Thanos actor Josh Brolin doesn’t mind if fans hate him after seeing his character clash with the Avengers in the upcoming superhero epic, Avengers: Infinity War. In the film that’s being called the culmination of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Josh Brolin’s Thanos will finally take his place as the villain of not just the Avengers, but the MCU as a whole. The character will take on Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, and the Guardians of the Galaxy. Aided by his children, the Black Order, Thanos will be presented to fans as “Darth Vader for a new generation.”
That puts a lot of pressure on the actor who has also suited up as another major Marvel player in Deadpool 2, but whereas that role is likely going to earn Brolin a legion of new fans, his turn as the purple-skinned Thanos might elicit some feelings more along the negative end of the emotional spectrum.
In an interview with Collider, Brolin talked about how fans might react to his performance as the Mad Titan, as well as the actions of his character. Pointing out that “not everybody can be on your side,” Brolin called working with the Russos and playing Thanos one of the greatest experiences he’s ever had, saying he’s in a position where not everybody loves him “and that’s okay.”
“I don’t know how I could be anything but happy. If everybody hates me at the end of it, I don’t know, will it be worth it if it’s a great movie? Maybe.”
If Brolin’s Thanos is anything like his comic book counterpart, it’s easy to guess why the actor might think that fans may hate him after the movie. Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige previously compared Thanos’ motives in the movie to his actions in Infinity Gauntlet, and if the statement is accurate, fans can expect Thanos to be the most destructive character ever encountered in the MCU.
Upon obtaining all of the Infinity Gems in Infinity Gauntlet, Thanos cold-bloodedly wiped out half of the universe as a demonstration of his power that he hoped would win the heart of Mistress Death. This single action made Thanos the most infamous murderer in the history of the Marvel Universe.
And if destroying half of the universe wasn’t enough, Thanos personally killed his own father, War Machine, She-Hulk, Adam Warlock, his adopted daughter Gamora, and other beloved Marvel icons. If Thanos kills off any MCU favorites in Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos may indeed wind up hated by fans. In any case, this kind of reaction will be good for the character and for Marvel, who has been criticized for having a “villain problem.” If any villain can fix that, who could it be if not Thanos?
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