move was almost definitely made diligently, with thought towards the future.

On a side note: this casting also knocks down one of two big rumors about Vin Diesel possibly having a bigger role in the MCU; now, with everything happening regarding The Kree alien race and mythos, it’s seeming more and more likely that Diesel could snag that Black Bolt role in Inhumans. Could Comic-Con 2014 be that very reveal?

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For Brolin, this marks a fifth comic book role he’s taken on in the last few years. He played DC’s Jonah Hex (2010); stepped in to play the young version of Agent K in Men in Black 3; was the lead in Spike Lee’s American remake of Oldboy; and he will soon play a pre-surgery version of Clive Owen’s character in the prequel/interquel film Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Of course, when it comes to playing an iconic villain like Thanos, Brolin is definitely stepping to the next level of comic book flicks. However, it’s pretty safe to say that he’s doing so as an actor likely to have the majority of fan approval at his back.

Let’s test that theory:

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Guardians of the Galaxy opens August 1, 2014The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 17, 2015, Captain America 3 on May 6 2016, and unannounced films for July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.

Sources: Variety & Latino Review


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    • 3 words! … Motion-Capture-Technology

  1. I dont care if Thanos beats Drax,takes a dump on the tree and wipes himself with the raccoon.

    I will still have no interest in seeing this turd of a movie.

    • Why the hate bro?

    • And how exactly do you know for certain that it’s (going to be) a turd? Do you happen to be gifted with prescience? Or are you just a trolling clown? You do realize that none of these options will make anyone take you seriously and that there is no third option, right?

  2. who is this other X-Fan posting? it is not me guess I will change my name. I however like Brolin in Oldboy and look forward to seeing him as Thanos, also hope Vin Diesel gets the black bolt role I really want to see an Inhumans film. Hope they announce a Hulk solo film, and Namor movie soon.

    • Dude, I really feel your need for a Hulk film, but sadly TIH only netted $100 Million profit, prolly barely enough to cover its marketing investment. I mean it made enough to cover its budget (150 Million) with a worldwide gross of 263 Million, but it’s a real shame that it didn’t do any better.

      I wonder if the film had done any better if they’d kept in the more character driven elements that we see in the 45 minutes of deleted scenes with Banner, Betty & Doc. Samson. My bitcoin says that whenever I watch TIH, I also squeeze in watching the deleted scenes because it’s a better film that makes more sense that way & has much more heart. It’s a shame Norton has to be so difficult (sigh) but I would be there opening night for a Hulk film with Mark Ruffalo in it.

      I can see it: The Hulk vs Submariner!

      • If I’m not mistaken, that’s why Norton isn’t Banner anymore

        I read somewhere that Norton has a habit of taking his scripts and adding/taking things away in exchange for starring in it. Marvel said, “Sure, if u play Banner you can do w.e you want” (Not exactly like that, but you get what I’m saying).

        So Norton goes and adds the extra character stuff to give everyone more depth. Well, Marvel was more or less like, “Well, this is cool and all but the film is way too long now, plus, the first Hulk was too feely anyway, and we’re going for more action this time,” so they cut all the extra out.

        So then Norton was all like, “Heeellll naw. I only agreed to do this film because you let me tweak it, and then you took all my stuff back out!!11 ARGHH NORTON SMASH!!”

        Boom, he gets fired.


        Hulk vs Submariner is an awesome idea, I’d pay to watch that.. TWICE

    • Vin Diesel starring as Black Bolt… Considering that the most interesting thing in this lousy actor is his voice, I have only one question: why? Do you really think he’ll be convincingly portraying emotions with his face and eyes?

  3. Hmmm… Thanos with a Southern accent?

    If he can lose that accent of his, then he might do well as Thanos.